Previously previewed on Allcarschannel.com, the all-new Hyundai Kona today gets its anticipated world premiere. Hyundai’s latest compact SUV, the Kona has its name derived from the coastal region on the Big Island of Hawaii, U.S.
The New Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai SUVs and is slated to go on sale in its home country in late June then U.S. and Europe next. For the new Kona’s world debut, Hyundai also unveiled a special edition, in the form of the Kona Iron Man edition.
Taking on a bold and masculine design, the new Kona features an ‘armor’ fixture on the signature Cascading grille with mesh pattern that is combined with the futuristic LED lighting. Overall the compact SUV is well-proportioned, with a dynamic silhouette. Its low and wide stance complements the car’s stylish profile, with the long wheel base and short overhangs. Other highlights include ‘Composite lamps’, slim daytime running lights with turn signals and wing-type fenders.
Further stand-out design elements at the side reinforce the car’s tough and functional qualities. Most notably the contrasting black ‘armor’ that provides a protective skin and visually connects the front to the rear. The rear light configuration creates a truly unique signature appearance, thanks to the slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse light; all surrounded by protective skin that begins at the C-pillar garnish.
Up top, the new Kona’s roof is finished with a two-tone color scheme to provide high contrast between the body and wheels.
Interior-wise, the new Hyundai Kona takes up a bold horizontal character line that creates a wide and spacious feel. Even with its compact dimensions and low roof line, the Kona delivers best-in-class interior space. Furthermore, the sleek and simple layout interior contrasts with the bold, adventurous exterior design. The AVN (Audio, Visual, Navigation) monitor incorporates Hyundai’s advanced infotainment features. The monitor appears to float on the dashboard, contributing to the sense of openness.
The mechanical air vents and functional button arrangement reflect the high-tech functionality of the exterior. The AVN and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, fluid details that contribute to a sensuous experience and enhance the comfort-focused environment.
Thanks to the compact SUV’s high ground clearance and elevated seating position, the driver gets a better view while occupants have a more comfort ride. Kona offers occupants generous interior space by optimizing the underfloor layout, including the 4WD drivetrain and exhaust system, to reduce central tunnel intrusion. The suspension component layout is optimized at the rear, allowing for a lower floor and seating position to deliver class-leading levels of headroom and ease of access for rear occupants. At the rear, luggage compartment can be extended with split folding or complete fold down.
The new Kona comes with a premium infotainment system that offers various advanced connectivity features, including Android Auto and CarPlay where specified with a 5-, 7- or 8-inch display (offered as standard or option dependent on market). Further options include DAB digital radio (Europe), HD Radio (U.S.), rear view camera display and 4G telematics (U.S.). Various highlights inside the new Kona consist the Head-Up Display (HUD) and smartphone wireless charging.
The new Hyundai Kona is offered with a combination of gasoline and diesel engines of various power outputs. Options include a 2.0-liter MPI Atkinson engine (149PS) that’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The poweplant can deliver a maximum torque of 179 Nm at 4500rpm; the Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine (177PS/265Nm), paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmissionl; and a 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission. The diesel option, only for the European market, offers 120PS and 172Nm. On top of that, there are three differentiated driving modes (Sports, Normal and Eco) to optimize the torque distribution and gear-shift settings of the new Kona.
The newly-developed SUV’s chassis is engineered to be rigid, topped with a lightweight body for dynamic driving performance and a comfortable ride. To integrate the optional four-wheel drive system, Hyundai created a new intercooler layout and setting for the transmission to minimize intrusion into the cabin space.
The front suspension features a McPherson strut system, receiving a new sub-frame bush mounting and tyre trace to enhance comfort and reduce NVH. Different rear suspension systems have been developed for both 2WD and 4WD, to deliver a comfortable ride and sporty handling with either drivetrain. At the front, the rear subframe receives new bush structure for the 2WD suspension set-up, with a high-stiffness torsion beam for greater stability and control. The 4WD configuration features a dual-arm multi-link suspension system to refine overall driving dynamics on all surface types.
On equipment list, the new Kona receives super-strong structural elements, an innovative multi-load path structure, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), front-view camera, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), and radar systems with Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collison Warning (RCCW).