Hyundai has officially taken the wraps off the Kona SUV, and the box looks unusual but cool. The Kona will be their smallest SUV. In the western market, it will join the Tucson and SantaFe. The Kona, like the other two SUVs, gets its name from a part of the coast of Hawaii, USA.
Hyundai Kona Design
The Kona has a new look, with headlights and taillights that are in two separate groups. The turn signals and DRLs are up high, and the LED headlight is down low in the bumper. The fog lights are at the bottom of the bumper, just below the grille. The back has the same story as the front. It looks rough because the wheel arches are strong.
It looks cool and has a cool colour to go with it. The SUV will have blue, orange, red, and green colours. Matching trim will also be used tastefully in the interiors. The gear lever boot surround, the rings around the AC vents, and the contrast stitching on the seats will all match the car’s exterior colour. The pop-up style of the infotainment system gives it a modern look.
The rest of the interior design is typical of Hyundai, and everything has a place that makes sense.
The Kona is 4165mm long, 1800mm wide, 1560mm tall, and has a wheelbase that is 2600mm long. The Creta is 4270mm in length, 1780mm in width, and 1630mm in height. The wheelbase is now 2590 mm, which is 10 mm shorter. The Kona is shorter in length and height, but its body is wider and its wheelbase is longer.
Hyundai Kona Engine
There will be both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
147HP, 179Nm @ 4500RPM
This engine will use the Atkinson cycle, which saves a lot of fuel. A 6-speed automatic with a torque converter will be the standard.
1.6-Litre Turbo Petrol
175HP, 265Nm @ 1500 4500RPM
This engine will get a twin-scroll turbocharger, making it the most powerful and sporty engine.
It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds. It also gets that speed because it has a fast 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
1.0-Litre Turbo Petrol
119HP, 172Nm @ 1500 4500RPM
This will be the basic engine with the least amount of power. With this powertrain, the only choice is a 6-speed transmission. The EcoSport has about the same amount of power as a 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine.
1.6-Litre Turbo Diesel
131HP, 260Nm @ 1900 2750RPM (est.)
Hyundai didn’t say much about this engine, but they did say that it would be used in the European market. This means that it will have about the same amount of power as the 1.6-liter diesel engine in the Verna and Creta.
Hyundai Kona Features
The most important safety features are:
Automatic braking to avoid front-end collisions (using front camera and radar)
Lane keep assist
Driver, pay attention! (in case of sleepy behaviour)
Find and warn about blind spots
Cross-traffic collision alert for the back
Adaptive cruise control is not available.
Front collision avoidance also sounds like a feature that is still being tested, since Hyundai doesn’t say that it can completely avoid collisions. By putting on the brakes, the system can lessen the impact, but it may not be able to completely avoid the crash.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be built in.
The first Hyundai car to have a colour head-up display will be the Kona. It can show lane departure warning, rear cross traffic collision warning, navigation instructions, current speed, and music info.
Hyundai Kona Competition
The Kona has to go up against some of the coolest small SUVs on the international market. With their cool curves, the Nissan Juke, Toyota CH-R, Ford EcoSport, and Honda HR-V will give it a hard time. On the other hand, the tame alternative for buyers in this segment will be the Kia Stonic, which will be coming out soon. The Stonic and the Kona use the same platform and will share most of the mechanical parts.
Hyundai Kona Not Coming To India
We don’t like cool cars very much, and most of the times when we’ve tried to get them, we’ve failed. The funky design of the Kona suggests that it won’t be sold in India. Here, it might be the same as the Creta, which is selling very well. (Most recent update: December 2019) We were wrong: In July 2019, Hyundai India will release the Kona EV.