Hyundai Kona joins compact-crossover fray

Hyundai Kona joins compact-crossover fray

0 comments 📅14 June 2017, 00:30

This week in Seoul, South Korea, Hyundai completely pulled back the covers on the all-new Kona, the automaker’s first compact crossover. The Kona enters one of the hottest segments on the vend and will compete straight against Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, and Fiat 500X. The stylish Kona slots downstairs the larger Santa Fe and Tucson, filling out the Hyundai’s crossover offerings. The new model goes on tag sale in Korea later this month, hitting showrooms in Europe and the US later this year.

Like others in this joint, the Kona sells itself on style as well as substance. The design is more quarrelsome than Hyundai’s other crossover offerings, though the automaker says it hints at a new supervising for other products. After a few years of conservative design throughout its lineup, Hyundai has returned to the confident direction that kicked off with the sleek 2010 Sonata.

The Kona’s heavy-set, shield-like grille is similar to that on the new Elantra GT and refreshed Sonata. There’s a extensive air scoop just above the new grille. There’s a lot of outside influence on the design. The breather of the body has a taut, masculine look. Big fenders and sharp creases carry on the hardy look. Hyundai is calling the black cladding “armor,” though we’re not sure verbatim how much it protects. It’s going to be a divisive design choice for sure. Like the Toyota C-HR, the Kona can be had with a contrasting roof color.

The Kona makes use of LED lighting both fa and rear, though the low placed headlights remind us of the controversial ones on the Jeep Cherokee. The taillights are widespread off the mark, slim units that aren’t like anything else in Hyundai’s lineup. Like so innumerable compact crossovers, it looks more like a high-riding hatchback than a shrunken SUV. It’s a substantial design though that’s more tough than cute.

The interior has been designed with skill first. Hyundai boasts that the Kona has the best-in-class interior span. The simple layout is far more conservative than the exterior, but it appears well designed and marvellously arranged. Like the Elantra GT, the infotainment screen sits above the dash like a plate. It’s a common design feature, though not always a popular one.

The Kona can be had with a 5, 7, or 8-inch infotainment parade, though availability depends on the market. Higher-spec models come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD and hanger-on radio, a rearview camera, and in the US, 4G telematics. The Kona will have wireless smartphone charging. It intention also come with a heads-up display, a feature more and more average on modern cars.

For many crossover shoppers, safety is paramount. The Kona uses g-strength steel to reduce weight and increase passive safety. As Hyundai loves to quiddity out, it’s the only automaker to make its own steel to produce its vehicles worldwide. The Kona desire pack a whole host of active safety features, including forward-smash-up avoidance, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, blind-splodge monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The exhaust and all-wheel drive way have been fitted in way that minimizes interior intrusion. Out back, the stay has been designed to allow a low load floor and lower rear seats, help both interior space and headroom. The rear seats fold flat while the tush cargo area has two height settings.

The Kona will use a variety of engines, granted only two are likely to make it to the US. The first is a 2.0-liter inline four making almost 147 horsepower. It will be mounted to a six-speed automatic transmission and is good for 0-62 mph in thither 10 seconds. Not exactly screaming, but average for the class. The engine runs on the thrifty Atkinson cycle, which should help boost a yet-to-be rated fuel conciseness.

The upgraded powertrain is Hyundai’s turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four and 7-haste dual-clutch combo. With a total of 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, the duo purposefulness move the Kona from 0-62 mph in 7.7 seconds, genuinely quick for the classification. Europe will have the choice of a 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder motor or a 1.6-liter diesel.

Like nearly everything in the class, the Kona desire have an optional all-wheel drive system. Hyundai hasn’t said if it disposition be available with every engine. While the Kona uses a McPherson parade system up front, the rear suspension understandably differs depending on the all-wheel mot system. The front-wheel drive models get a torsion beam out back while all-wheel pressure models get a dual-arm multi-link setup.

Final pricing, fuel frugality ratings, and an on-sale date haven’t been finalized, though details should be revealed in the next few months.

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