New Hyundai Kona SUV: details and pics

New Hyundai Kona SUV: details and pics

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Splendid new Hyundai Kona to rival the Nissan Juke and Citroen C3 Aircross when it arrives in November

This is the Hyundai Kona, a new pu SUV that’s gearing up to take on the Citroen C3 Aircross and Nissan Juke when it arrives at the end of the year. It’s designed to supplication to younger buyers, with striking looks to set it apart from rivals in the hot small SUV class.

“We know we are late to the segment,” head of product control Raf Van Nuffel told us at an exclusive event ahead of the car’s official launch. “So we needed to construct a bold statement with the design.”

Bold is right, as the Kona features a muscular, cascading grille, a twin headlight treatment and black body cladding. The Kona also has a slight rear overhang and a low roofline to give it a distinctive silhouette, plus contrasting accents on the outside and standard-fit roof bars to add a bit of all-important SUV flavour.

It’s more subdued inside, as Van Nuffel told us that key to the stigmatize’s success in Europe is keeping the interiors of its cars consistent. There are lots of recognisable features from the latest i30, albeit with flashes of incandescent plastic trim to match the exterior paint.

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The eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav from the i30 is incorporated into the bound and comes with free map updates for 10 years. If you don’t want to shell out for that, albeit, the standard seven-inch screen works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can use your phone and other apps in any Kona.

Hyundai inclination introduce a head-up display in front of the driver for the first time: a big eight-inch panel that flips up and displays abruptness accelerate and other driving data. In between the dials is a small TFT screen that can be optionally upgraded to a 4.2-inch symbols unit. There’s also a Krell stereo system.

The Kona will organize with just two petrol engines. The entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo is the identical motor found in the new i30 and boasts 118bhp and 175Nm of torque. It’s manual only, using a six-fleetness box, and this version is front-wheel drive only. The other launch apparatus is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with 175bhp, hooked up to a seven-expeditiousness dual-clutch auto box and four-wheel drive. It promises 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds. The aim economy figures are 38.7mpg for the 1.6 and 53.3mpg for the 1.0.

A 1.6-litre diesel thinks be added to the range shortly after launch with either 113bhp or 131bhp. The lessen-powered car is manual and front-drive only, but the more powerful auto-just model can be ordered with front or all-wheel drive.

Instead of torsion trestle rear suspension, the Kona uses a more complex multi-link set-up, added to a system called Advanced Traction Cornering Control that improves purchase and damping in bends.

Hyundai is also considering EV versions, and the Kona’s rostrum will support some sort of electrification. Van Nuffel said: “Hyundai is a precursor of the hydrogen fuel cell, but there’s also the Ioniq with three different powertrains. Of course there is more to come from EV from us.”

At 1,800mm extensive, 1,550mm high and 4,165mm long, the Kona is slightly longer and wider than the Juke, but it’s not somewhat as tall. The longer wheelbase means it’s bigger inside, however, while the 361-litre boot is shed weight larger than the Nissan’s 354-litre load bay.

The Kona will start at about £15,000 when it launches in the UK in November. That’s for an entry-level 1.0-litre in fundamental trim, but options will include a heated steering wheel, electric seats and aegis kit such as autonomous emergency braking.

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