New Hyundai Kona SUV: prices, specs and release date

New Hyundai Kona SUV: prices, specs and release date

0 comments 📅23 June 2017, 19:00

Out of the ordinary new Hyundai Kona to rival the Nissan Juke and Citroen C3 Aircross when it goes on yard sale in November

This is the Hyundai Kona, a new small 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 solicitation to younger buyers, with striking looks to set it apart from rivals in the accepted small SUV class.

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

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

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

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The eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav from the i30 is incorporated into the race 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 wishes introduce a head-up display in front of the driver for the first time: a big eight-inch panel that flips up and displays hastiness and other driving data. In between the dials is a small TFT screen that can be optionally upgraded to a 4.2-inch p unit. There’s also a Krell stereo system.

The Kona will originate with just two petrol engines. The entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo is the unmodified motor found in the new i30 and boasts 118bhp and 175Nm of torque. It’s manual only, using a six-dispatch 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-hurry dual-clutch auto box and four-wheel drive. It promises 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds. The quarry economy figures are 38.7mpg for the 1.6 and 53.3mpg for the 1.0.

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

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

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

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

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

What do you deem of the new Hyundai Kona? Let us know below…


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