Hyundai Motor Company has finally showcased the much anticipated Kona subcompact SUV before its public launch at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new subcompact SUV from the South Korean carmaker is made on all-new B platform and has a very quirky design compared to the typical design language of Hyundai cars. While the Hyundai Kona SUV has been particularly designed for the US and the European markets, there is a chance that Hyundai might consider bringing the car to India. Globally, the Hyundai Kona will rival the likes of the Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Juke and even the upcoming Toyota C-HR.
Up front, the Kona SUV comes with Hyundai’s signature cascading grille design with chrome surrounds and a sleek air intake above for better air inflow. The subcompact SUV also features a unique two-tier headlamps cluster with sharp dagger shaped LED DRLs above and large primary projector lamps placed below in large plastic cladding that merge into the wheel arches on both sides. The front bumper is also very stylishly designed with underbody plastic cladding, a silver bumper lip and a central airfam flanked by fog lamps on both sides. Bonnet has got a sharp character lines that give this car a muscular look.
The side profile of the Hyundai Kona is typical muscular crossover/SUV, thanks to the flared wheel arches, the muscular shoulder line and underbody plastic cladding. The Kona comes in a dual tone color format. The floating roof design is colored in black along with other features like sleek outside rear-view mirror, sporty two-tone chrome and black alloy wheels and roof rails. Even from the rear the car looks very impressive thanks to the similar two-tier tail lamp setup, rear diffuser and beefy rear bumper.
Cabin layout of Kona will be sleek and simple. An advance AVN system with smart infotainment features will be installed along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automatic climate control, keyless entry are some other attributes of the cabin we expect to see.
The new Hyundai Kona will be available in many combinations of petrol and diesel engines along with both FWD (front wheel drive) and RWD (rear wheel drive). Mainly the car will come with a 2 liter MPI petrol engine that makes 147 bhp and develops 179 Nm of peak torque, mated with a six speed automatic transmission. There is also a more powerful 1.6 liter turbocharged diesel engine that makes 175 bhp and 265 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 7 speed dual clutch transmission.
Hyundai will also provide a 1-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that makes 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. There will also be a 1.6-litre diesel engine for selected markets, including Europe.
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