The 2018 Hyundai Kona SUV takes its name from a Hawaiian island, and we believe this vehicle is going to erupt onto the scene when it goes on sale in U.S. and Canada later this year.
The new subcompact crossover will fill the slot below the Tucson CUV in Hyundai’s line-up, as well as serving as the first entry into the small SUV segment for the Koreans.
It’s a necessary addition for the brand, as this segment is as hot as it gets!
It seems as though all the major players want a piece of this segment, as the Kona is going to need to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, and even their sister company’s entry into the market, the Stonic.
Let’s take a close look at what we can expect from this funky-looking small SUV.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the Hyundai Kona SUV.
1. Hyundai Kona release date
Hyundai unveiled the Kona in Seoul, where roughly 400 journalists from all over the world were on hand to get a look at the new model.
The vehicle will be hitting all the major markets, starting in Korea next month (July), after which it will be made available in North America and Europe.
The US release date of the Hyundai Kona should be sometime in Q4 this year.
2. Available color options
Color is customizable on the Kona, including the ability to add a two-tone roof to your ride.
The available color options will be dependent on market, but Hyundai has stated that 10 unique Kona exterior colors will be available.
Customers can choose two-tone body colors, as well as a roof color that is totally different from the rest of the exterior.
When you do the math, that means a total of 20 different color combinations.
3. Interior design
The theme of the exterior carries over to the inside of the Kona, with smooth, contoured surfaces paired with contrasting dark elements featured throughout.
Once again, customers will have the opportunity to get a little creative with colors, with orange, red, and lime accents all available.
These bright accents are featured on the gearshift, vent surrounds, and the ring on the start button, as well as on the stitching on the seats. A black ceiling is featured with all the different interior color options.
4. Exterior design
The stance of the Kona is wide, giving a real sense of stability, but the one thing that really jumps out on this muscular beauty is the high-contrast fender cladding.
Another very nice element are the twin headlights, with LED daytime running lights sitting on top of the LED headlights, with the entire set-up very nicely embedded in said cladding.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona will also feature the cascading grille, which is set to become a regular feature on all Hyundai models.
While the Kona may be compact, it is an agile looking vehicle, thanks in large part to a sleek profile that features wing style fenders and short rear overhangs.
5. Hyundai Kona tire size
We’ve already mentioned the bold look of the Kona, which is further enhanced by 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels clad in 235/45 R18 tires.
Drivers can also opt for 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as 16-inch steel wheels.
6. Engine & transmission
The engine line-up, which offers increased efficiency and driving dynamics, is as follows:
- 2.0-liter engine delivering 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission;
- 1.6-liter turbo GDI engine delivering 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, mated to a -speed dual-clutch transmission;
- European models offer a 1.0-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 1.6-liter diesel engine.
7. Kona EV on the horizon
Next year will see the arrival of an all-electric version of the Kona, with the range expected to be in the region of 242 miles.
The cost is expected to be somewhere on the range of $35,000 to $39,000.
- Read our blog post about the Hyundai Kona electric vehicle here…
8. Safety features
Like all Hyundai vehicles, the Kona small SUV will come with a host of safety features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Static Bending Light and Smart High Beam.
8. Kona Ironman special edition model
During the aforementioned press event, Hyundai also showed off the Kona Iron Man Special Edition, a vehicle wrapped in the same armor made famous by the Marvel superhero.
All that extra protection increased the width of the Kona by 40mm.
The special edition model also comes equipped with special LED headlights, 19-inch wheels clad in off-road tires, and a matte grey hood featuring red and gold accents and an Iron Man mask badge.
We don’t yet know the price or release date of this model.
10. Kona AWD available?
Does the Kona come with all-wheel-drive?
Yes, the Kona AWD will be available!
The all-wheel-drive system will be optional!
Hyundai Kona video from Youtube…
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