2018 Hyundai Kona Spy Shots, Release Date, AWD Rumors
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The latest piece of news is one that we are incredibly excited to share, which is some spy shots of the upcoming Kona SUV as it underwent testing in Germany.
Hyundai gave us all a little look at the new model earlier in the week when they released a teaser image of the Kona.
There is a lot more to see in these new spy shots which show the new model undergoing testing at the famed Nurburgring test track.
While the Kona is still heavily camouflaged in the shots, some of the cover has been removed, which means we can see some of the plastic cladding over the front tires.
There is little else to see in terms of styling, though, so we are just going to need to be a little more patient.
There are some style points that we do know, including a split headlight design and a wider version of the cascading grille that Hyundai now frequently uses.
These are somewhat visible in the teaser image that we mentioned at the start of this piece.
This is all stuff that you probably already know, so let’s get to the exclusive portion of the article.
Hyundai Kona release date
Previous reports stated that the Kona would get its Korean release sometime in the summer, but we can now conform that it will be in June. Sales of the new SUV would then start in Korea sometime in October of this year.
As far as the European unveiling of the new model, the most likely spot would be at the Frankfurt Auto Show in November, while the US unveiling should also be in November at the LA show.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona has been developed under the OS codename.
Hyundai is of the belief that the Kona will be the best in segment in terms of safety and driving performance.
Let’s not forget that Albert Biermann, formerly of the BMW M sports car department, was the man responsible for the new suspension tuning.
The Hyundai Kona engine options will be varied, meaning there will be something for consumers in different parts of the world.
There will be a pair of 1.6-liter diesel engines that will only be available in Europe, while North American models will come with 1.6-liter turbo engine, and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.
Hyundai Kona AWD
The AWD option is something that is yet to be confirmed by Hyundai, but by adding it as an option, they could give the Kona a big leg up on the competition.
Hyundai have been using the phrase “true SUV genes” when talking about the Kona, which is why we believe that the AWD option may very well be a possibility.
We will let you know as soon as we hear any more details on the potential addition of an AWD set-up.
All electric Kona EV still to come?
Another little nugget that has yet to be confirmed, but which is a definite possibility, is the arrival of an all-electric Kona EV.
There has been a bit of buzz about Hyundai working on a small SUV EV, and as they are not going to come out with a new model, it stands to reason that it is the Kona EV hat they have been putting together.
It would probably come with a 40+ kWh battery, allowing it to get a range of around 150-200 miles on a full charge.
We will deliver more news about the Hyundai Kona as we get it.