We could see the first spy photos of the new crossover by Hyundai in mid-2017. Now, in the midst of LA car show, we have an official confirmation of subcompact 2018 Hyundai Kona. What is more important, the SUV is coming to US and Canada soil. The Korean manufacturer decided to give the name Kona, according to the same name of an island in Hawaii.
Hyundai Kona will have the task of helping the company achieve its goal by 2021 to take the leading position among the Asian cars in Europe. As they say in the company, the focus was on improving driving dynamics. With it, Kona will set new standards in the small SUV class.
2018 Hyundai Kona Design
The styling of the 2018 Hyundai Kona is adapted to younger customers. This is the most important target group. It is clear at first glance that the Korean manufacturer has made a stylish break from the current design. The intention is to visually highlight and separate Kona from competing models of other companies. This is particularly noticeable on the front of the car, which has a very aggressive design. By separating daytime lights from the rest of the headlights seems to be a great deal. The cooler mask looks the same as for the new i30 hatchback.
As the priority, Hyundai highlighted the in-car connectivity with smartphones and other devices. The info-entertainment system of 2018 Kona features Android Auto and Apple Car Play options. Most controls are coming from a touch-screen display. Depending on trim, it is 5-, 7- or 8-inch screen. Above the Instrument panel, the Korean carmaker set up a new head-up display to broadcast information such as speed or navigation instructions.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona has a number of active security systems, such as an autonomous braking system in the event of a collision. Also, this feature will maintain the direction in the lane. Another very useful hi-tech gadget is an alert in dead corners, making driving much easier and safer.
2018 Hyundai Kona Drivetrains and Specs for the US, Europe, and Korea
In most markets, including the US, the base version of 2018 Hyundai Kona will be powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-l petrol engine. This unit can deliver 150 hp and 180 Nm (130 lb-ft). The drivetrain comes in pair with a six-speed automatic transmission. Another solution is a 1.6-liter T-GDI. Also with 4 cylinders, turbo engine delivers 180 hp and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque. This powertrain is using a seven-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox as a power router. It is faster and more potent than the base unit.
In Europe, 2018 Kona will offer a 1.0-liter T-GDI turbo petrol engine. With a six-speed manual transmission, it can produce 120 hp. The maximum torque will be 170 Nm (120 lb-ft).
2018 Hyundai Kona Arrival, Price
It is clear that 2018 Hyundai Kona will be released worldwide early in 2018. But, what we don’t know is its price. This is a compact crossover, so it must be cheaper than its bigger brother, Santa Fe and Tucson. One of the major advantage over the competition will be AWD since the offer of this type of drive system in its segment decreases in recent years.