The nation's largest automaker unveiled the much-touted Kona compact SUV to make a foray into the burgeoning compact SUV market.
Bearing the future design direction of Hyundai, the Kona features a striking exterior that highlight the car's unique silhouette and low - wide stance.
The Kona is based on a new platform, with sister firm Kia expected to use the design for its own subcompact SUV to be called the Stonic. Hyundai will begin selling the model, named after the Big Island region "famous to thrill-seeking travelers", this month in South Korea, followed by North America and Europe. In Europe, it will launch 1.0-liter and 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine units first and add 1.6-liter diesel engine unit next year. It's matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Old Continent and other markets will also get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel option. The turbocharged engine produces about 120PS, with an acceleration time of 0-100km/h in 12 seconds, a top speed of 181km/h and a maximum torque of 172NM (17.5kgf·m) from 1,500 to 4000 rpm. A three-mode drive selector changes power delivery and shift timing through a range of economy, normal, and sport modes. Billed as the company's first global B-segment crossover, the all-new Kona blends stylish aesthetics, a high-tech and spacious interior and class-leading safety systems and powertrain options.
Hyundai and Kia in January said they aimed to increase global sales by 5 per cent this year, but their combined sales fell 7 per cent over January to May, hit by slowing Chinese and US sales. Front-drive models will get a torsion-beam rear axle; all-wheel-drive models have a multilink rear suspension. The space can be extended, though, thanks to split-folding rear seats.
The front suspension features a McPherson strut system, receiving a new sub-frame bush mounting.
Arriving in Australia in September, Hyundai this morning unveiled the Kona in the USA and they tell us their new offering boasts a strong, impactful design and uncompromised individuality.
The Kona will have a full suite of available features, including 5- to 7-inch touchscreens, HD Radio, a rearview camera, 4G LTE, a head-up display, wireless charging, and more.
On the inside, the Kona will come with a list of tech goddies.
That engine will be paired with a 6-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive will be standard.
The Kona's list of standard safety equipment includes six airbags, as well as lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention monitor, while optional kit includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic alert.
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