Hyundai Motor Company has finally unveiled the long-awaited Kona subcompact SUV ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new subcompact SUV from the South Korean carmaker is based on an all-new B platform and comes with a very quirky design compared to the signature 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 the carmaker should think about bringing the car to India, given the incentives for small cars under 4 meters in length might no longer be relevant under the new tax rate.
Globally, the Hyundai Kona will rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, Jeep Cherokee and even the upcoming Toyota C-HR. Furthermore, to warrant this comparison, the new Hyundai Kona comes with a very bold appearance. In advance, the Kona SUV comes with Hyundai’s signature cascading grille design with chrome encompasses and a sleek air intake above for increased air inflow. The auto likewise includes a unique two-tier headlamp cluster with sharp dagger shaped LED DRLs above and larger primary projector lamps placed below in large plastic cladding that merge into the wheel curves on either side. The front bumper is additionally quite stylishly designed with underbody plastic cladding, a silver bumper lip and a central airdam flanked by fog lamps on both sides. Even the bonnet comes with a set of sharp character lines that add a bit of muscle to the auto.
From the sides, the Hyundai Kona has the muscular crossover/SUV look thanks to the flared wheel arches, underbody plastic cladding, and the muscular shoulder line. The Kona comes in a double tone colour format with a floating roof design coloured in black along with different features like smooth outside back view mirror, sporty two-tone chrome and black alloy wheels and roof rails. Even from the back the car looks similarly imposing thanks to the similar two-tier taillamp setup, beefy back bumper and back diffuser.
While the organization still hasn’t uncovered the interior of the Hyundai Kona but, the carmaker is said to claim that the subcompact SUV will offer best-in-class interior space. The Kona will come with a smooth and simple cabin layout, a contrast to its bold and stylish exterior, loaded with smart and comfortable features. An advance AVN system with brilliant infotainment features will be a part of the package, equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto obviously. Automatic climate control, keyless entry in addition to seats are some different attributes of the cabin we hope to see.
The new Hyundai Kona will be offered in a few combinations of petrol and diesel motors along with both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and back wheel-drive (RDW). Primarily the auto will come with a 2-liter MPI petrol engine that makes 147 bhp and develops 179 Nm of peak torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. There is additionally a more powerfula more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel motor that makes 175 bhp and 265 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a seven-speed double clutch transmission. Hyundai will likewise offer a 1-liter turbo diesel motor mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that makes 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. There will likewise be a 1.6-liter diesel motor for select markets, including Europe.
Presently, it is said that the Hyundai’s sub-4 meter SUV for the Indian market, which will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, will be a different model, possibly based Carlino idea displayed at the 2016 Auto Expo. Having said that, we think Hyundai should bring the Kona to India instead considering the growing trend for premium compact cars in India.