March 18 2018

Hyundai Kona enters B-segment crossover arena

March 18 2018, 05:22 | Geraldine Moore

Hyundai Kona enters B-segment crossover arena

Hyundai Kona enters B-segment crossover arena

The Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine boasts 177PS, a 0-100km/h time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 210km/h. Up front, the Kona SUV comes with Hyundai's signature cascading grille design with chrome surrounds and a sleek air intake above for increased air inflow.

The Hyundai Kona will be pitched competitively against the Juke and Captur.

Although less angular than the Hyundai Tucson and, the smaller Kona's look is still more SUV than tall hatchback, particularly on the largest 18-inch wheels of this top-spec launch auto - the style could appear rather diluted on the 16 and 17-inch wheels fitted to lesser models in the Kona range. In a press-service of the South Korean company stressed that Kona will become a global model that will be sold in most markets where it officially presented the brand Hyundai.

Hyundai is showing its dedication to the crossover segment with a new entry into the growing subcompact crossover segment.

The company will offer 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine model and 1.6-liter diesel engine in Korea.

As with the front LED lights, the rear light configuration also creates a truly unique signature appearance.

The vehicle will first go on sale in Korea later this month before hitting the market in North America and Europe.

Powered by 2.0 litre MPI Atkinson engine producing 149PS, the SUV can accelerate from 0-100km/h speed within 10 seconds, while having a top speed of 194km/h. 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. The rear seats can be folded flat while the rear compartment has a two-level loading floor which can easily accommodate a bicycle or a set of golf clubs. Hyundai has also loaded the Kona with a substantial number of active safety features, which are quickly becoming must-haves in the segment. That's followed by a 1.6-litre "GDI" turbo four-cylinder with 130kW and 265Nm, shared with the Tucson, powering a standard all-wheel-drive system through Hyundai's own seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, for mid- and high-spec Kona variants.

The other engine is a direct-injection 1.6L turbopetrol offering 137kW, and 265Nm from 1500-4500rpm.

"The rear layout of the platform is also optimised to save space, with suspension, fuel and exhaust components carefully packaged to maximise rear occupant room", Hyundai said. All-wheel drive is available with both engines and all trim levels, and adds a dual-arm multi-link rear suspension in place of the rear torsion beam of front-drive models.

Hyundai will pack the Kona with blind spot warning, traffic collision warning (which detects when another auto comes in Kona's reversing path), driver attention warning, high beam assist, lane keep assist, and more.

Additionally, a 1.6-litre diesel engine will also be on offer for select markets, including Europe.

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