Hyundai premieres all-new Kona

Official images of the Hyundai Kona have emerged in low quality ahead of its official debut

This will endow the Kona with 0-100km/h times of 10.0 seconds or 7.7 seconds respectively, with top speed at 194km/h for the 2.0 and 210km/h for the 1.6 turbo. 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. American-spec Konas will likely adopt a base 2.0-liter inline-4 with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.

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

In 2015 the Hyundai known as the ix35 was small enough to compete in the compact SUV segment of the Kiwi new vehicle market.

Hyundai has finally taken the wraps off the Kona, its new subcompact SUV in Korea.

Complete with a completely new B segment platform, the Kona is also allegedly representing the first preview for the new design orientation of the automaker's SUV lineup in the near future.

Depending on the market in question, buyers will have a wide choice of engines, including the 88kW/172Nm 1-litre and 130kW 1.6-litre T-GDI turbopetrol engines, a 110kW/179Nm normally aspirated Atkinson cycle petrol variant and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel.

The company promises it will be a spacious auto, with modern infotainment, and stand-out style. It is very average and will be very slow, available to serve all of your vanilla-crossover-oh, sorry, "compact SUV"-purchase needs in Korea, North America and Europe". In the Kona, Hyundai predicts 0-60 miles per hour times of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 131 miles per hour. Hyundai recently launched the Ioniq hatchback, which is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or full electric model - the first vehicle from any manufacturer to be offered with three different electric drive options. The split-folding rear seats will fold flat, with a two-level loading floor option. In the US, the 1.6 gasoline turbo GDi engine and a 2.0 gasoline MPi engine Konas will be sold, Hyundai said.

The special edition will go on display at Hyundai Motor's Motorstudio in Seoul, Korea for a month following its global reveal. The engine delivers maximum torque of 265NM from 1,500 to 4,500rpm and is mated to Hyundai's efficient and responsive seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT). The range of systems will include 5-, 7-, and 8-inch touchscreen displays. All-wheel drive is of course offered with the Kona, and it brings with it a more sophisticated rear suspension setup to smooth out the on-road experience.

While driver attention assist and lane-keeping assistance are both standard, it's a surprising omission that other sophisticated safety tech - such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring - will only appear on the options list.

The 4wd models adopt multilink rear suspension for driving refinement on a variety of surfaces, whereas the front driver uses a torsion beam rear axle. Moving up to the SEL trim, expected to be the volume model, adds blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic warning, push-button start, rear underfloor storage, and available satellite radio.

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