All-new Hyundai Kona compact SUV combines aggressive styling, new technology, competitive engine choices all built upon a new platform
Hyundai may be late to the booming mini-SUV party, but their contribution, the Hyundai Kona has been designed to do battle with the impressive Toyota C-HR, the Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi ASX with aggressive and distinctive styling, new technology, a variety of engines and supposedly impressive driving dynamics.
Due to arrive in Australia in either late September or early October, the Hyundai Kona boasts class leading interior space, a cabin that gives a commanding view of the road and Hyundai’s most advanced infotainment technology ever – expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to be fitted to most if not all models, along with satellite navigation and potentially digital radio.
The infotainment system information will be displayed on either a five, seven or eight-inch screen, depending on the model, there’ll be wireless charging and higher-spec models will also get a heads up display.
Safety technology apart from the obligatory airbags includes autonomous braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. There’s also driver drowsiness detection and automatic high beam assist.
Under the bonnet, Hyundai is offering customers a choice of engines. Engine choices will include a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine which develops 110kW and 179 Nm at 4500rpm. This powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic which drives the front wheels.
Drivers who want more power could opt for the 1.6 litre turbo petrol, which is found in a number of other Hyundai models and in the Kona produces 130kW and 265Nm from 1,500 to 4,500rpm. The turbo petrol is mated to Hyundai’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
A 1.6 litre turbo diesel will be available in selected markets, it has not been confirmed whether Australia is on Hyundai’s diesel list.
Limited information is available on Australian bound Hyundai Kona models, but three trim levels will be available, the entry-level model will be powered by the 2.0 litre atmo four, mid and high spec models will be powered by the 1.6 litre turbo will all-wheel drive, that clever safety tech will be available across the range and the flagship version will have the heads up display.
Pricing will be inline or better than its rivals.
Further information will be provided as it comes to hand.