Hyundai Kona Finally Revealed.
Hyundai’s all-new compact SUV – Hyundai Kona has been finally revealed at an event in Milan, Italy. In global markets, the SUV will take on the likes of Nissan Juke and Honda HRV. It will first go on sale in the European, North American and Korean market, followed by Asian countries. It is quite early to comment on its India launch, but media reports suggest that the SUV could make its debut at Auto Expo 2018. Instead of aggressive looks, the Kona gets conventional design with Hyundai’s new design philosophy. Painted in dual-tone shade, the compact SUV sports signature ‘Cascading’ front grille, two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, muscular fenders with thick black plastic cladding, diamond cut five-spoke alloy wheels and wraparound LED tail lamps with segregate unit of lights for reverse, foggy conditions and turn indication.
Featuring fresh design, the SUV also gets a range of new technology such as head-up display and a revised infotainment system. In global markets, the SUV is positioned alongside the Tucson; however, in India, the Kona could be placed between Creta and Tucson. Interior of the new Hyundai SUV will have premium feel and appeal, as most of the features are being shared with the i30. Engine specifications for the car will include a 1.0-litre T-GDI unit, a 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol and a 1.6-litre turbocharged CRDi diesel. For transmitting power to the wheels will be a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The automatic transmission with an optional AWD will be reserved for the top-spec trims.
The new Hyundai SUV will first go on sale in Korean market next month, followed by North America and Europe. As a reminder, Hyundai is working on a sub-compact SUV based on the Carlino concept for the Indian market. On the other hand, the Kona will be positioned above 4m in length and is likely to get different specs, exterior and interior elements if launched in India. With Maruti is considering a seven-seat SUV for the Indian market, Hyundai could also look at a similar option. As of now, it is a bit early to comment on its India entry until Hyundai makes an official announcement.