2018 will bring several new subcompact crossover models to choose from. Later in the model year will see the arrival of the all-new Hyundai Kona. Positioned to take on models like the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Juke, the Kona looks to make a statement as a latecomer. It joins other newcomers like the Ford Ecosport and Kia Stonic in the increasingly cramped subcompact crossover class.
What’s different about the Kona? Read on to find out what this new model has in store and when it will arrive stateside.
Unlike many subcompact crossover models that have efficiency in mind, the Kona will offer two engine choice. The base engine is a 2.0-liter, 147 horsepower four-cylinder engine, which puts it right in the thick of its class.
However, the Kona will also offer an upmarket turbocharged 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Kona is offered in four trim lines. What’s a base Kona SE get you? It features 16-inch wheels, Bluetooth, and a 7.0-inch floating console screen. The SEL trim offers 17-inch wheels, push-button start, roof rails, and safety systems such as rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot warning.
The other two trims are the Limited and Ultimate, which both have the turbo engine, 18-inch wheels, leather seats, and a power sunroof. The Ultimate trim also delivers an 8.0-inch navigation screens, a wireless charging pad, and more advanced features such as lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Kona has two driving modes in the U.S.: Normal and Sport. All-wheel drive is optional on all trims. The Kona’s fender flares have body armor cladding, giving it a bolder look for a small SUV.
The Kona looks to be a sporty, aerodynamic yet practical choice in the category. It offers audacious paint color choices such as orange and lime green with accompanying interior color accents.
The release Kona release date for the U.S. is slated for March 2018 with an anticipated starting price of about $20,000. Fuel economy figures have not yet been released so stay tuned.
Hyundai’s naming conventions seems to have detoured from the Southwest (Santa Fe, Tucson, Sedona) into the Pacific islands with the Kona or perhaps more akin with the vibe of Soul. Kona is associated with beautiful scenery, escapism, and flavorful expensive coffee. Let’s hope the Kona measures up.
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