Friday, 18 August, 2017

Hyundai premieres all-new Kona

Aloha Kona - Hyundai debuts new small SUV Hyundai Kona 2017 compact SUV revealed
Heather Davidson | 14 June, 2017, 06:56

New spearhead Hyundai in the buoyant market but highly competitive urban SUV, this model must in particular enable the firm to become the first Asian manufacturer on the Old Continent by 2021.

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. The model range of the brand of the vehicle will take place on the step below Tucson. Last year there were 13,512 compact SUVs sold for a 9 per cent share of the total market, but this year this share has jumped to 11 per cent via 6866 sales to the end of May. Named after a district on the Big Island Hawaii famous for coffee, Kona is created to stand apart from the automaker's larger SUV models Tucson and Santa Fe. That cladding, for example - the Kona's "armour", as Donckerwolke calls it - will be specific to that model, and won't be found elsewhere.

Hyundai's pitching the Kona in the buzzy, youthfully styled niche that already counts the Toyota C-HR and the Nissan Juke.

That's a big name from a big island.

It looks like Hyundai are on a full-scale SUV offensive.

It's likely that two engines will be available for Kona when it arrives in New Zealand, probably in Q4 of this year. The grille reflects Hyundai's new visual signature, but the super-thin LED daytime running lights evoke those of the Jeep Cherokee.

Composite lamps - separate from the main head and tail-lights - are a key styling feature of Kona. Rear suspension has also been arranged so rear seating can be lower, resulting in easier access and more headroom for passengers.

Hyundai have finally revealed their latest subcompact SUV, the Kona, which goes on sale in its home country and will eventually to introduced to markets in North America and Europe.

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"The global SUV market is an important market that has shown seven consecutive years of growth", Chung said in the release.

Offered with a choice of two turbocharged, small-capacity petrol engines, the Kona should be economical as well as fun to drive.

Hyundai has also chose to fit the Kona with a multi-link rear axle with the intention of improving ride and handling, alongside a sophisticated traction control system called Advanced Traction Cornering Control.

In addition to the 1.6 turbo, Europeans can also opt for the downsized 1.0 litre T-GDI three-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual.

Look at it again, what superhero does the armoured Hyundai Kona most resemble?

In terms of safety, the new Kona features Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car's front-facing camera and radar to detect imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. 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.

A new combiner Head-Up Display (HUD) is fitted to the Kona, projecting a virtual image onto the clear glass panel mounted behind the instrument panel to enable the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. Hyundai recently launched the Ioniq hatchback, which is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or full electric model - the first auto from any manufacturer to be offered with three different electric drive options. We'll also be visiting where the vehicle is built.

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