Hyundai Kona: Launch Date, Specs And Features
Hyundai, the South-Korean carmaker, recently unveiled its new compact SUV, the Hyundai Kona at an event in Italy. It is scheduled to be first launched in the Korean market by the end of 2017, followed by the launch in the European market. The company has not yet confirmed the launch of the new model in India, but it is expected to make an entry at the 2018 Auto Expo and can go on sale in the Indian market by the start of 2019.
Hyundai is concentrating mostly in the compact SUV segment in recent times. As the segment is highly competitive, the company has worked thoroughly on the design and power mechanism of the upcoming model and accordingly some attractive features have been introduced.
The India-spec model is expected to be received well in the country, as the popularity of the small SUVs is increasing here. India has now grown up to be a profitable market for small cars, attracting more and more international companies to enter the market.
The new SUV will get some first-in-class features, modern styling and powerful engine to stand firm against the rivals. If you are looking to buy an affordable subcompact SUV next year, the Hyundai Kona can be one among the best options to check-out. Here we bring you the information of what all it packs.
The 4-metre subcompact SUV borrows its styling from the Hyundai Intrado concept, which was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014. Moreover, the design of the model will be based on the Hyundai’s popular Fluidic philosophy featuring a bold and aggressive look. The front-end of the model will feature Hyundai’s signature cascading radiator grille surrounded with chrome, large projector lamps, unique two-tier headlamp cluster with LED DRLs. The front bumper looks stylish, while the large bonnet is well sculpted. The model looks muscular through the shoulder line and gets a sloping roof to further enhance the appealing look. It will feature a dual-tone exterior shade with a blacked-out roof and C-pillar. The rear-end of the car also looks imposing with two-tier LED tail-lamps, large rear bumper with black plastic cladding and a rear diffuser. The upcoming car will run on 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, while the option of 17-inch and 18-inch wheels are also available.
The interior of the Indian-spec SUV is yet to be revealed. The international model is based on the i30 platform, and the Indian variant is also expected to be built on the same. Hence, we get the same 5-seater layout full of premiumness. It features best-in-class spacious cabin with comfortable seats, wrapped in fine quality leather. It will feature a simple and sleek cabin layout, contrasting to the bold and stylish exterior look. The cabin will be packed with some smart and useful features to enhance the driving experience to a higher level. The dashboard looks fit and fine in black shade and features a 5-inch TFT screen as standard, while the top-end variants are expected to receive an advanced AVN system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, media navigation system and voice controls. The multi-functional steering wheel comes leather-wrapped supporting voice commands over Bluetooth. The safety features include ABS, airbags, hill-start assist control and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
The India-bound SUV is expected to have no change under the hood and is likely to receive the same set of power mechanism, as for the international markets. It will come with the option of two petrol units and one diesel unit. The petrol variant will include a 1.0-litre engine and a 1.6-litre engine. The smaller capacity engine will produce a maximum power of 147 bhp against a peak torque of 179 Nm, while the larger engine will develop a maximum power output of 175 bhp and a peak torque of 265 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel variant is expected to receive a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi engine, which churns out a maximum power output of 118 bhp against a peak torque of 172 Nm. The transmission option includes a 6-speed automatic gearbox for the smaller petrol engine, a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox for the larger petrol engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox for the diesel variant.
The upcoming subcompact SUV is expected to be priced starting from Rs. 12 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base models and will go up to Rs. 16 lakh (ex-showroom) for the higher trims. Once launched it will have to face strong competition from the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki VitaraBrezza.
Hyundai Kona is expected to be launched in the Indian market amidst strong competition, the freshly styled model with advanced technical features will surely find its place in the Indian market.