2018 Hyundai Kona is calling for a Hawaiian holiday image

The South Korean automaker has decided to officially name its new B-segment crossover as the Kona – getting the funky name from a region of the Hawaiian Islands.

The model is eagerly expecting as it will surely bring lots of new sales when it enters the lineup below the Tucson later this year. For now we’re getting its first teaser, which brings the Hawaii-inspired name and also a peek at the very slim headlight cluster – we’re hoping there’s no Citroën C4 Picasso or Jeep Cherokee treatment, though. The model has been previewed by the 2014 Intrado concept and we’re pretty sure it will carry a rather different design compared to Hyundai’s current SUV model range.

Technical details are not out either, though reports have been talking about a reworked architecture coming from the i20 supermini while the engines will come from the bigger and newer i30 compact. Nothing perspired about the availability of an AWD system, though there would be no surprise if the company only offered it with FWD as numerous other subcompact crossovers. We’re also not exactly sure the model will actually premiere at the New York Auto Show later this month – but we do know that Kia will afterwards reveal its own version of the new subcompact entry.