This is not the first time the all-new subcompact crossover has been caught without any camouflage on – as the Kona is almost ready to fill the gap in Hyundai’s crossover family.
The South Korean brand is well behind competition in the very successful European subcompact segment, as some of the competing entries are getting ready for all-new second generations, but at least the Hyundai entry is not going to be lacking in the personality department – as these shots clearly show. The model has again caught uncamouflaged roaming the streets of Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, and fully depict the new design employed for the Kona – something we have never before seen on any Hyundai model. The twin headlight arrangement is of course the personality star here, and the company is trying to make it look as stylish as possible with contrasting gloss black A-pillars and roof.
On the sides there’s plastic body protection cladding to make sure everyone knows this is a crossover, while the rear design is arguably the sole classic element of the assembly. While the exterior delivers quite the view, the model carrying the name of a Hawaiian district is expected to be less impressive on the inside or in the powertrain department – the 1.0 T-GDI three-cylinder and 1.4 T-GDI gasoline are certain elements for the European market, as is the well-known 1.6 CRDi turbo diesel.