The South-Korean automaker is spicing up things in its lineup – the new Kona B Segment crossover is coming with a new architecture (shared with the Kia Stonic) as well as completely distinct exterior styling.
Hyundai’s new Kona crossover is decidedly showcasing the latest trend in the subcompact crossover segment – while the Nissan Juke was a singular funky design when it appeared (all rivals were more or less completely traditional) it seems the world can’t get enough of quirky introductions now. The tip of the wave was the Toyota C-HR and now there are two other entries in the polarizing design niche – the Citroen C3 Aircross and the Hyundai Kona. Complete with a completely new B segment platform, the Kona is also allegedly representing the first preview for the new design orientation of the automaker’s SUV lineup in the near future.
Kona and the C3 Aircross seem to signal the split-light design premiered by the Jeep Cherokee or the Juke (actually the Fiat Multipla used it as well, but we’re choosing to erase the mental image) is here to stay. The Hyundai crossover has a top row of LED running lights and incorporated turn signals, while the bigger elements below have the LED headlights. Black plastic crossover cladding – called “armor” by Hyundai – is present front, side and rear. The US powertrain choices include two four-cylinder gas engines, and there’s also two and all-wheel drive, complete with dual-clutch or automatic transmissions. Base US Konas will have a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter packing 147 horsepower and 132 pound feet of torque, and there’s also a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four delivering 175 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque, and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In Europe there’s also the choice of a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-three with six speed manual, producing 118 hp. The Old Continent and other markets will also get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel option.
Depending on the choice of powertrain, the Kona comes with two different rear suspension setups – 2WD will net you a torsion beam setup, and the all-wheel drive comes with a multi-link arrangement. Customization options include a two-level cargo floor, and technology includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a choice of five-, seven-, or eight-inch infotainment displays. There’s even a new head-up display, as well as safety amenities – blind spot warning, traffic collision warning, driver attention warning, high beam assist, lane keep assist, and others.