Hyundai unveils new compact SUV Kona

Hyundai Motor Company has finally unveiled the long-awaited Kona subcompact SUV ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new subcompact SUV from the South Korean carmaker is built on an all-new B platform and comes with a very quirky design compared to the signature design language of Hyundai cars.

While the Hyundai Kona SUV has been specifically designed for the U.S and the European markets, there is a chance that the carmaker might consider bringing the car to India, given the incentives for small cars less than 4 metres in length might no longer be relevant under the new tax rate.

Globally, the Hyundai Kona will rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, Jeep Cherokee and even the upcoming Toyota C-HR. And to warrant this comparison, the new Hyundai Kona comes with a very bold appearance.

Up front, the Kona SUV comes with Hyundai’s signature cascading grille design with chrome surrounds and a sleek air intake above for increased air inflow.

The car also features a unique two-tier headlamp cluster with sharp dagger shaped LED DRLs above and larger primary projector lamps placed below in large plastic cladding that merge into the wheel arches on either side.

The front bumper is also quite stylishly designed with underbody plastic cladding, a silver bumper lip and a central airdam flanked by fog lamps on both sides. Even the bonnet comes with a set of sharp character lines that add a bit of muscle to the car.

From the sides, the Hyundai Kona has the muscular crossover/SUV look thanks to the flared wheel arches, underbody plastic cladding, and the muscular shoulder line.

The Kona comes in a dual tone colour format with a floating roof design coloured in black along with other features like sleek outside rear-view mirror, sporty two-tone chrome and black alloy wheels and roof rails.

Even from the rear, the car looks equally imposing thanks to the similar two-tier taillamp setup, beefy rear bumper and rear diffuser.

The new Hyundai Kona will be offered in several combinations of petrol and diesel engines along with both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RDW).

Primarily, the car will come with a 2-litre MPI petrol engine that makes 147 bhp and develops 179 Nm of peak torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that makes 175 bhp and 265 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Hyundai will also offer a 1-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that makes 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. There will also be a 1.6-litre diesel engine for select markets, including Europe.

(Agencies)

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