After a few teaser images and test drives, we have finally gotten sight of the 2018 Hyundai Kona destined for the showrooms next spring. We can proudly report that the little Kona is not merely stylish but well-appointed. Heretofore, Hyundai has been missing in action in the burgeoning mini-Ute division. So, the all-new Kona is a welcomed addition to the Hyundai lineup.
Apparently, the brand is planning to revamp and upgrade its utility vehicles lineup by 2020. This move is likely to see the B-segment Kona rival the likes of Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Kia Soul, among others.
Visually, the next-gen Hyundai Kona looks indistinguishable from its immediate precursor. While its design is distinctly Hyundai, it isn’t homogenous enough to mirror what we see on the scaled-down Tucson. This Kona is a lot more aggressive than other vehicles from the same manufacturer, such as Santa Fe and Veloster.
2018 Hyundai Kona – Good Looking Crossover
The 2018 Hyundai Kona is a funky-looking crossover that suits buyers with active urban lifestyles. It leverages a new platform that underpins many future models, including the inbound Kia Sonic crossover. It has an expressive design with chunky body cladding in the wheel well region.
Its body casing flows into the rear and front bumpers and splits the lighting components into separate modules. When it comes to dimensions, the new model stretches up to 164.4 inches in length. It is about 11 inches shorter than the Tucson and is also smaller in size than the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V. Despite its small size, it still avails up to 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
Inside, we noticed that the Kona cockpit is stylish and well-designed. The cabin highlights contoured trim pieces and curved surfaces, which create a sporty environment that complements the exterior. Each 2018 Hyundai Kona arrives with various technological elements.
Hyundai has packed this model with a standard seven-inch touchscreen display.
Also available is an eight-inch navigation touchscreen coupled with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, satellite radio and Hyundai Blue Link LTE connectivity technology. The company avails an head-up display that helps in keeping eyes on the road.
For Hyundai, safety and security always come first before any other thing. The 2018 Hyundai Kona brings forth a host of safety features that guarantee the absolute security while on the road. Among the available safety features are the blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, high beam assist, forward collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert among others.
2018 Hyundai Kona – Engine and Gearbox
Americans will have two gasoline engine alternatives for the 2018 Hyundai Kona. The first powertrain is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated that runs on the Atkinson cycle. This engine yields an output of 147-hp @ 6,200 rpm and 132-lb.ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm. Also, it gets hooked to a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
The second choice is a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that mates a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This powertrain configuration is good for 175-hp @ 5,500 rpm and 196-lb.ft of torque @ between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. The engine utilizes electronic waste-gate control to cool the pistons, and is only reserved for the Limited and Ultimate trims.
2018 Hyundai Kona – Arrival and Cost
A reliable source hinted that the 2018 Hyundai Kona arrives in the United States in the spring of 2018. We expect its price tag to be in the region of $20,000. Hyundai has promised to expose the fuel economy figures in the first quarter of next year. So, we will have to wait until then to find those crucial figures.