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A few years ago, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski suggested interest in taking on the Nissan Juke with a subcompact crossover. It looks like that project is coming together, as we caught Hyundai testing a small, curiously-styled SUV in Germany recently.

The SUV is expected to share a lot of the same chassis components as the i20, a hatchback that's sold in other parts of the world, with the same engine lineup as the new i30, another hatchback that Hyundai doesn't sell in the America. In the United Kingdom, the i30 is available with engines including a 1.4-liter gasoline and a 1.6-liter diesel unit. Front-wheel drive would be standard with all-wheel drive an option.

The heavily-camouflaged prototype doesn't give away a lot of the SUV's design. The front of the vehicle is hidden away, but what we can see the grille features hexagonal shapes instead of the horizontal bars that we've become accustomed to seeing in Hyundais. The headlights mimic the Jeep Cherokee's design with thin slits on top and larger, round units toward the bottom.

At the back, camouflage hides the majority of the prototype, but the taillights appear to be different than the rest of Hyundai's offerings. The outline of the taillights resembles the same units found on the Intrado Concept, indicating the vehicle will get some design cues from the hydrogen-powered prototype. A single exhaust outlet protrudes underneath the rear end. The overall profile of the SUV appears to be smaller than the Tucson, which is currently Hyundai's smallest crossover in the US.
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Hyundai's New Funky Sub-Compact SUV Spied Inside & Out




Hyundai's Juke-rivaling baby SUV has been spotted once again while fully camouflaged, except that this time, we managed to have a little peek inside.

Even though the dashboard is partially covered by some type of mesh, we can still see right through it to catch a glimpse of the car's touchscreen display, the center-mounted air vents as well the climate control dials.

Other than that, the instrument dials feature an analog design, with what looks like a portrait-style rectangular display in the middle for the trip computer info.

On the outside, it's rumored that this model was inspired by the Intrado Concept that Hyundai showcased back in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show - a concept that was meant to further evolve Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy. Still, it's also likely that this car will share similar design traits with the current i30 and Tucson models, despite the possible Jeep Cherokee and Citroen C4 Picasso-like headlights.

This B-segment SUV will most likely be based on the i20 platform, using a mix of i20 and i30 parts. Some rumors suggest that it will share a few power units with the new i30 compact, with both FWD and AWD versions available.

While still unnamed, Hyundai's baby-SUV will take on the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Opel Mocca X once it arrives sometime this year.

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Hyundai Kona crossover to debut in New York




The Kona is aimed at the Toyota C-HR and the Honda HR-V.
Hyundai's upcoming entry-level crossover has a name: Kona. Named after a district on Hawaii's Big Island, the soft-roader is scheduled to make its public debut next month during the New York Auto Show.
The South Korean automaker promises the Kona features "true SUV genes, progressive design, and premium features." That's not a lot to go on, but the teaser image suggests the Kona will receive a bolder style than recent additions to the Hyundai lineup. The LED daytime running lights (pictured) will be positioned a little bit higher than the grille, while the headlights will be much lower, a look reminiscent of Nissan's Juke and Jeep's Cherokee.
Technical specifications remain unconfirmed. Similarly, it's too early to tell whether the Kona will be available with four-wheel drive.
The United States will be one of the Kona's biggest markets, but it was developed as a global model. Notably, Hyundai hopes adding a smaller, more city-friendly crossover to its lineup will help it reach its goal of becoming the number one Asian brand in Europe by 2021.



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Hyundai Kona spotted Nurburgring testing for the first time


Fourth SUV in the brand's line-up is charged with making Hyundai Europe’s leading automotive brand; it'll cost about £15k




  • The Hyundai Kona will rival the Nissan Juke when it launches in October priced from about £15,000, and has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring.
  • The fourth SUV in the brand's line-up is charged with taking Europe by storm...
  • ...to make Hyundai the biggest Asian car maker in the market by 2021.
  • A preview image of the car was previously released, suggesting it’ll have a new, more aggressive-looking design than Hyundai's current models.
  • It'll be built upon a structure shared with parent company Kia's Stonic, which is also due at the Frankfurt motor show.
  • These new shots show the split front lights of the new model; a growing trend already seen on multiple Citroën cars, and a rear end not dissimilar to that of the Tucson.
  • The Kona is described by Hyundai as a 'true SUV', suggesting it’ll have four-wheel drive and could share technology with the larger Hyundai Santa Fe.
  • It'll be a global product, unlike the i30, and enters one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the industry.
  • Its true SUV ethos would contrast rivals such as the Juke and Kia Soul, which are marketed with a more urban focus.
  • As part of Hyundai's European push, the Kona, which gets its name from a district in Hawaii, will be followed by 29 more new model variants.









The Hyundai Kona will rival the Nissan Juke when it launches in October priced from about £15,000, and has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring.
The fourth SUV in the brand's line-up is charged with taking Europe by storm to make Hyundai the biggest Asian car maker in the market by 2021.
A preview image of the car was previously released, suggesting it’ll have a new, more aggressive-looking design than Hyundai's current models. It'll be built upon a structure shared with parent company Kia's Stonic, which is also due at the Frankfurt motor show.
These new shots show the split front lights of the new model; a growing trend already seen on multiple Citroën cars, and a rear end not dissimilar to that of the Tucson.
The Kona is described by Hyundai as a 'true SUV', suggesting it’ll have four-wheel drive and could share technology with the larger Hyundai Santa Fe. It'll be a global product, unlike the i30, and enters one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the industry.
Its true SUV ethos would contrast rivals such as the Juke and Kia Soul, which are marketed with a more urban focus.
As part of Hyundai's European push, the Kona, which gets its name from a district in Hawaii, will be followed by 29 more new model variants.
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Hyundai Kona crossover teased again




The Kona is aimed at the Toyota C-HR and the Honda HR-V.
Hyundai's upcoming entry-level crossover has a name: Kona. Named after a district on Hawaii's Big Island, the soft-roader is scheduled to make its public debut in the coming months.
The South Korean automaker promises the Kona features "true SUV genes, progressive design, and premium features." That's not a lot to go on, but the teaser image suggests the Kona receives a bolder style than many of its stablemates.
The LED daytime running lights are positioned a little bit higher than the grille, while the headlights are much lower, creating a look reminiscent of Nissan's Juke, Jeep's Cherokee, and a handful of recent additions to the Citroen lineup.
Technical specifications remain unconfirmed. All we know at this point is that front-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.
The Kona was developed largely for the European market. Hyundai hopes adding a smaller, more city-friendly crossover to its lineup across the pond will help it reach its goal of becoming the number one Asian brand in Europe by 2021.
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Whether it will be sold in the United States is up in the air at this point; the company's promotional material places an unusually strong emphasis on the European market.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona will debut this summer, and it will arrive in showrooms before the end of the year. When it lands, it will compete in the same segment as the Toyota C-HR, the Honda HR-V, and the Mazda CX-3.


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New Hyundai Kona Small Crossover, This Is It!




The 2018 Hyundai Kona was spotted in Lisbon, Portugal, wearing its birthday suit. The Korean automaker prepares to aim its new sub-compact crossover at the likes of Renault's Captur and Nissan's Juke.

The images come courtesy of Autoweek reader Patrick Kramer who was on location where Hyundai was shooting a commercial for the Kona, which is actually named after a Hawaiian district.

Until recently, we only had a general idea about its overall styling, which is now proven to feature a set of headlights underneath the slim LED's found on each corner of the bonnet.

The rest of the car comes with a dual-tone paint job, a flared wheel arch design both front and back, and a pair of slim taillights at the rear. We previously caught a glimpse of its interior as well, and we can tell you that its instrument dials have a classic, analogue design, and that its infotainment display has a clunky and rectangular appearance, sitting on top a pair of center-mounted air vents and climate control dials.

Based on the i20 platform, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is said to use parts from both the i20 as well as the i30 compact, where it could also utilize some of the latter's power units. As for a Kia sibling of the sub-compact variety, it is to be expected, yes.

Also, based on previous spy shots, it appears the Kona's front fascia design language might also apply to the Korean automaker's all-new Santa Fe SUV, which is scheduled to hit showrooms in late 2018.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona will reveal itself to the world either this summer or at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, a little over 4 months from now.

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Spied: Hyundai Kona crossover




The Kona is aimed at the Toyota C-HR and the Honda HR-V.
Hyundai's upcoming entry-level crossover has a name: Kona. Amateur spy shots taken in Portugal have revealed the soft-roader before its official debut.
The South Korean automaker promises the Kona -- which is named after a district on Hawaii's Big Island -- features "true SUV genes, progressive design, and premium features." That's not a lot to go on, but the spy shots (which were published on a Facebook page named Ferd) shed more insight.
The Kona receives a bolder style than many of its stablemates. The LED daytime running lights are positioned a little bit higher than the grille, while the headlights are much lower. These styling cues create a look reminiscent of Nissan's Juke, Jeep's Cherokee, and a handful of recent additions to the Citroen lineup.
Technical specifications remain unconfirmed. All we know at this point is that front-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost. The Kona was developed largely for the European market, so both gasoline- and diesel-powered engines will be on the menu.





Hyundai hopes adding a smaller, more city-friendly crossover to its lineup across the pond will help it reach its goal of becoming the number one Asian brand in Europe by 2021. Whether it will be sold in the United States is up in the air at this point; the company's promotional material places an unusually strong emphasis on the European market.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona will debut this summer, and it will arrive in showrooms before the end of the year. When it lands, it will compete in the same segment as the Toyota C-HR, the Honda HR-V, and the Mazda CX-3, among other cute 'utes.

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Exclusive: New 2018 Hyundai Kona Captured Completely Undisguised





While Hyundai keeps teasing the official reveal of the upcoming Kona, the world has already caught a glimpse in early May, and this exclusive scoop gives our best look yet at the upcoming Korean sub-compact SUV.

The new Hyundai Kona was caught in Madrid’s city center in an early Sunday morning, during what looks like filming a press kit video or TV spot.

The shooting involved a group of Mercedes V-Class models being behind and blocking the traffic in order to let this light blue example and the camera car some clean space.

Hyundai wanted something special from the design of the new Kona and that shows from the very first moment you lay your eyes on it.

The bold front end is dominated by the twin-headlamp setup -with separate DRLs mounted over the LED headlights- the new ‘Cascading Grille’ and lots of plastic cladding. The rear end mixes design cues from the bigger Tucson with the same bold style, including a second set of lighting units that house the turning and fog lights as well as the reverse light.

Overall it looks different and fresh, but whether the audience will respond to Hyundai’s new image remains to be seen.

Underneath its funky bodywork, the new Hyundai Kona is reportedly using a mix of i20 and i30 parts, with the company revealing that they will offer an all-wheel drive version as an option. Engine options will most certainly include the turbocharged 1.0 and 1.4-litre units that are already on offer in the i20 and i30 models, along with a selection of diesel units.

On a previous scoop, we had to chance to also take a look inside the upcoming Kona, revealing that the dashboard will follow the design and ergonomics of the company’s latest models, with a touchscreen display mounted over the air vents.

Hyundai is planning to reveal the new Kona in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more on the new rival of the Renault Captur, the Nissan Juke and the also upcoming VW T-Roc.
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A twin headlamp configuration and cascading grille anchor a fresh design language for the brand.


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Hyundai has all but revealed its forthcoming Kona crossover in a few detailed teaser images and video.
The latest photos shed more light on Hyundai's evolving design language, with a more aggressive body styling and a twin headlamp configuration. The front end features a cascading grille, anchoring the brand's "new family identity."
The crossover represents Hyundai's first head-up display to project driving information onto an eight-inch patch on the windshield. The company says the system has a class-leading luminance of 10,000 candela per square meter, ensuring visibility in sunlit conditions.











The Kona will arrive amid growing competition in the compact crossover segment. It will be up against the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke and upcoming Toyota C-HR, among others.




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Funky-looking Kona crossover fills gap in Hyundai lineup










Developed largely for Europe, the Kona is Hyundai's smallest crossover.








Following a lengthy teaser campaign dotted with leaks, Hyundai has introduced the brand-new Kona crossover at its headquarters in South Korea.
The South Korean automaker promises the Kona -- which is named after a district on Hawaii's Big Island -- features "true SUV genes, progressive design, and premium features." We can't comment on the genes or the features, but it certainly looks a lot bolder than many of its stablemates.
The LED daytime running lights are positioned a little bit higher than the grille, while the headlights are much lower. These styling cues create a look reminiscent of Nissan's Juke, Jeep's Cherokee, and a handful of recent additions to the Citroen lineup. The front end also receives a wide rendition of Hyundai's trademarked grille, and a fake air vent right below the hood.
The back end is just as bold, with plastic wheel arch trim that stretches into the bumper and encompasses the reverse lights. The thin tail lights are inspired by the LEDs up front. Photos of the interior haven't been released yet.
The Kona rides on a brand-new platform. In Europe, buyers will be asked to choose between a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 150 horsepower, a 177-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo four, and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder that churns out 120 horsepower. A 1.6-liter diesel will also be available.
Front-wheel drive will come standard, and four-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, and a seven-speed dual-clutch.



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Details about the U.S.-spec model haven't been released yet. However, don't expect the triple, the oil-burner, or the manual transmission to make the trip over here.
Hyundai hopes adding a smaller, more city-friendly crossover to its lineup across the pond will help it reach its goal of becoming the number one Asian brand in Europe by 2021. The company's promotional material places an unusually strong emphasis on the European market, but the Kona will also be sold in North America.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona will go on sale before the end of the year. When it lands, it will compete in the same segment as the Toyota C-HR, the Honda HR-V, and the Mazda CX-3, among other cute 'utes.

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2018 Hyundai Kona Subcompact Crossover



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This is the brand’s first global B-segment SUV. With an overall length of about 164 inches and a wheelbase spanning roughly 103, it’s perfectly sized to compete with rivals like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.
Kona will round out Hyundai’s lineup of crossover vehicles, joining the Tucson, Santa Fe Sport, and Santa Fe models. Like its larger siblings, this new offering is named after a popular travel destination, specifically a picturesque district on the big island of Hawaii.
Previewing what’s in store for future Hyundai utility vehicles, the Kona has a bold design and will even be available with a two-tone roof. This vehicle’s face is dominated by the brand’s new “Cascading Grille,” which features a mesh pattern. The front fenders are broad and help provide an aggressive appearance.
The Kona is built around an all-new crossover architecture that provides several desirable traits, chiefly greater ground clearance and elevated seating, the latter of which should improve outward visibility and passenger comfort. Additionally, Hyundai projects this subcompact vehicle will offer best-in-class rear headroom. In the cargo hold, there’s a two-level load floor for greater versatility.
Enhancing safety, the Kona’s structure is comprised of about 52 percent high-strength steel, a custom variety made by Hyundai. Further increasing strength and torsional rigidity is more than 375 feet of structural adhesive.
Given its global ambitions, the Kona will offer a wide array of different powertrains. Depending on market, gasoline and diesel engines will be available
The base offering is a port-injected, naturally aspirated four-cylinder that displaces 2.0 liters. It should provide 147 horsepower and a zero-to-62 mile-an-hour time of around 10 seconds, which is completely adequate. This engine will be paired with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission.
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For drivers that want greater performance – and likely even better fuel economy – Hyundai will also offer a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit. Rated at around 175 horses, it also churns out an estimated 195 lb-ft of torque. Matched with a quick-shifting seven-ratio dual-clutch automatic it should be able to hustle the petite Kona to 62 miles an hour in just 7.7 seconds. Not that this figure is very important to crossover customers, but top speed is 125 miles an hour.
A third gasoline-burning engine is also in the works. European customers will be able to get a 1.0-liter three-cylinder. Bolted to a six-speed manual, its 118-horse team should deliver 62 miles an hour in as little as 12 seconds. Finally, a 1.6-liter diesel engine will also be available. Unfortunately, no performance or output figures have been made available at this time.
Four-wheel drive is optional in the all-new Hyundai Kona, but a drive-mode selector should be standard. With Sport, Normal and Eco modes, customers will be able to adjust how the vehicle performs.
On the tech front, an array of advanced driver-assistance features will be available including lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and a driver drowsiness monitor. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring will also be offered, ditto for active forward-collision avoidance, which uses the Kona’s front-facing camera and radar to determine whether a crash is imminent. If so, the vehicle can react, either avoiding the impact altogether or lessening its severity.

Keeping today’s phone-obsessed motorists in the loop, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both offered, as are infotainment systems with five-, seven- or eight-inch screens. Wireless charging for electronic devices is on the menu, as is 4G data for on-the-go internet access.
The all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV is slated to go on sale in South Korea this month. Deliveries to North America and Europe will follow later in the summer.
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Hyundai Kona EV To Have More Range Than Base Tesla Model 3?


The 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact CUV was recently unveiled in Korea, and while the model shown off was one with a traditional internal combustion engine, there is another version of the Kona SUV in the works.
During a recent press event to show off the Kona, an all-electric version was teased, with the range for that model expected to be around 242 miles.
That would put it slightly ahead of the current Chevy Bolt and even the base Tesla model 3!
Hyundai Kona EV arrival date

Production of the all electric Hyundai Kona should start in the early part of next year, after which it will go on sale in Korea and Europe.
No word yet on the Kona EV launch date in the US, but we are positive it will be made available here.
Kona EV range (rumored)

There are zero details about the powertrain at this point, but we imagine it will be the new industry standard, which will mean a nice sized lithium ion battery.
An article recently published in Autobild magazine in Germany suggested that the battery size would be in the range of 50 kWh, but from what we have learned the 2018 Hyundai Kona EV will have a larger one than that.
Sources in Korea are suggesting that it may be as large as 60 kWh!
That would almost certainly mean a range well in excess of 200 miles. That’s good news for Hyundai, as they are looking to surpass the 238 mile range offered by the Chevy Bolt.
Word is that the Kona will go beyond that number, with 242 miles the range being quoted for the new Hyundai electric vehicle.
We will update you with more details of the Kona electric vehicle as we get them. (photo: motorgraph korea)
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Hyundai Kona Spotted In 3 Different Exterior Colors, More To Be Available


Early look at the available color combinations of the Hyundai Kona 2018 (model year)…
The Hyundai Kona is still a couple of weeks away from its domestic market release in Korea, but it has been spotted several times during the testing phase in Europe.
With each new sighting, the Kona SUV was spotted in a variety of bright colors, from light blue, to blazing red, and even a rather funky shade of lime green.
There is a good chance that these exterior colors will be available when the 2018 Kona finally goes on sale in US and Canada, along with the standard white, black, and gray, as well as a couple of other surprises.
2018 Hyundai Kona colors – exterior

All told, we believe that there will be somewhere in the region of 8-10 different exterior colors made available, which means that there are still a few we have yet to see.
We also expect there to be two-tone options, where the roof will be a different color from the body, which is a look that we think is really cool.
Hyundai Kona interior color choices

There should also be 2, or perhaps even 3, different interior colors to choose from, so plenty of chances to mix and match here.
Hyundai have made it clear that they are going after a younger audience with the Kona, so we expect that the colors on offer will be vibrant and totally cool.
There are several different videos up on YouTube right now, including a few teaser videos released by Hyundai, where you can get a closer look at the colors.
We are especially partial to the light blue shade, which is borderline teal. The video for that one looks as though it might be part of a TV ad, as the Kona is being closely followed by another vehicle with a large mounted camera.
The Kona represents a bit of a departure for Hyundai in terms of design, and again, that is because they are going after a very definite target demographic with this release.
From what we have seen, the Kona will almost certainly appeal to the younger, hipper crowd, and these colors are going to help sell this model.
We think this could even be the Hyundai version of the Kia Soul, as that is how funky and cool we think this thing is.
Included in the new look is a very bold looking front face with a cascading grille and dual headlight set-up. Around back, the Kona appears to borrow some design elements from the Tucson.
There is also an extensive use of black plastic cladding that gives the Kona a very rugged, outdoorsy feel that is sure to appeal to the weekend warrior, whilst also making it look like a vehicle that can very much stand up to the rigors of everyday driving.
We think the 2018 Hyundai Kona looks like a fun vehicle that is going to appeal to the younger crowd, and we are closely following any and all new details prior to its release. As soon as we learn anything new, we will pass it along, so watch this space.
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A brief taste of Korea's latest dish | 2018 Hyundai Kona




























Disclaimer: We were limited to a short 10-minute drive at Hyundai's research and development facility in Namyang, about a 90-minute drive from the South Korean Capital of Seoul. The closed loop didn't provide much in the way of road variation, and we reached a blistering top speed of 45 mph with all of three opportunities to use the brakes.

The Kona we drove was a Korean-spec model. Suspension and steering tuning will be adjusted for the US, though we couldn't get a clear answer on what sort of changes that entails. Expect the US model to be a bit softer than what the Koreans and the Europeans will see, though we'll have to wait until a full first drive to be sure.

Hyundai has been on a roll lately, releasing a series of solid if not exactly groundbreaking products, though until now they company was missing an entry into the ever-burgeoning B-segment crossover. For several years, compacts like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 have ruled the class, but Hyundai is going all-in on crossovers, with several new models on the horizon. The first one out of the gate is the Kona. In the next few years, we'll see a model that slots below the Kona and a large SUV that will sit above the Santa Fe.

We got our first look at the new model at Hyundai's new Motorstudio, a place that's half interactive museum and half high-end conference space.

The Kona's styling, a mix of original and derivative design elements, is sure to be divisive. The most standout feature is the plastic cladding that comes in either black or grey, depending on the body color. Hyundai is calling it armor. We just hope it's affordable to replace.



The front wears Hyundai's cascading grille, an element that's making it's way across the automaker's lineup. It's flanked by what Hyundai is calling is calling composite headlights. It's a split design that places the slit-like turn signals above and separate from the actual headlights. It looks very similar to the current Jeep Cherokee, odd considering the controversy that model caused a few years ago. There's also a bit of Nissan Juke in there, though substantially toned down.

You best get used to it, though, as design chief Luc Donckerwolke says it's the new face of the brand. Expect to see some variation making its way across the automaker's lineup. Not so with the rest of the Kona, as Donckerwolke said each model will get unique elements only found on that particular car. For the Kona, it's the armor.

Other exterior design cues include the floating roof with a Land Rover-esque D-pillar and the two-tone paint scheme that adds a black roof to certain body colors. Like the cladding, there's no mixing and matching the body and roof colors. There's also a wide slot just above the grille that doesn't lead anywhere. It resembles the hood scoop on the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS. It's another design flourish that seems out of place, especially since it isn't functional.

In sharp contrast to the busy highly-styled exterior, the Kona's interior is typical Hyundai: handsome, conservative, and well positioned. It's very similar to the new Elantra GT, with a large infotainment display that floats on top of the dash. It's a similar design to those in Mazda, BMW, and Audi products. Donckerwolke says the placement makes the dash appear lighter and lower. With displays getting bigger, having them sit in the dash forces the vents, controls, and storage areas down and out.



In our short time in the car, all of the materials felt nice to the touch. It isn't luxury-car soft, but nothing felt cheap either. All of the controls were well placed, with dedicated buttons and knobs for HVAC, radio, lighting, active safety, and more. Everything felt natural, and there was no hunting for various functions. There's even a dedicated button to engage the all-wheel drive system. The standard mode waits for a loss of traction before sending power to the rear. We didn't get much of a chance to play with everything, but it looks and feels fine at first glance.

It definitely looks and feels better than something like the new Toyota C-HR, which was black over black over black. The buttons and knobs all feel like Toyota went for the least expensive option. In our very, very short loop, the Kona drove better than the C-HR, too.

From the moment you start moving, the Kona impresses. The steering is weighted really well in its standard drive mode and provides a surprising amount of feedback - far more than one would expect from a crossover. Our short time in the car didn't allow us to try any of the other drive modes to see if there is a change to the steering force. The leather-wrapped wheel feels great in your hands. In our brief experience, the steering feels as good as any competitor. We'll have to wait for more seat time in a US model to make a final call.

Likewise, the suspension displayed a surprising amount of poise, soaking up bumps and handling the intentionally upsetting pavement at Hyundai's facility with grace. Secondary motions were minimal, taking every hit with little drama. We can only hope that the US-spec models will feature tuning similar to those in Korea. Our old long-term Honda HR-V and Fiat 500X weren't set up for traversing Michigan pavement. We'll be interested to see if Hyundai will be any better.



The Kona is available with either a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic or a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both engines can be paired with all-wheel drive. The only Kona we tested was an all-wheel-drive model with the 1.6-liter engine.

At low speeds, it exhibits the same sort of hesitation as other Hyundai and Kia products with the same powertrain. It's not great, with power taking a moment to kick in while the clutch engages. Once it does, the Kona gets up and goes. Hyundai reports a 0-62 mph time of 7.7 seconds, genuinely quick and better than the Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Toyota C-HR. At speed, the car responds to throttle inputs with minimal turbo lag.

The biggest complaint we have from behind the wheel is the noise level. At idle, the car is relatively quiet. Once you get moving, there's a notable amount of wind noise, especially coming from the mirrors. It's not blaring, but it's not as good as some of the competition.

We'll reserve judgment until we can get some real seat time in the Kona. We had no opportunity to test things like active safety with the heads-up display, cargo space, or back-seat room. There simply wasn't the opportunity. As it stands, the Kona seems to have a lot of potential to be a class leader. Just hope that Hyundai doesn't change it too much for us Americans.
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Hyundai Motor Sells 10,000 Kona SUVs In 40 days



The small crossover segment is one of the fastest growing in the automotive industry, and while it took Hyundai longer than most to get involved, it looks as though they are on a winner with the Kona.
The new vehicle has already made a big sales splash in the Korean market, which Hyundai hopes will be repeated when it goes global.
It has been roughly 40 days since the Kona crossover was first introduced in South Korea, and in that time, the orders have already crossed the 10,000 unit mark.
7,000 of those were preorders made prior to the official sale date, while the remaining 3,000 came after the Kona hit showrooms.
Right now, the Hyundai Kona is selling an average of 330 vehicles per day in Korea.
The number of Kona’s delivered in July

The vehicles that were pre-ordered have already started making their way to the South Korean buyers.
Hyundai was able to deliver 3,145 units, taking a 27% domestic market share in the small crossover segment in the process.
The question you probably have is how those numbers compare to the competition, which includes the likes of the SsangYong Tivoli, Samsung QM3, Chevy Trax, and the Kia Stonic, which is made by Hyundai’s sister company.
The Kia Stonic crossover hit the market in mid-July, moving 1,342 units, which is a solid number for a new comer.
As for the other competitors, they saw their sales figures hold steady despite the release of the two afore-mentioned Hyundai-Kia models.
The Trax moved 1,282 units, a 90% increase over the previous year, while the Renault Samsung model jumped 29% over the previous year.
There was a smaller gain for the Tivoli, which saw sales increase by 1.6% over the course of a year.
Kona sales goals in Korea

The domestic sales goal that Hyundai have set for the Kona is 26,000 units per year, which really should not be an issue for them if the vehicle continues to set the same torrid pace that it is delivering right now.
Who’s buying Hyundai Kona?

With so many people going out of their way to get behind the wheel of the new Hyundai Kona CUV, it begs the question as to who Hyundai are specifically targeting.
The automaker have made it clear that they are going after younger drivers with this model, particularly those who have a real sense of adventure.
It would appear as though their plan is working perfectly, as roughly 45% of the Kona’s sold so far have made their way to drivers in their 20’s and 30’s.
Women are also responding very well, with about 51% of the total orders coming from females.
The popularity of the Kona means that buyers are currently having to wait about a month to take possession of the new Hyundai vehicle.
Given the positive response, it seems to be well worth the wait.
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