Hyundai is currently trying to expand their car roster and especially their crossover lineup. While the Tucson and the Santa Fe are great, they can’t really move as many units as their competitors. Because of that it seems they are about to release at least two all new models. One of these is going to be the upcoming 2018 Hyundai Kona, a compact crossover meant to slot right under the ongoing Tucson. Despite what the early rumors suggested though, the car is actually going to be based on the same platform as the i20 hatchback. On top of that it seems the suspension system won’t be identical to its close sibling. Instead, Hyundai is actually going to offer a revised running gear and powertrain meaning that the Kona will actually be available with all wheel drive. This would make it one of the very few cars offering this feature in its class which would definitely allow Hyundai to stand out.
So far the car’s release date and price have been kept under wraps. Even so, the Kona has been spied numerous times already and Hyundai even released a few teaser shots for their upcoming compact crossover. This means that its release is approaching rapidly so we should see the production model of the car in the upcoming months. Its price will more than likely sit on the same level with that of the i30, being more expensive than the i20 but considerably cheaper than the other crossover, the Tucson.
From the profile on the other hand the car is quite reminiscent of the i20. The only big differences between the two are the wider wheel arches and the blacked out C-pillars found on the crossover
2018 Hyundai Kona Exterior
As we said, the prototype of the 2018 Hyundai Kona as well as, what seemed to be, its release candidate, have been seen quite a few times. In fact a few days back it was filmed wearing no camouflage. The end result seems rather impressive and it is a definite improvement over Hyundai’s other crossover. In the front the Kona boasts a brand new design scheme. It features Hyundai’s already well known large hexagonal grille but that’s about it. It has two sets of headlights with the DRLs being much slimmer and mounted on top of the regular headlights.
Right between the DRSl there is a slim air intake which likely feeds air to its turbocharged engine. The fog-lamps are quite close to each other giving the Kona a very aggressive look. The back of the car features a really small rear window, a roof spoiler, two very slim tail lights as well as two larger fog-lamps giving it the SUV look. The front and rear bumpers as well as the side-skirts feature silver accents meant to toughen it up. From the profile on the other hand the car is quite reminiscent of the i20. The only big differences between the two are the wider wheel arches and the blacked out C-pillars found on the crossover.
Unfortunately the interior of the 2018 Hyundai Kona hasn’t been seen up to this point. Despite that, considering the size of the car and its competitors, it is safe to assume it won’t be much different from the i20. In fact we would go as far as saying the two cars will share the same dashboard, features and even driving position. The big difference will likely be in the materials the two cars will use. On top of that the Kona is actually expected to offer contrasting color inserts which are otherwise unavailable on the hatchback.
The base model of the 2018 Hyundai Kona is actually expected to get a 1.0 liter turbo-three good for 99 horsepower and 171 Nm of torque
Engine and Specs 2018 Hyundai Kona
The base model of the 2018 Hyundai Kona is actually expected to get a 1.0 liter turbo-three good for 99 horsepower and 171 Nm of torque. This should be more than enough for a lightweight crossover. A 1.4 liter turbo-diesel with over 100 horsepower is also expected. Both of these are likely going to be mated to a 6 speed manual and the front wheels only.
|2018 Hyundai Kona|
|Engine type||1.0, 1.4, 1.6 liter|
|Power/torque||99 hp and 171 lb-ft|
|Release||end of 2018|
A more powerful 1.4 liter turbo-four gas engine with close to 140 horsepower is expected. A larger 1.6 liter diesel with close to 130 horsepower is also possible. Both of these are likely going to be equipped with a 6 speed manual or with an automatic. Both of them are expected to be made available with an optional all wheel drive system. This should easily allow the Kona to become the leader of a class where most of its rivals are available in FWD guise only.