Hyundai Kona Compact SUV unveiled

Australia-bound Hyundai Kona seen for first time…

Here’s our first look at Hyundai’s entry into the compact SUV/crossover market – the Hyundai Kona.

Arriving in Australia in September, Hyundai this morning unveiled the Kona in the U.S. and they tell us their new offering boasts a strong, impactful design and uncompromised individuality.

Joining the larger Tucson and Santa Fe, the 2018 Hyundai Kona will be offered in global markets with up to three different engines on offer, including:

  • 110kW/179Nm 2.0 litre petrol
  • 130kW/265Nm 1.6 litre turbo-diesel
  • 88kW/172Nm 1.0 litre turbo-diesel

Expect the 2.0 litre and 1.6 litre units to be offered in Australia, although we are still awaiting local specification details.

Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive powertrains are also expected to be on offer locally.

Safety tech, including forward collision avoidance and head-up display, is likely to be available in Australia as well.

While we can safely predict that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard.

And as part of the push to find buyers looking for a vehicle with some personality, expect the Hyundai Kona to be offered locally with two-tone colour schemes.

Vice Chairman of Hyundai, Euisun Chung, says the Kona is a very welcome addition to the Hyundai range.

“With the Kona, we have created a stylish and highly functional compact SUV, perfectly suited to the needs of customers who pursue challenging, action-filled lifestyles,”

“We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class leading safety features.”

We will bring you Australian pricing and specification details for the new offering when confirmed in our Hyundai Kona News section.

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