2018 Hyundai KONA subcompact crossover premieres in Korea

Updated Nov 23, 2022 | Same topic: Most Updated Car Concept

Hyundai has officially announced the launch of its 2018 KONA crossover in the home country.
Like the Creta, SantaFe, Tucson and Veracruz for sale, the Kona is also named after a popular travel destination in Hawaiian coastal region. This is the first global B-segment SUV of the Korean automaker.
Side view of the Hyundai KONA

The KONA is the first global B-segment SUV of the Korean automaker

With an overall length of 4,165 mm and a 2,600mm wheelbase, the 2018 Hyundai KONA is perfectly sized to rival the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3.

The KONA is said to own an emotional look the new “Cascading Grille” design. It is defined by special LED headlights under a matte gray hood that makes the car look slender and sharper.
Front view of the KONA

The KONA is defined by special LED headlights

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In terms of interior, the KONA is considered to get the largest cabin in its segment despite the low ceilings. On the infotainment side, it is compatible with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation system and HD radio. Wireless charging for compatible phones is also available.
Cabin of the KONA

The KONA is considered to get the largest cabin in its segment 

Enhancing safe driving, the KONA is loaded with advanced driver-assist systems, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist and driver-attention warning system. Further, radar-based blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert are also added.
Angular rear of the KONA

The KONA will come with three driving modes: Sports, Normal and Eco

Hyundai offer two engine options to customers: 2.0L four-cylinder Atkinson and 1.6L Gamma. The 2.0L Atkinson engine gives 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. With this power, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 194 km/h. The second engine is Gamma 1.6T-GDI. It churns out 175 hp and 265 Nm of peak torque between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. Power is sent via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, good for 0-100 km/h in a reasonable 7.7 seconds. Besides, the KONA will come with three driving modes: Sports, Normal and Eco.

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The all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV will be on sale in South Korea this month before going to North America and Europe later in the summer.

All-new 2018 Hyundai KONA - Hyundai's advanced SUV

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Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona 2023 is a subcompact crossover brought in by the Korean marque. It is available in the Philippines in one variant only which is priced at Php 1,188,000. Powering this vehicle is a 2.0-liter NU MPI Atkinson gasoline engine capable of generating 147 horsepower and 179 Nm of torque. Only a 6-speed automatic transmission is used to drive the power from the engine to the front wheels exclusively.

In terms of dimensions, the Kona has a length of 4,165 mm, a width of 1,800 mm, and a height of 1,550 mm. Additionally, it comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,600 mm and 170 mm, respectively. In the local market, this Korean subcompact crossover goes up against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Kia Seltos, and Geely Coolray.