After teasing it over the last few months, Hyundai has revealed its latest crossover, the Kona. The fifth utility vehicle in the South Korean carmaker’s range after the Grand Santa Fe, the Santa Fe, the Tucson and the Creta, the Kona is Hyundai’s first global B-segment SUV.
Set to go against CUVs like the Renault Captur, Ford Ecosport and Nissan Juke, the Kona looks sleek, stylish and aggressive at the same time. Hyundai claims the crossover will display handling characteristics that do justice to its appearance. Up front is the signature Cascading Grille, with a mesh pattern, while the LED lights add to the character. Add to this a dual tone roof and a fab rear with slimmer taillights, and the Kona is ready to take on competition.
The cabin is relatively more simple and straightforward, but seems to be well built with good quality materials. Hyundai says the engineers have squeezed the maximum amount of passenger and cargo space possible from the Kona’s modest dimensions. It’s also packed with features like wireless smartphone charging and virtual head-up display.
Based on the company’s newly developed platform for compact crossovers, the Kona will be offered with a choice of two petrol engines: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 149bhp and 179Nm of torque and a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder making 120bhp and 172Nm of torque, both available with all-wheel drive.
The all-new compact crossover should reach our shores later this year.