After the premiere in June, the brand-new 2018 Hyundai Kona is ready for launch. This is the newest addition to the company’s crossover lineup. The famous Korean company has a great ambition to become the biggest Asian manufacturer in Europe by 2021.
To achieve this goal, it needs new small city cars. This is a subcompact crossover, which makes it perfect for this occasion. It comes with pretty interesting, very attractive design and plenty of new technologies. It is designed primarily for the Europe, but we should see it available in many other parts of the world.
For now, we know that the 2018 Kona will come in two gasoline and one diesel variant, but we should also see a completely new, environment-friendly electrified version in a year or two. This version should have a 250-mile range, so there is a great potential for this version too.
2018 Hyundai Kona design
The 2018 Hyundai Kona is a completely new model from the Korean manufacturer. It is a new subcompact crossover, which is designed primarily for the European market but should come to other parts of the world too. It rides on the company’s familiar GB platform, which is in use for various models like Hyundai i20, Kia Stonic etc.
In terms of styling, this model is pretty interesting. Its design is much different compared to its bigger brothers Tucson and Santa Fe. The most notable parts of the front end are headlights. There are two lighting groups. The upper one features daytime running lights and turning signals, while the lower one features LED headlights. There is also the brand’s new cascading grille. The rear end is also pretty unique and it also features two groups of lights. Also, there is a floating roof, common for modern small crossovers.
2018 Hyundai Kona interior design and technology
The interior design of 2018 Hyundai Kona also comes with plenty of interesting details. On the first sight, you can clearly notice that the complete cabin features hi-quality materials and that the new model looks pretty upscale in this aspect. Besides attractive styling, it is also full of advanced technology features. The new crossover will feature the company’s latest infotainment system and a palette of touchscreens in the offer, with a size of 5, 7 or 8 inches, which come with things like navigation, smartphone integration, satellite radio etc. The new model also features a head-up display. There are many other entertainment features, but also a whole bunch of advanced safety features. For example, there are systems like blind-spot collision warning, lane keeping assists, forward collision avoidance assist, emergency stop signal etc.
2018 Hyundai Kona engines
For now, we know that the new 2018 Hyundai Kona will come with four engines in the offer. The base model will feature a company’s familiar 2.0-liter atmospheric gasoline engine, which is good for about 150 horses. There is also a newer and more advanced 1.6-liter Turbo, which delivers around 177 horsepower. Finally, there is a small 1.0-liter three-cylinder Turbo, which has a max output of 120 horsepower.
Since this is primarily a car for Europe, there is a diesel engine in the offer too. There is a familiar 1.6-liter CRDi unit, which should deliver around 135 horsepower. The 2018 Kona will feature a two transmission choice. Base models will come with a 6-speed manual, while the 7-speed DCT will be optional gearbox. We also expect to see an all-electric version in next few years, with a max range around 250 miles.
2018 Hyundai Kona release date and price
The 2018 Hyundai Kona is coming very soon. Depending on the country, it will arrive in next month or two. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 19-20.000 dollars. As we already mentioned, Hyundai plans to become the leading Asian carmaker in Europe, so key competitors of new crossover should be models like Toyota C-HR, Nissan Juke etc.