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2018 Hyundai Kona

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  • Hyundai Kona
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    147
  • Torque @ RPM:
    132 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
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The South Korean manufacturer takes a swing at the highly competitive compact SUV segment

The crossover craze continues unabated, which means any automaker worth its salt is getting in on the action with all varieties of the reasonably priced, high-riding utility vehicle body style. The compact crossover segment in particular would appear to be rather lucrative, and as such, Hyundai just released a new competitor dubbed the Kona. Recently revealed in the metal in Seoul, the Kona fits between the Santa Fe and Tucson in the automaker’s lineup. Featuring sharp exterior styling, an upscale interior treatment, a wide variety of technology for infotainment and safety, plus an efficient drivetrain lineup, the Kona looks like it might have all the right stuff for a successful worldwide bid.

“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,” says Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class leading safety features.” Cut out the press releasisms, and what’s clear is the brand has high hopes for the Kona. Not only is Hyundai seeking to be the number one Asian automaker in Europe in less than five years, but this latest addition should also add a nice bump to its presence stateside as well. But this segment is rife with competition – does the Kona have what it takes to hang?

Updated 06/15/2017: Hyundai has officially revealed the Kona compact crossover! Check out our updated review below.

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Hyundai Is Going All-In On Crossovers at The New York Auto Show

Hyundai Is Going All-In On Crossovers at The New York Auto Show

The future of Hyundai has crossovers and SUVs written all over it

If you find yourselves in the Big Apple next week for the New York Auto Show, you’ll notice that Hyundai’s booth at the show will have a decidedly crossover and SUV feel to it. That’s the because the Korean automaker is preparing to showcase a number of crossovers and SUVs at the show. Among the models that have been confirmed include the new Santa Fe, a refreshed Tucson, and most importantly an electric version of the Kona crossover.

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The world’s first all-electric compact crossover!

Although Hyundai didn’t offer an SUV until the Terracan was introduced in 2001 (the 1991 Galloper doesn’t really count since it was a rebadged Mitsubishi), the Korean firm now has four different crossovers on offer. The latest to join the family is the Kona, and it’s the company’s first subcompact offering. But more importantly, it’s the first subcompact SUV to get an all-electric version. Unveiled in February 2018, the Kona Electric will be first of its kind on the European market later in 2018, and it should come to the U.S. as well.

Much like any other EV or hybrid based on a conventional vehicle, the Kona Electric is very similar to the gasoline-powered Kona. The styling carries over with a few changes inside and out, while the equipment lines remain pretty much the same. It’s the drivetrain that makes a big difference, as the Kona Electric doesn’t use dinosaur juice. What’s more, the Kona Electric comes with impressive performance and range of a crossover that will cost significantly less than the expensive Tesla Model X. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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The Hyundai Kona EV Offers Almost as Much Torque as a 997-Gen Porsche 911 GT3!

The Hyundai Kona EV Offers Almost as Much Torque as a 997-Gen Porsche 911 GT3!

Hyundai now has an EV ace up its sleeve

The Hyundai Kona Electric is serious business. Not only does it have impressive modern looks, it also has performance credentials to back up its design. Aesthetics notwithstanding, the Kona Electric’s biggest attraction is its performance capability, which amounts to as much as 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.

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Hyundai Kona EV Promises Better Range than Chevy Bolt and base Tesla Model 3

Hyundai Kona EV Promises Better Range than Chevy Bolt and base Tesla Model 3

Range-topping model to return up to 470 km

Unveiled in June 2017 as the company first subcompact crossover, the Hyundai Kona will get an all-electric drivetrain later this month. The news comes straight from the Korean automaker, which revealed that that the mini SUV based on the i30 platform will be unveiled on February 2018, ahead of a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Kona Electric joins the already available Ioniq Electric and the hydrogen-powered Nexo in the company’s all-electric lineup. The big news is that it will have a range of almost 300 miles on a single charge.

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Hyundai Kona to Get the Superbowl LII Commercial Spotlight

Hyundai Kona to Get the Superbowl LII Commercial Spotlight

It plays no part in the world’s fastest children’s soccer game

The all-new Hyundai Kona is getting premium placement at Super Bowl LII with a commercial of its own, or at least that’s what it seems like on the outside. The 60-second commercial features the Korean automaker’s punchy new crossover, but it’s not actually the star of the ad.

Instead, we get to see a children’s soccer game that devolves into a red card fest, all because the referee wants to catch the game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The unsuspecting parents (and coaches) eventually buy in on the referee’s charade, and when no one’s left to play the game, everybody scampers back to their homes to catch the game.

Apart from a few shots at the start and end of the commercial, the Kona is hardly visible in the entire ad. It’s not exactly the best way to spend millions of dollars on a 60-second commercial, but fortunately, the voice-over’s tagline in the end — “it’s designed to save the day” — helps tie the concept of the commercial together.

If you were underwhelmed by this commercial like I was, there’s a silver lining coming from Hyundai itself. In a similar move to what Snickers did last year, the Korean automaker is also filming a live Super Bowl spot that will showcase the company’s philanthropic efforts with the Hyundai Hope On Wheels childhood cancer fund.

Other automakers like Kia and Lexus have also tipped their hats with their respective Super Bowl ads. Hyundai’s sister company will focus on a spot featuring Emerson Fittipaldi and a pair of Kia Stingers while Lexus’ whole Super Bowl ad strategy will revolve around its partnership with Marvel Studios and the latter’s upcoming movie, Black Panther.

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The Hyundai Kona Gets a Warm Welcome with U.S. Debut in Los Angeles

The Hyundai Kona Gets a Warm Welcome with U.S. Debut in Los Angeles

An “armored” crossover with a heavy focus on active lifestyles

The 2017 L.A. Auto Show has seen an impressive number of debuts, from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to the new Jeep Wrangler. But perhaps one of the most consumer-focused vehicles is the new 2018 Hyundai Kona. This B-segment crossover offers room for five, nearly 20 cubic feet of cargo room, an available AWD system, two powertrain options, tons of in-dash tech and active safety equipment, and a funky design aimed at taming the urban jungles of Everytown, U.S.A.

The Kona isn’t the only compact crossover debuting at the 2017 L.A. Auto show, though. The Nissan Kicks is new and will be a major competitor for the Kona. Other rivals include the Jeep Renegade, Toyota CH-R, Honda HR-V, and Ford EcoSport. The Hyundai seems up to the challenge; it boasts a fun interior combined with an available 175-horsepower turbo-four backed by a dual-clutch automatic all riding on a new platform designed for responsiveness. Competitors with CVTs and less horsepower should be worried.

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Two Hyundai Models Get Green Light For N Treatment

Two Hyundai Models Get Green Light For N Treatment

Performance crossovers and SUVs will be critical to the N division’s success

The introduction of the Hyundai i30 N spells the start of the Korean automaker’s venture into the world of performance vehicles. Now that the hot hatch is in the fold, the process of building up the whole division begins, and two Hyundai models have been green-lit to help fill up the ranks: the Tucson and the Kona. The real development here is the inclusion of the Kona N since we’ve already heard from no less than N performance division boss Albert Biermann about the fate of the Tucson N.

Now, Hyundai Australia Senior Manager of Product Planning Andrew Tuitahi confirmed to Motoring that the Kona N is a “go” as well. The bad news is that both models aren’t expected to arrive anytime soon since Hyundai’s priority for the N division seems to focus on building its foundation with performance hatchbacks, coupes, and sedans. Crossovers and SUVs will come later, and the expectation is that these models will be integral parts of the whole N experience. Once the division itself is up-and-running, the attention will inevitably turn on bringing both the Tucson N and the Kona N to life. How long that’s going to take is anybody’s guess at this point, but Tuatahi may have put it best when he referred to time timetable as a “slow burn.” The good news is that the status of both the Tucson N and the Kona N is a matter of “when” and not “if.” We’ll just have to wait for word on “when” is when going to be.

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2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Hyundai Kona

The South Korean manufacturer takes a swing at the highly competitive compact SUV segment

The crossover craze continues unabated, which means any automaker worth its salt is getting in on the action with all varieties of the reasonably priced, high-riding utility vehicle body style. The compact crossover segment in particular would appear to be rather lucrative, and as such, Hyundai just released a new competitor dubbed the Kona. Recently revealed in the metal in Seoul, the Kona fits between the Santa Fe and Tucson in the automaker’s lineup. Featuring sharp exterior styling, an upscale interior treatment, a wide variety of technology for infotainment and safety, plus an efficient drivetrain lineup, the Kona looks like it might have all the right stuff for a successful worldwide bid.

“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,” says Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class leading safety features.” Cut out the press releasisms, and what’s clear is the brand has high hopes for the Kona. Not only is Hyundai seeking to be the number one Asian automaker in Europe in less than five years, but this latest addition should also add a nice bump to its presence stateside as well. But this segment is rife with competition – does the Kona have what it takes to hang?

Updated 06/15/2017: Hyundai has officially revealed the Kona compact crossover! Check out our updated review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Kona.

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