Jukin’ ’N’Jivin’: Hyundai Kona
IN THE LATEST ASSAULT ON THE compact SUV arena, Hyundai have introduced the Kona, a stylish new all-road vehicle that promises more capability with efficiency, targeted at customers with an active lifestyle.
The modern compact SUV will join the Creta, Tucson, and Santa Fe.
The Kona features some inspired styling with LED headlamps, slim daytime running lights (DRL), sleek turn-indicators, and striking tail-lamp clusters. Inside, it also packs contemporary safety technology as well as modern communication and entertainment features, including AVN (Audio, Video, and Navigation). Underneath, the Kona means business.
The newly-developed SUV’s chassis is engineered to be rigid, topped with a lightweight body for dynamic driving performance and a comfortable ride. The platform is optimised to permit SUV levels of ground clearance, while the optional four-wheeldrive system and drivetrain are intelligently packaged, as is the under-floor layout, to offer a spacious interior despite its compact proportions. To integrate the all-wheel driveline, Hyundai engineers have created a new intercooler layout and setting for the transmission to minimise intrusion into the cabin. The rear layout of the platform is also optimised to save space. The suspension, fuel, and exhaust components are carefully packaged to maximise rear passenger room.
The Kona comes packing some of the latest drivetrains, offering a choice of petrol, diesel and even a hybrid option. A 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson-cycle petrol engine produces 149 PS and 179 Nm, but it remains to be seen if this is offered in India. A new turbo-petrol 1.6-litre T-GDI makes 177 PS and 265 Nm. The diesel variants are likely to be powered by the familiar 1.6-litre CRDi turbo-diesel with 128 PS and 260 Nm.
Things are looking up for Hyundai as they continue to strengthen their foothold in the market and offer more modern products at attractive pricepoints. Look forward to more on this development.