Jukin’ ’N’Jivin’: Hyundai Kona

Car India - - BULLETIN -

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.

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