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Hyundai Mo­tors launches the Kona B-seg­ment SUV.

HWM (Malaysia) - - IGNITION -

Hyundai Mo­tors has launched a di­rect com­peti­tor to the ev­er­pop­u­lar Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Toy­ota C-HR, called the Kona. Ac­cord­ing to Hyundai, the Kona is de­signed to ap­peal to the mil­len­nial de­mo­graphic, if you couldn’t al­ready tell from its de­cid­edly ‘edgy’ styling.

The Kona is avail­able in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent petrol and diesel engines. On the petrol side of things, there’s a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 2.0-liter MPI Atkin­son petrol en­gine that pro­duces 149PS and 179Nm of torque, and a Gamma 1.6 T-GDI tur­bocharged en­gine that de­liv­ers 177PS and 265Nm of torque.

The for­mer will get you from zero to 100km/h in 10 sec­onds and has a top speed of 194km/h, while the lat­ter – which will be mated to a sev­en­speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion – will per­form the cen­tury sprint in 7.7 sec­onds be­fore reach­ing a top speed of 210km/h.

Driv­ers who pre­fer the torque-y char­ac­ter­is­tics of diesel engines can opt for the 1.0 T-GDI tur­bocharged three-cylin­der diesel en­gine in­stead, which will be paired with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion. The tiny pow­er­house is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 120PS and 172Nm of torque – enough to pro­pel the Kona from stand­still to 100km/h in 12 sec­onds, and on­wards to a top speed of 181km/h. A larger 1.6-liter tur­bod­iesel en­gine will also be avail­able, but only in Europe.

Con­cerned par­ents should be happy to know that the Kona is equipped with a raft of safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing For­ward Col­li­sion-Avoid­ance As­sist (FCA), Lane Keep­ing As­sist (LKA), High Beam As­sist (HBA), Driver At­ten­tion Warn­ing (DAW), BlindSpot Col­li­sion Warn­ing (BCW), and Rear Cross-Traf­fic Col­li­sion Warn­ing (RCCW).

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