Hyundai Reveals Compact Kona SUV


Hyundai has just launched their latest SUV. The compact Kona crossover sits under the 2017 Tucson in the lineup and will arrive in Canada early next year.

Hyundai has given the Kona aggressive styling for the class. It’s low and wide, with sharply scalloped doors. The pinched upper headlights look vaguely like the Jeep Cherokee‘, and it wears Hyundai’s new cascading grille, but the rest of the design looks like nothing else. Hyundai calls the plastic cladding “armour”, saying it “shows its readiness for extreme activities.”

Inside, Hyundai claims best-in-class interior space, despite compact dimensions. The interior is made larger by optimizing what goes underneath. The underpinnings, exhaust, and all-wheel drive system are all designed to reduce intrusion into the passenger compartment. This allows for a lower seating position in the rear. This gives the Kona a fold-flat second row and more headroom.

A full range of active safety features will be available, including lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision braking, and driver attention warnings. Hyundai is planning an optional head-up display projecting speed, audio, and navigation information onto a clear glass panel mounted to the top of the dash.

The Kona will have an infotainment system using a 5.0, 7.0, or 8.0-inch screen, depending on options. the system will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with 4G connectivity.

There are a number of gas and diesel engines available around the world, but the two we’re likely to see at the 1.6L turbocharged four and the 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder. The first is Hyundai’s familiar Gamma engine making 177 hp. It’s matched with Hyundai’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The 2.0L has a conventional six-speed auto and 149 hp.

Expect pricing, interior photos, and more details to follow closer to the Kona’s arrival at dealers.

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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Evan is based in Halifax, and has been a car nut for as long as anyone can remember. He autocrosses, does lapping days and TSD rallies, breaks cars and then fixes them again.
  • Glynn Morrissey

    i think it’s the ugliest looking thing since the juke.

  • Cake

    You obviously haven’t seen the CH-R.


    Beautiful vehicle. Wished it came in a Hybrid version.

  • sags85

    The 1.6 makes 201 HP, not 177 as quoted above.

  • wilbon61

    Exactly what I thought

  • Jacob Black

    Not in this iteration.

  • Ron Thibodeau

    Needs refinement but a far cry from the ‘Juke’.