Seeing the growing demand for SUVs, Hyundai Motor Company is aiming to introduce a range of new SUVs for global as well as Indian market. The Hyundai Kona is the next model from the Korean brand, which will be positioned alongside the Creta & Tucson. The company calls it a sub-compact SUV, which suggest that the car could also make its way to Indian market.
The all-new Kona SUV features Hyundai's new design identity, which we have already seen on the new Grand i10. The front fascia of the SUV gets Hyundai Motor's new family identity, the Cascading Grille. It is equipped with two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and fog lamps.
Other design elements include thick black plastic cladding, diamond cut five-spoke alloy wheeels and wraparound LED tail-lamps with segregate unit of lights for reverse, foggy conditions and turn indication. The rear profile of the car shares most of the design elements from the Tucson SUV.
The Kona will be equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen AVN system that will be compatible with Android Auto, Mirror Link and Apple CarPlay. The multi-functional steering wheel will have buttons for bluetooth telephony and audio system. Other features include Hyundai's new Drive Mode Select, rear parking camera and touchscreen with navigation and voice recognition.
The vehicle gets sloping roof that further enhances the overall look. It will also come with dual-tone exterior shade with black roof and C-pillar. There is a chrome beading on the window while the roof rail on the top adds to its sporty character. The global-spec model will share cabin design from the i30; however, the India-spec model could borrow features from the i20. Interior of the new SUV is likely to have premium feel and appeal.
For passengers' safety and security, this compact SUV will get dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, hill start assist control, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, front parking sensors, brake assist, etc. These features will come on the global model.
The SUV is expected to source its engine setup from the Creta. While the petrol version is a 1.4L T-GDT turbocharged unit producing 99bhp and 130Nm of torque, the oil burner will be a 1.4-litre unit. The top-spec model will also get a 1.6-litre turbocharged CRDi unit. A six-speed manual gearbox will come as standard, while a 7-speed Dual-clutch automatic unit will be optional on the top-spec model.
In India, the SUV is expected to be positioned alongside the Creta SUV and will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Renault Kaptur and Honda HRV. It is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 18 lakh.