In India, the Hyundai Kona might lock horns with the upcoming models such as Maruti Grand Vitara and Toyota CH-R.
Hyundai’s all-new compact SUV – Hyundai Kona has been finally revealed at an event in Milan, Italy. In global markets, the SUV will take on the likes of Nissan Juke and Honda HRV. It will first go on sale in the European, North American and Korean market, followed by Asian countries. It is quite early to comment on its India launch, but media reports suggest that the SUV could make its debut at Auto Expo 2018. Instead of aggressive looks, the Kona gets conventional design with Hyundai’s new design philosophy. Painted in dual-tone shade, the compact SUV sports signature ‘Cascading’ front grille, two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, muscular fenders with thick black plastic cladding, diamond cut five-spoke alloy wheels and wraparound LED tail lamps with segregate unit of lights for reverse, foggy conditions and turn indication.
Featuring fresh design, the SUV also gets a range of new technology such as head-up display and a revised infotainment system. In global markets, the SUV is positioned alongside the Tucson; however, in India, the Kona could be placed between Creta and Tucson. Interior of the new Hyundai SUV will have premium feel and appeal, as most of the features are being shared with the i30. Engine specifications for the car will include a 1.0-litre T-GDI unit, a 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol and a 1.6-litre turbocharged CRDi diesel. For transmitting power to the wheels will be a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The automatic transmission with an optional AWD will be reserved for the top-spec trims.
The new Hyundai SUV will first go on sale in Korean market next month, followed by North America and Europe. As a reminder, Hyundai is working on a sub-compact SUV based on the Carlino concept for the Indian market. On the other hand, the Kona will be positioned above 4m in length and is likely to get different specs, exterior and interior elements if launched in India. With Maruti is considering a seven-seat SUV for the Indian market, Hyundai could also look at a similar option. As of now, it is a bit early to comment on its India entry until Hyundai makes an official announcement.
– Contemporary Styling
– Feature Loaded cabin
– Multiple powertrains
– AWD system
– Top-notch quality
– Likely to be pricier than rivals
– Lacks SUV-ish profile
|Minimum||Rs 12 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 18 lakh|
Hyundai’s upcoming SUV will be first launched in the Korean market, followed by other countries including Europe and North America. If launched in India, the Kona will be positioned between Creta and Tucson in terms of pricing. While the Creta prices starts at Rs 10 lakh, the latter one is tagged at Rs 20 lakh. Considering this, we expect that the Kona will be priced in the range of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom). In this price range, this new Hyundai compact SUV will face challenge from the upcoming models such as Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Honda HR-V and Toyota CH-R.
Hyundai has recently unveiled the Kona compact SUV at an event in Milan, Italy. It will first go on sale in the Korean markets in July 2017, while the European launch could take place towards the end of this year. We are still awaiting an official confirmation from the carmaker, however, reports in media suggest that Hyundai Kona might have its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February.
In the European market, the new Hyundai SUV will be made available with both petrol and diesel engines in manual and automatic options with an optional AWD. As for the India-bound model, there is yet no clarity on the engine specs, albeit reports suggest that it might borrow engines with the i20. With that the estimated mileage for the petrol variants is likely to be somewhere between 16-17kmpl and that of the diesel trims between 20-21kmpl.
|Engine||1.0L T-GDT & 1.6L T-GDI||1.6-litre U2 CRDi|
|Power||119.6bhp & 176bhp||114.5bhp & 136bhp|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT||7-speed DCT & 6-speed MT|
|Drivetrain||FWD & AWD||FWD & AWD|
|Top-speed||180kmph & 204kmph||NA|
For international markets, the new SUV will come with two petrol engines and one diesel engine. The two petrol engines will include a 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged and a 1.6L T-GDI unit, while the oil burner will be a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi unit. The smaller capacity gasoline engine is capable of producing 119.6bhp of power and 172Nm of torque at 1,500-4,000rpm. This model accelerates to 100kmph from zero in 12 seconds before hitting a top speed of 180kmph. On the other hand, the more powerful 1.6L petrol unit belts out 176bhp of power and 264Nm of torque at 1,500-4,000rpm. It can achieve 0-100kmph in 7.9sec, and is claimed to have a top speed of 204kmph.
The diesel 1.6-litre U2 CRDi engine offers two states of tunes – 114.5bhp (6-speed MT) and 136bhp (7-speed AT + AWD). The 7-speed gearbox equipped versions will have two driving modes – Normal and Sport. Other markets could also get a 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson engine.
As mentioned above, Hyundai is yet to confirm the launch of Hyundai Kona for the Indian market, but if the SUV comes here it is likely share engines with the Creta. The petrol version is likely to source its power from a 1.4-litre, T-GDI turbocharged motor making a top power of 99bhp and 130Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre turbocharged CRDi and 1.4-litre diesel engines push out a maximum power of 88.73bhp with 219Nm and 126bhp with 259Nm respectively. These diesel motors have already been used on the i20.
Hyundai might tune these powertrains to achieve better performance. The Kona will come with both manual and automatic gearbox options. A 6-speed manual autobox will come as standard, the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic will be optional that too on the high-spec trims. Picture Gallery: Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
If the SUV makes it to Indian market, it will be slotted above the Creta and below the Tucson. This will bring it in the crosshairs of other upcoming models including Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara (that could get an additional row), Honda HR-V and Toyota CH-R in the segment.
The all-new Kona is based on the i30 platform, and take design and styling bits from the Intrado concept. Design inspiration comes from Hyundai’s new design language, with new signature ‘Cascading Grille’ at the front. The company claims that the SUV design is a perfect combination of high-tech looks and sophistication, and it targets to millennial buyers. Face of the SUV will look aggressive with elements such as thick chrome surround grille, two-tier LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and sculpted bonnet. Other bits such as small fog lamps, skid plates and aggressive creases will complete the bold look.
Designed on Hyundai’s new fluidic design language, the side profile of the vehicle features flaring fenders with sporty black plastic cladding and a pair of diamond cut five-spoke alloy wheels. What will further enhance its appeal will be a sloping roof. The dual tone exterior, featuring black roof and C-pillar will be another highlight on the SUV. The chrome beading on the window and the roof rail on the top will add sporty flair to the SUV. The vehicle also gets large plastic areas, which Hyundai called ‘protective armour’ – that placed over the wheel arches to give it a rugged look. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to 16-inch wheels as standard. It also comes with 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels as optional.
While the front fascia of the SUV will be inspired by the Intardo concept, the rear design will share resemblance with the Tucson. The new Hyundai SUV gets wraparound cladding that accommodates reversing lights. It will additionally get a separate arrangement for foggy conditions, turn indication and reversing. The SUV also has a spoiler with an integrated LED brake light. Design elements such as skid plate, large bumper and black plastic cladding are also likely to ornate the rear.
Sits above 4 metre in length, the Kona is 4,165mm in length, 1,800mm in width and has a height of 1,550mm. Compared to its global rival, the SUV is shorter and lower, but it is 35mm wider. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,600mm and has a ground clearance of 170mm.
The global Kona SUV is based on the i30 platform. It it comes to India, it will be positioned between Creta and Tucson. This SUV will get the five-seat layout which means it will only come with two rows, one in front and one at rear. While Hyundai currently lacks a seven-seat model in this price range, it would be better if it thinks of bringing a seven-seat version. Nevertheless, the SUV sitting on a generous wheelbase will offer decent kneeroom, headspace and legroom in front and rear. The seats are likely to be wrapped with leather upholstery for a snug and comfortable experience.
Inside the cabin, the Kona comes with multiple storage points including some cubby holes. At the back, it will come with foldable split seats that allow more space for luggage by folding it completely. Along with these bits, the car will come with convenience features such as push button start, large glove box on the co-passenger side, coin holder, bottle holders and cup holders.
Connectivity features on the Kona include a 5.0-inch TFT screen as standard. The top-end version of the SUV will come with an optional 8.0-inch colour touchscreen. This is for the first that Hyundai car gets a Display Audio system that supported connected services such as smartphone sync using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with a wireless smartphone charging pad. The multi-functional steering wheel will get mounted controls for operating Bluetooth, telephony and audio system. The vehicle also has an eight-speaker sound system from Krell as standard.
On the feature front, the SUV borrows goodies from Tucson and Creta. The global SUV will get a plethora of equipment including Hyundai’s new Drive Mode Select, dual-zone climate control, 8.0-inch touchscreen system (5.0-inch as standard) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation and voice recognition. Along with the above mentioned features, expect it to get a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, keyless entry and go among several others.
Along with the comfort and connectivity features, the car also gets host of safety equipment. For retarding speed, Kona will get disc units at front axle and at rear axle. Among the primary safety bits, the car will get dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger, additional side airbags and curtain airbags. Other than these, the SUV is also packed with hill-start assist control (HAC), electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), front parking sensors, brake assist, downhill brake control among several others.
Hyundai has not yet revealed its plans to launch Hyundai Kona in India, therefore it would be a bit early to comment if it is coming to India anytime soon. The SUV will however be launched in European market by the end of this year. We earlier mentioned that Hyundai currently offers Creta, Tucson and Santa Fe in India, albeit it lacks a seven-seat SUV in the compact segment priced above Rs 10 lakh. Therefore, it would be more feasible for Hyundai to bring a seven-seat model. Now, it depends if Hyundai wants to bring a fresh product in this range (Kona) or come up with a seven-seat version of an existing model. While several theories are abuzz, but if Kona makes it to the Indian market, we expect it to be priced between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 18 lakh and take on the new brigade of models in this segment.
Hyundai Kona sub-compact SUV will sit between the Creta and Tucson in India, and go up against the Toyota's upcoming CH-R. It will also take on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Honda HR-V.