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Hyundai Unveils New Model The Kona Compact SUV. Will it come to India?

New Delhi, June 13, 2017 - Hyundai Motor has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of stylish SUVs, the Kona compact SUV. With a strong, impactful design and uncompromised individuality, the Kona is designed to appeal to modern customers with active lifestyles.

The Kona will go on sale in Korea later this month, followed by North America and Europe. However, it is too early to speculate whether Hyundai will being the Kona compact SUV to India. Only time will tell. The Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai Motor SUVs, as the company continues to widen customer choice in the segment.

Nomenclature:

The Kona is named after the coastal region on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA. The Kona region is famous among thrill-seeking travellers and the island's energetic image is reflected in the innovative, practical and highly functional design of Hyundai Motor's new lifestyle-focused SUV.

Design:

The Kona's stand-out design is reinforced by the car's voluminous, aggressive body styling, that emphasizes the car's well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. Its low and wide stance complements the car's stylish profile, with the long wheel base and short overhangs ensuring sporty, nimble handling, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at high speed.

'Composite lamps' enhance the Kona's high-tech and mechanical appearance. The slim daytime running lights (DRL) incorporate turn signals and are positioned in a 'stack', separate to the LED headlights.

The Kona's front is powerful, as its armour shows its readiness for extreme activities. The compact SUV also adopts Hyundai Motor's new family identity, the Cascading Grille, featuring a sporty mesh pattern, flanked by exceptional wing-type fenders that dominate the front design.

Engine:

The new Kona is offered with a combination of petrol and diesel engines of various power outputs depending on the market.

A 2.0-liter MPI Atkinson engine produces 149PS, with a 0-100km/h time of 10 seconds and a top speed of 194km/h. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine delivers maximum torque of 179 NM @4500rpm. The Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine boasts 177PS, a 0-100km/h time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 210km/h. The engine delivers maximum torque of 265NM from 1,500 to 4,500rpm and is mated to Hyundai's efficient and responsive seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT).

Also available will be a 1.6 diesel engine for select markets, including Europe.

Suspension:

The front suspension features a McPherson strut system, receiving a new sub-frame bush mounting and best-in-class tire trace to enhance comfort and reduce NVH. The system incorporates SUV geometry for refined body movement on rough roads or harsh off-road terrain.

Different rear suspension systems have been developed for both 2WD and 4WD, to deliver a comfortable ride and sporty handling with either drive train. At the front, the rear subframe receives new bush structure for the 2WD suspension set-up, with a high-stiffness torsion beam for greater stability and control. The 4WD configuration features a dual-arm multi-link suspension system to refine overall driving dynamics on all surface types.

Dimensions:

The Kona compact SUV comes with a wheelbase of 2,600mm and measures 4,165mm in length, 1,800mm in width and 1,550mm in height.

Features:

The Kona offers a premium infotainment system with various advanced connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay where specified with a 5-, 7- or 8-inch display (offered as standard or option dependent on market). Further options include DAB digital radio (Europe), HD Radio (North America), rear view camera display, and 4G telematics (North America) to ensure absolute connectivity.

A new combiner Head-Up Display (HUD) is fitted to the Kona, projecting a virtual image onto the clear glass panel mounted behind the instrument panel to enable the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. In a first for the segment, the Kona features smartphone wireless charging. Available as an option with all Kona models, customers simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless charging interface, located in the center console storage, to easily recharge without the need for cables.

Safety Features:

Class-leading active safety features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car's front-facing camera and radar to detect imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three further systems also utilize the front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA); and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

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