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Strong & Impactful: 2018 Hyundai Kona SUV

Hyundai 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 is a brand-new challenger in the B-SUV segment, with a bold, daring image that hints at the future design direction of Hyundai’s next generation of SUV models.

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.

The new Hyundai compact SUV stands out from the crowd with high contrast design elements and striking style. Its masculine protective, ‘armor’, combines powerfully with the futuristic LED lighting to create a high-tech look. In addition to the instantly recognizable shape, a number of playful color variations allow buyers to customize their Kona. The roof is finished with a two-tone color scheme, providing high contrast between the body and wheels – satisfying customers with a desire to express their individuality.

Base power is generated by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine with torque communicated to the wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. A 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder motor bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission is also offered. All-wheel drive is optional.
The Kona rides on an all-new compact SUV platform that has been engineered to be rigid, topped with a lightweight body for dynamic driving performance and a comfortable ride. The platform is optimized to permit SUV levels of ground clearance, while the optional 4WD system and drivetrain is intelligently packaged to offer a spacious interior despite its compact proportions.

Control hardware consists of a McPherson strut system upfront, 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 drivetrain. 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.

Inside the passenger cabin, the unique features of the exterior continues, with a strong horizontal character line creating a wide and spacious feel. The sleek and simple layout interior contrasts with the bold, adventurous exterior design. The AVN (Audio, Visual, Navigation) monitor incorporates Hyundai’s advanced infotainment features. The monitor appears to float on the dashboard, contributing to the sense of openness.
Designers also optimized interior space to maximize luggage storage capabilities, reflecting the requirements of customers with active lifestyles. The split-folding rear seats fold flat, with a two-level loading floor that allows easy access for a bicycle or golf club storage.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 102.4; overall length:164.0; width: 70.9; height: 61.0
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 1.6L four-cylinder – 175 hp/195 lbs-ft of torque; 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder – 147 hp/132 lbs-ft.
Transmission: six-speed automatic, seven-speed DCT automatic

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