The US-spec Hyundai Kona made its debut at this year�s LA Auto Show, bringing its quirky looks to a segment that appears to be growing by the second these days.
The exterior styling remains pretty much unchanged, meaning a compact muscular shape defined by its plastic cladding on the sides and the unusual headlight setup, making the new Hyundai Kona a very different proposition indeed.
Based on a brand-new platform, the Hyundai Kona is designed to offer good ground clearance, generous interior space and a commanding driving position. The underfloor layout is optimized to reduce central tunnel intrusion. The optional all-wheel drive system is also cleverly packaged.
Customers in the U.S. will be offered two choices: an entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol than runs on the Atkinson cycle and produces 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque and the turbocharged 1.6-liter with direct injection which makes 175hp and 195lb-ft of torque. 2.0-liter models are paired to a six-speed automatic while the more powerful turbocharged Konas are fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Hyundai claims that the Kona was developed to offer �enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance�. Front-wheel drive models get a rear torsion beam suspension while all-wheel drive ones are fitted with a multi-link rear.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist along with Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are part of the Hyundai Kona�s available safety kit.
The interior features an eight-inch infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio and Blue Link LTE connectivity services. There�s also a wireless charging pad for smartphones, a heads-up display and more.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2018, with pricing details to be announced closer to its market launch.