Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled its new Kona subcompact SUV and introduced an all-new N Line variant, a first for the Kona brand. The new variant features redesigned front, rear and side profile designs as well as new selections for the interior.
The latest model comes with updated 17- or 18-inch wheel designs, in addition to 16-inch wheels carried over from its predecessor. KONA Hybrid will be available with the same 16- or 18-inch wheels as before. The 18-inch tires are upgraded from Conti Sport Contact 5 to Conti Premium Contact 6 to improve the ride comfort.
The new KONA comes with five new exterior colors, including Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Ignite Flame, Cyber Grey, and Misty Jungle. These are in addition to five existing colors, including Phantom Black, Chalk White, Dark Knight, Pulse Red and Galactic Grey. Every color can be combined with the Phantom Black two-tone roof. The two-tone roof also comes with matching mirror housings.
The new N variant comes with a 10.25-inch digital cluster, which is similar to the one that was seen on the new i20. The new Kona also comes with an optional 10.25-inch AVN screen, providing new connectivity features, split screen function and multiple bluetooth connections.
The new N variant also comes with the latest Blue Link upgrade, which includes User profile, Last Mile Navigation, Connected Routing, Live Parking Information, and more. Standard features seen across the variants include the new 8-inch Display Audio and DAB radio and wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Safety package reloaded
The new Kona is loaded with a host of safety features, which include-
-Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
-Blind-spot collision avoidance assist (BCA)
-Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA)
-Lane Follow Assist (LFA)
-Forward Collision-Avoidance assist (FCA)
-Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance assist (RCCA)
-Rear Seat Alert (RSA)
-Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
-Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW)
New powertrain for better efficiency
The new Kona N variant comes with an enhanced 1.6-liter T-GDI smart stream engine with a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers 198 ps. Hyundai is offering it in two-wheel and four-wheel drive options.
It also comes equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid technology. This technology is applied to the 1.6-liter Smartstream diesel engine with 136 PS as standard and is available with a seven-speed DCT (7DCT) or six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (6iMT) as well as optional four-wheel drive. The 1.0-liter T-GDI Smartstream petrol engine with 120 PS can be equipped with 48-volt mild hybrid technology and 6iMT as an option. When chosen without mild hybrid technology, the 1.0-liter T-GDI Smartstream engine can be combined with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission and optional four-wheel drive.
Going in sync with Kona’s 2019 lineup, the Kona N variant comes with a powertrain option that features a 1.6-liter GDI engine and electric motor with a combined output of 141 PS, paired with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission and with two-wheel drive. The 32kW electric motor draws its energy from a 1.56 kWh lithium polymer battery.
SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President, head of Hyundai Global Design Center said, “Our design inspiration stems from this positive spirit, and this is a dedication to all the adventurers out there who explore life with a smile.”
Hyundai is expanding its B-SUV lineup by launching the sporty all-new Kona N Line. All the variants and features revealed above are for the European markets and Hyundai has notified that the variants and the features are going to vary in accordance to countries and regions. The all-new Kona N Line and new Kona will arrive to showrooms towards the end of the year, while the new Kona Hybrid will follow beginning of 2021. The new Kona Electric, which will carry over the powertrain and electric driving range of the current version, will be revealed soon. (MT)
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