Hyundai unveils new compact SUV Kona, to get special Iron Man edition
Hyundai Motor unveiled its fourth sport utility vehicle, the Kona, on Monday, which will go on sale in Korea this month, followed by North America and Europe.
Named after the coastal region on the Big Island of Hawaii, US, Kona joins Creta, Tucson and Santa Fe in Hyundai’s global line-up of SUVs.
The subcompact SUV market snowballed by nearly 10 times from 2010 to 2016, Hyundai said, citing data from IHS Automotive. This year, the segment’s annual growth rate is expected to be 19%.
Kona is based on the Intrado Concept that was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014. It is 4,165mm long (which will not make it to India as a sub-four metre SUV), 1,800 mm wide and 1,550mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,600mm.
It gets Hyundai family’s signature cascading grille on the face of an aggressive, muscular body. The ‘composite lamps’ and slim daytime running lights add to Kona’s high-tech appearance.
On the rear are slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamp, surrounded by protective skin that begins at the C-pillar.
The Korean version of the new Kona is powered by a 2.0-litre MPI petrol engine that makes 149PS max power and 179 Nm of top torque @ 4,500 rpm. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the petrol Kona can clock 0-100kmph in 10 seconds, Hyundai claims.
On the other hand, the 1.6T-GDI diesel engine delivers 177PS peak power and top torque of 265Nm @1,500-4,500rpm. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT), the diesel Kona is quicker — 0-100kmph in 7.7 seconds and top speed of 210kmph.
Besides, the European version will also get a downsized 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission. The combination produces 120PS peak power and 172Nm top torque, enough to breach 100kmph mark in 12 seconds, and reach up to 181kmph.
Kona will also ease drivability on various surfaces, thanks to the three differentiated driving modes (Sports, Normal and Eco).
The global editions of the Kona will also get safety features such as the forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, blind-spot collision warning and driver attention warning.
Hyundai will also unveil an Iron Man special edition of the Kona, in the name of the Marvel’s superhero.
The Kona’s design is inspired by the strong, armored appearance of the Iron Man suit, with its powerful lines echoing the sensual body of the comic and cinematic hero.
The Kona Iron Man Special Edition is 40mm wider, and gets ornamentations such as LEDs beneath a matt grey hood and 19-inch wheel badged with an Iron Man Mask to mark the special edition.
Well, various blogs have frequently reported Kona to be India bound, though there’s no official word from the company yet. If it comes to the shore, Kona will sit between the cross-hatch i20 Active and premium SUV Creta in Hyundai Motor India’s portfolio, and will take on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport directly.
But it may become another expensive deal from Hyundai if Kona remains more than 4,000 mm long, the length limit for lower tax slabs. Creta is 4,270 mm long and hence pricier than the segment rivals Brezza and EcoSport.