2018 Hyundai Kona Breaks a Mold for Compact SUVs: A Crossover for "Urban Adventurers"

Posted on 22. Jan, 2018 by in Hyundai Canada

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2017 – Today, Hyundai denounced a U.S.-production chronicle of a convention-shattering Kona crossover during a Los Angeles Auto Show. Kona rides on an all-new CUV height and is Hyundai’s initial B-segment crossover for a U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active lifestyles of all kinds. Kona’s “urban intelligent armor” extraneous styling facilities voluminous, assertive physique styling complemented by a low and far-reaching position for good looks and assured doing in a accumulation of civic and adventure-oriented pushing environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a full choice of Hyundai crossovers for a U.S. market. 2018 Kona models will be accessible during Hyundai dealers in a initial entertain of 2018.


“Our new Kona crossover is a stylish and organic compress CUV, tailored to a needs of business who pursue active lifestyles of all kinds,” pronounced Mike O’Brien, clamp boss of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We’re assured it will set new standards for a segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading accessible reserve features.”

2018 Kona Highlights 

  • Bold, uninformed settlement elements with discretionary color-contrasting roof and extroverted tone options
  • LED headlight, taillight and daytime regulating light enlightenment signature
  • 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed involuntary transmission
  • Standard floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ capability
  • Available 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine with 7-speed DCT
  • Hyundai Smart Sense (HSS):
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Premium record availability:
  • 8-inch Navigation System
  • Standard Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™
  • Next era Blue Link®
  • Heads-up Display (with active pop-up arrangement screen)
  • Rain-sensing Wipers
  • Wireless device charging

Kona offers a span of fuel-efficient drivetrains and a stylish, ample interior. A whole horde of modernized reserve facilities are also accessible including a Lane-Keeping Assist system, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, Parking Distance Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection.


Kona employs polished aesthetics with sculpted physique forms and sporty contours for an athletic, bold, and distinguished appearance. Its particular settlement is reinforced by a car’s voluminous, assertive physique styling that emphasizes a well-proportioned, enterprising silhouette. A low and far-reaching position complements a profile, with a prolonged wheelbase and brief overhangs, ensuring sporty, nimble handling, in serve to delivering aloft pushing fortitude during highway speeds. Its masculine, protecting ‘armor’ combines strenuously with a unconventional LED lighting to emanate a high-tech look.

Kona’s front perspective conveys a absolute presence, as a armor shows willingness for adventuresome activities. It incorporates Hyundai’s new family identity, a cascading grille, featuring a sporty filigree pattern, flanked by flared, wing-like fenders that browbeat a front visage. It’s serve extended by a separated-headlight design, with high-efficiency LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The visible attribute between a combination lamps, Hyundai’s signature cascading grille and singular armor settlement formula in a particular crossover character.


Side-profile settlement elements strengthen a tough and organic qualities. Contrasting black armor provides a protecting skin and visually connects a front to a rear. As with a front LED arrangement, a back light pattern also creates a truly unique, signature appearance. The slim stop lights, spin indicators and retreat lamps are in a apart configuration, surrounded by protecting skin that starts during a C-pillar garnish.

In gripping with a adventuresome demeanor, a series of extroverted tone variations concede buyers to serve demonstrate themselves by selecting colors such as Chalk White, Ultra Black, Sonic Silver, Thunder Gray, Pulse Red, Surf Blue and Lime Twist. The roof is finished with an discretionary color-contrasting tone scheme, providing high contrariety between a physique and wheels for a particular appearance.


The singular facilities of a extraneous continue inside with a clever plane impression line formulating a far-reaching and atmospheric feel. Even with a compress measure and low roof line, a Kona delivers superb interior roominess, generally in front headroom.

The neat and elementary blueprint interior contrasts with a bold, brave extraneous design. The audio/navigation arrangement incorporates modernized infotainment facilities and a customary floating seven-inch touchscreen includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability. The floating arrangement settlement adds serve to a occupants’ clarity of interior openness. Further, HVAC (heating, transformation and atmosphere conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, liquid sum that minister to a sexy knowledge and raise a comfort-focused environment.



The all-new Kona compress height has been grown to yield business with loyal CUV capabilities, CUV-level belligerent clearway and an elevated, authority seating position to safeguard improved prominence and comfort on prolonged journeys, as good as easy accession and egress. Kona offers occupants inexhaustible interior space by optimizing a underfloor layout, including a AWD drivetrain and empty system, to revoke executive hovel penetration on interior space. The discretionary AWD complement and drivetrain is cleverly finished to offer a atmospheric interior notwithstanding a compress extraneous dimensions. Kona also advantages from vital use of constructional adhesives during high highlight points on a framework and endless use of hot-stamping methods for incomparable rigidity.

To confederate a discretionary four-wheel expostulate system, Hyundai engineers finished a new intercooler blueprint and ascent position for a smoothness to minimize penetration into a cabin space. The suspension, fuel, and empty components are delicately finished to maximize back passenger room. As a result, Kona offers a inexhaustible 19.2 cubic feet of back bucket volume.

The powertrain blueprint is also designed to emanate a compress height means of incorporating a car’s four-wheel-drive complement while progressing interior space. Suspension member blueprint is minimized during a rear, permitting for a reduce bucket building and seating position to broach considerable headroom and palliate of entrance for back occupants. Designers also maximized interior space for luggage storage capabilities, reflecting a mandate of business with active lifestyles. The split-folding back seats overlay prosaic around a dual-level loading building that gives 3 inches of additional straight space and allows easy entrance for a accumulation of recreational equipment.


Kona powertrain offerings have tip potency levels as a primary target. Kona is offering with a choice of dual gasoline powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces 147 horsepower during 6200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque during 4500 rpm, interconnected with a six-speed involuntary transmission. The Atkinson cycle settlement maximizes a effective cylinder enlargement ratio (compression cadence vs. appetite stroke) for incomparable efficiency. The six-speed involuntary offers SHIFTRONIC™ manual-shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for aloft fuel economy during highway speeds. Powertrain NVH has been reduced serve by hydraulic smoothness mounts.

Limited and Ultimate trims offer a Gamma 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine generating 175 horsepower during 5500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500-4500 rpm, an advantage over a pivotal competitors. Peak torque smoothness starts during usually 1,500 rpm and binds by 4,500 rpm, for low-RPM responsiveness and opening in bland pushing conditions. The turbocharger facilities low-inertia turbo-spooling response characteristics and an electronic wastegate control for some-more accurate control of plural pressure. Internally, piston-cooling oil jets safeguard cooler piston temperatures for extended engine life. The Gamma engine also facilities a H2O coupler insert that prioritizes cooling in a top turn of a cylinder retard where some-more explosion feverishness is generated, ensuing in reduce cylinder-head temperatures and permitting for leaner air/fuel mixtures for improved fuel efficiency.

The turbo engine is joined to a seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch smoothness (DCT). This Hyundai-developed dual-clutch smoothness offers superb potency with quick, seamless changeable and sprightly acceleration. When compared with some competitors’ continuously-variable transmissions, this DCT is means to hoop some-more torque with minimal appetite stop around a engine doing operation for healthy acceleration and reward auditory impression with incomparable durability.


Kona was grown with a concentration on extended pushing dynamics and manageable opening for a accumulation of civic and multi-surface pushing conditions. The prolonged wheelbase, brief overhangs and far-reaching line emanate a planted position that formula in well-developed lively in civic environments with extended linear fortitude and float comfort. The front cessation facilities a McPherson strut complement regulating an innovative sub-frame bushing settlement for extended comfort and reduced NVH. The MacPherson strut settlement uses gas-filled startle absorbers and a vale stabilizer bar for reduce weight and extended responsiveness. Available 18-inch amalgamate wheels with 235/45R18 tires give surefooted, flexible doing impression on a accumulation of highway surfaces.

Differentiated back cessation settlement has been grown for 2WD and AWD models. 2WD models have a firm torsion lamp settlement for altogether fortitude and control. The AWD expostulate indication uses an independent, dual-arm multi-link design, optimizing float comfort and fortitude in a wider ranges of off-road cessation articulation. Its geometry was privately designed for polished physique transformation on severe roads and off-road terrain. Rear cessation control arm settlement also minimizes cove and toe changes around a wider cessation transport range.

Kona also offers Drive Mode Select, that allows a motorist to customize enterprising responses, such as steering feel, smoothness and altogether powertrain responsiveness to their preferences, and to changing highway or trade conditions. Two differentiated pushing modes (Normal and Sport) optimize a torque placement and change mapping, tailoring Kona to a accumulation of pushing preferences. In Sport mode, there is a incomparable importance on acceleration with progressing downshifts on braking, while Normal mode somewhat prioritizes fuel economy over opening with a some-more conservative, lower-rpm change schedule.


Kona’s motor-driven appetite steering is some-more fit and quieter than normal hydraulic systems by shortening parasitic waste from subordinate belts and their continual drag on a powertrain. Further, a steering complement was engineered and tuned privately for Kona’s accurate and fast adjustments in steering feel with changing pushing conditions. The steering circle itself offers a far-reaching operation of lean and telescopic composition for incomparable motorist comfort.


Hyundai is a usually tellurian automobile manufacturer to furnish a possess steel for automobile prolongation for specific advantages to Kona constructional firmness and safety. The lightweight unibody structure has been grown with 52 percent Advanced High Strength Steel to broach heading levels of fundamental pacifist reserve characteristics.

Proprietary hot-stamping methods furnish lightweight, ultra-strong constructional elements to maximize a cabin’s executive reserve cell. The length of constructional adhesives used in Kona prolongation exceeds 375 feet, providing additional torsional acerbity and serve shortening altogether structure weight for improved fuel efficiency, acceleration and handling. The height also facilities an innovative multi-load trail structure – an modernized appetite apportionment record that boosts impact toleration by dispersing pile-up appetite opposite mixed structures to strengthen passengers in a eventuality of an accident. These settlement facilities are coming to give Kona a NHTSA 5-star reserve rating as good as an IIHS Top Safety Pick overall.


Kona offers modernized active reserve features, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), that uses a car’s front-facing camera and radar to detect an coming collision and equivocate impact or minimize repairs by braking autonomously. Three additional systems also implement a front-view camera to boost reserve and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

By intuiting highway markings, Lane Keeping Assist helps to forestall random line depart by automatically steering a automobile if required. High Beam Assist automatically controls a high lamp headlights depending on surroundings, while a Driver Attention Warning complement monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to detect motorist tired or drifting driving.

Kona radar systems also support with a Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) to detect coming vehicles that might be vaporous from perspective during highway driving. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collison Warning (RCCW) detects when another automobile might have entered a car’s rearward path, such as subsidy out of a parking spot, and provides a motorist alert.


Kona offers a full apartment of worldly technologies interconnected with user-friendly functionality to keep passengers sensitive and entertained. The reward infotainment complement offers several modernized connectivity features, including customary Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio and next-generation Blue Link® LTE-powered connectivity. The customary seven-inch tone LCD arrangement includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary submit jacks, voice-command approval and Rear View Monitor. The accessible eight-inch touchscreen navigation arrangement includes next-generation Blue Link, trade upsurge and occurrence information around HD radio, Infinity® reward audio with 8 speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi ™ music-restoration technology. Smartphone formation is also enclosed in a reward system.

Because some Kona buyers will have downsized from a incomparable CUV, Kona offers facilities that they would be accustomed to in incomparable CUV segments, such as a four-inch tone LCD electroluminescent sign cluster, appetite driver’s seat, leather exhilarated seats, involuntary atmosphere conditioning and vicinity key. A Heads-Up Display complement is available, raised a practical picture onto a pure row mounted behind a instrument row and assisting a motorist to keep his or her eyes on a road. With a generous, eight-inch projected-image distance and superb luminance, a Heads-Up Display ensures both glorious day- and night visibility. Information projected includes speed, navigation instructions, Lane Departure Warning and audio complement information. Deployed plumb by a elementary hold of a symbol beside a steering wheel, a arrangement disappears into a dashboard when not in use.

In a initial for a segment, Kona offers smartphone wireless charging. To assign a device, simply place a concordant smartphone on a wireless-charging interface located in a core console storage, recharging but a need for cables. The complement indicates when a phone has entirely charged, reminds occupants to mislay their phone when exiting a vehicle, and detects when a unfamiliar intent is in a recharging area that could meddle with charging. The complement is entirely agreeable with WPC’s Qi customary for palliate of use.


Kona Ultimate models are versed with Blue Link®, including nominal three-year Blue Link services, with extended safety, diagnostic, remote and superintendence services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into a automobile with technologies like Google Home®, Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link facilities can be accessed around buttons on a rearview mirror, a MyHyundai.com web portal, a Blue Link smartphone app, Amazon® Alexa Blue Link ability and regulating a Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some facilities can also be tranquil around Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest recover of a Blue Link smartphone app includes:

  • Widgets for easy entrance to remote features
  • Access to Blue Link presentation settings
  • Access to a Hyundai accessories website

More sum on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles accessible during www.hyundaibluelink.com.


Kona is named after a halcyon west-coast segment of a Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona segment is famous among continuation triathletes and thrill-seeking travelers, and this enterprising picture is serve reflected in a innovative and organic settlement of this lifestyle-focused CUV.


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