Hyundai to join tiny-crossover ravel with Kona


Years after some of a competitors entered a ultrahot subcompact crossover segment, Hyundai aims to get a cut of a movement with a new Kona.

Hyundai suggested a crossover Tuesday during a universe premiere during a automaker’s entertainment parklike trickery an hour northwest of Seoul. The Kona is to go on sale in Korea this month and is to strike a U.S. in early 2018.
It will be a fourth crossover in Hyundai’s U.S. showrooms after a Tucson, Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe.
The Kona is approaching to lift Hyundai’s U.S. sales, that have forsaken 7.5 percent this year by May with a lineup dominated by cars and coupes, segments that have slumped in new years.
Built on a height that also underpins Hyundai’s Accent subcompact automobile and Kia’s stirring Stonic subcompact crossover, a Kona also introduces a pattern denunciation that departs from that of Hyundai cars and will widespread by Hyundai’s crossover lineup.
“We aim to set new standards for a compress SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading reserve features,” Euisun Chung, clamp authority of Hyundai Motor Co., pronounced in a matter before a debut.
The new demeanour that a Kona foreshadows for Hyundai crossovers is highlighted by a subdivision of a skinny daytime using lights and spin signals during a tip of a grille from a headlights tucked subsequent them in a front bumper. This thesis continues during a behind of a crossover, with a span of skinny plane taillights high above detached spin vigilance housings.
Plastic cladding via a bumpers and circle arches gives a Kona a some-more outdoorsy demeanour than what differently competence be a decidedly downtown-oriented appearance.
The pattern is meant to set a Kona detached from other forward-leaning models in a shred — that includes a Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade — and interest to millennials.
Inside, Hyundai is targeting best-in-class interior space with fold-flat back seats and a high seating position.
The Kona will offer dual four-cylinder powertrains in a U.S., both of that are used via Hyundai and Kia’s lineup.
The bottom Kona gets a 2.0-liter engine that creates 147 hp and 196 pounds-feet of torque. It’s interconnected with a six-speed involuntary delivery and will go from 0 to 62 mph in 10 seconds, Hyundai said.
A 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be optional. It will make 175 hp and 132 pounds-feet of torque, adequate for a 7.7-second 0-to-62 mph run. It’s matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Front-wheel expostulate will be customary with both engines, while four-wheel expostulate will be optional. A contingent of pushing modes (Normal, Sport and Eco) will also be standard.
Inside, a Kona will offer tech goodies such as a 5-, 7- or 8-inch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging and reserve facilities such as pre-collision braking, lane-keep support and blind-spot monitoring.
When a Kona goes on sale in a U.S. subsequent year it will join one of a fastest-growing and essential segments in a industry. Subcompact crossover sales surged 30 percent in 2016 to 507,575 vehicles; sales are adult another 14 percent by May. Positioned as entry-level vehicles, a bite-size crossovers are essential for automakers to captivate new and younger buyers to a code — a purpose once indifferent for cars of a same size.
IHS Markit forecasts a shred will grow to 1 million vehicles this year and strech 1.16 million in 2022.

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