Hyundai will introduce another crossover to its lineup for the 2018 model year. It’s called the Kona, and it’s a small crossover designed to be a little more interesting than the Tucson or the Santa Fe. Whereas those models are fairly conventional, the Kona is a little more radical, and it brings some much-needed excitement to the Hyundai model line. Here are five things you should know about the 2018 Kona.
1. It has Expressive Styling Inside and Out
The first thing you’ll notice about the 2018 Hyundai Kona is its styling. The model features unconventional Jeep Cherokee-like stacked headlights. The line of LED running lights sits above the headlamps, it's an interesting move as Jeep has recently abandoned this styling choice on the refreshed Cherokee. It has a fairly long hood and short overhangs, with an overall look that’s a little busier than you may expect from the brand. The bumpers and fenders feature body cladding that gives the model a little bit more typical crossover look. The model is obviously aimed at active urban people, which is common for the segment.
2. The Kona Comes With an All-New Chassis
To compete with the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, and Kia Soul, Hyundai decided to craft a whole new chassis. One that will likely underpin many of its new models for years to come. The new chassis should make the Kona handle and ride better than any other Hyundai model before it, which is a must if it’s going to compete with the best driving crossovers on the market.
3. It Comes With Tons of Modern Tech
Hyundai is known for providing a lot of technology in their cars. The Kona will be no different. In fact, it will bring plenty of technology to a segment that’s usually filled with cars that are rather sparse. The Kona will be available with either a 7-inch or an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, Qi wireless charging, 4G Wi-Fi, and a full-color head-up display.
4. The Kona Prioritizes Safety Tech
Today cars are safer than ever and most consumers look for the safest vehicle on the market for their family. The Kona delivers on this front with plenty of advanced available safety features, including automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and driver attention warning. While safety ratings for this car have not yet been determined, it should score well.
5. It’s Offered With Two Engines
This is another spot where Hyundai could set itself apart. Many of the little crossover’s competitors offer only one engine option. The Kona, however, will be available with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque or a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that punches out 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.