The announcement of new SUV models seems to be part of daily business these days. For example, we had the facelift of the huge Peugeot 3008 and the new Jeep Wrangler as a plug-in hybrid. And the E-SUV Skoda Enyaq iV and the new Land Rover Evoque were also on the list of new products last week. And now it continues with a Hyundai SUV update.
The new Hyundai Kona is coming
South Korean car company Hyundai has announced a new generation of the Kona model. Also available for the first time in the N-Line line of equipment with mild hybrid technology. It represents a particularly sporty design. But that’s not all: the N-Line version of the Hyundai Tucson also has a particularly sporty chassis and steering. That should create a racing feel while driving.
Hyundai itself speaks of a “shark-like” front end on the new Kona. An impression that you can definitely share. Because the revised daytime running lights give a modern and progressive impression. This should be underlined by a molding and the new bumper. Objective: to give the compact SUV an overall rugged appearance. With the N-Line variant, the air intakes must also be lower. At the rear, a skirt with a diffuser in a contrasting color to the bodywork is used, as well as a twin-pipe exhaust and typical sharp-edged N fins to optimize aerodynamics.
More details on the new Kona
In general, on all new Kona models, the brand logo has been moved from the radiator grille to the front panel in front of the elongated hood. The narrower LED daytime running lights are designed to give the vehicle a more penetrating look. The honeycomb grille is now divided horizontally by a robust bumper. The Hyundai Kona Hybrid is available with 16-inch or 18-inch wheels in the familiar layout. The new Kona models with combustion engines have 17-inch and 18-inch tires with an updated design.
Inside, Hyundai uses two 10.25-inch screens as dominant elements. In addition to a digital instrument panel behind the wheel, a navigation touchscreen is used. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. Depending on the equipment, even wireless. A DAB + radio provides musical sounds on the go without disturbing noise.
Comprehensive on-board assistance systems
Additional features include an adaptive cruise control system with distance control and stop / start function. An Active Blind Spot Assist, which is available in conjunction with the dual-clutch transmission, makes lane change difficult through selective braking if the driver misses a vehicle approaching from behind. A starter alarm informs the driver when the vehicle in front of him starts. Traffic Jam Assist automatically keeps the Kona in the middle of the lane and, at the same time, at a pre-selected distance from the vehicle ahead. The system brakes and accelerates independently in intermittent traffic. An emergency braking assistant, which should also be able to recognize pedestrians and cyclists, is part of the standard equipment. Also, of course, the eCall functionality.
There is now an exit assistant available. When the rear doors are opened, it warns of vehicles approaching from behind. But not only that, it also locks the doors until the potential danger has passed the car. Only then can the doors be reopened. Traffic sign recognition uses not only navigation data, but also a camera that is installed behind the windshield. The driver can read the current speed limits in the cab and on the center console.
A look at the engines
The engine range starts with a 1.0-liter (88 kW / 120 PS) petrol engine, which is also optionally available with mild hybrid technology. A 1.6-liter (100 kW / 136 hp) diesel engine, with the 48-volt hybrid system as standard equipment, sits above it. A gasoline engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (146 kW / 198 hp) promises even more power. Like the diesel, it is optionally available with front or four wheel drive.
Hyundai also offers the revised Kona with a fully hybrid powertrain. This drivetrain combines a 1.6-liter GDI engine with an electric motor and has a total power of 104 kW / 141 hp, along with a front-wheel drive, six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 32 kW electric motor draws its energy from a 1.56 kWh lithium polymer battery.
The new Kona models will be available from the end of the year. The hybrid model will continue in early 2021. Pricing remains a secret. Hyundai won’t reveal details of a new Kona Elektro model until a later date.
The world premiere of the new Hyundai Tucson is imminent
We don’t have to wait long for the new version of the Hyundai Tucson. It’s already on the agenda for next week, specifically for September 15. The first images now presented reveal: The revised SUV in its fourth generation represents a parametric and sharp design line that includes a new light signature.
“Parametric Hidden Lights” is what Hyundai designers came up with for the new Tucson name. They should leave an unmistakable and lasting first impression. The distinctive daytime running lights are seamlessly integrated into the radiator grille, with a diamond-cut look. As long as the daytime running lights are off, the front end looks like one piece. Daytime running lights “hidden” are only recognized as such when the lights are on.
Not many more details are known about the new Tucson. But it is already clear that the new generation should be bigger and wider and reach customers with a longer wheelbase. The light alloy wheels also have a new design.
Inside, Hyundai claims to have a lump-free dash. This should ensure a feeling of spacious and uncluttered space. Its flat surface runs seamlessly towards the doors, according to a statement. The vertical center console, in turn, will be activated inside. It is inspired by a waterfall.