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2018 Hyundai Kona: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - January 16, 2018

Model Preview

The Hyundai Kona will be a new subcompact crossover utility vehicle smaller than the current Tucson. It will compete in an increasingly popular segment of vehicles like the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and Toyota C-HR.

In terms of design, the Kona looks nothing like it stablemates. The model emphasizes unique styling with flared fenders and body cladding. The grille, reminiscent of the refreshed Sonata, is flanked by a set of narrow LED daytime running lights in a way that may draw comparisons with the Jeep Cherokee.

The Kona promises to offer best-in-class interior space and a platform that emphasizes driving dynamics. We don't have official numbers yet for cabin space, but Hyundai will have to offer an impressive alternative to competitors like the Honda HR-V which offer a versatile layout with fold-up rear seats.

Hyundai Kona

Inside, the Kona comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen audio system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buyers can also opt for a larger 8-inch system with navigation. Overall, button layout appears straightforward, with key controls like air conditioning and heating in easy reach.

Under the hood, the Kona will be offered with a choice of either a 2.0-liter engine paired with a 6-speed automatic, or a 1.6-liter turbo with a 7-speed dual-clutch. The 2.0 produces 147 hp with 132 lb-ft of torque, while the 1.6 turbo makes 175 hp with 195 lb-ft. The Tucson has the same rating with the turbo, but produces an additional 17 hp with the same 2.0 engine.

Fuel economy has officially been rated by the EPA at 30 mpg overall for both the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter engines, although the 2.0 comes in 1 mpg lower in city driving but 1 mpg better on the highway. Reports indicate an all-electric Kona may be in store sometime in the not-so-distant future.

In terms of safety, the Kona will offer the latest driver assistance tech like available forward collision warning automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and more. One interesting feature will be a head-up display that projects an image of key system information such as speed and navigation instructions onto a glass panel behind the instrument cluster.

Pricing & Release Date

The Hyundai Kona will go on sale in early 2018.

Official pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the larger Tucson starts at $23,595 with destination and ranges as high as $32,070. The Honda HR-V, which will be one of the Kona's direct competitors, starts at $20,405 in base form with a manual transmission, or $21,205 with an automatic.

We'll update this page with the latest info as it becomes available.

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Pictured: 2018 Kona

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