Although it does look a little like a new Jeep Cherokee version, it is actually not. This here is the first teaser image from the Hyundai’s new B-segment crossover named “Kona” which is supposed to fit just beneath the Tuscon in the company’s lineup. It is going on sale sometime later this year, and right now this image shows us its very slim headlights, which by the way, also remind us of those on the Citroën C4 Picasso. Its name was inspired by a region in Hawaii, and boy, it looks as awesome!
This subcompact crossover derives its design from the Intrado concept, we saw it back in 2014, and at this early stage, it shows us that it will have a very different appearance than anything so far that is in Hyundai’s current high-riding vehicle lineup. As I already wrote above, the 2018 Hyundai Kona will be revealed sometime later this year, and it will boast with what people in Hyundai describe as “progressive style.”
The technical side of things has not been revealed yet, but everybody presumes that the Kona will ride on the modified platform borrowed from the i20 supermini with engine lineup “taken” from the new i30, which actually isn’t that bad. As far as the power distribution considers there is no info about the availability of the all-wheel drive setup, but what is certain is that the company will stick to their’s FWD setup as standard like in most of their subcompact crossovers.
2018 Hyundai Kona Release Date
Hyundai is very secretive about Kona’s release date, but they have announced that additional info regarding the vehicle will be released very soon, and possibly then we can have a bigger insight into its engine lineup, power and final and official look. We were hoping that all of this will be revealed at the New York Auto Show later this month, but since the teaser image, introduced by the automaker, hides 99% of the car we presume that NY is out of the question. The more likely option would be the that some later Auto Show will have a pleasure of hosting this beautiful crossover.