With the arrival of the 2019 Hyundai Kona, the Korean company completes its SUV portfolio. It is also an announcement of greater participation in this market segment. The new, tiny SUV from Hyundai is named after the Kona area in Hawaii. This is a destination for numerous adrenaline addicts. So, the goal of the new Kona is obvious – to attract younger buyers. Hyundai claims that their desire was to transfer the spirit of the island to this model.
The appearance of 2019 Kona is certainly unusual. It offers an alternative to the traditional, German school of design. The front part is very interestingly arranged. We will see the light group in two parts. The crossover is 164 inches long, 61 inch high, and 70 inches wide. The wheelbase is 102 inches. To save in developing the SUV, it will take the same platform as its sibling Kia Stonic.
2019 Hyundai Kona Specs
The 2019 Hyundai Kona comes with a truly rich offer of gasoline and diesel engines. The base unit in most countries will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 149 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. With this unit, 2019 Kona will sprint to 60 mph in 10 seconds.
Next on the list is a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine that develops 177 hp with 200 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a seven-speed automatic double-clutch transmission, this unit accelerates to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. European buyers will also see a three-cylinder petrol engine with a 1.0-liter displacement. It delivers 120 horsepower. The US market won’t see a 1.6-liter diesel.
Kona EV Electric Vehicle
Soon after its release, the Kona crossover will get an EV version. Electrified model is coming in limited number. In cooperation with Kia, 2019 Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro will see around 35,000 units combined. So far we don’t have clear information. But, experts are pretty sure in the analysis that SUV will come with 50 kW engine that is good for 200 miles. Kona is going to be the second electric car in Hyundai family after Ioniq.
2019 Hyundai Kona Redesign
As we said, the front fascia is suffering big changes. The upper part will hold narrow daylights with integrated direction indicators. Below these are true LED lights. The 2019 Hyundai Kona took over the new cascading grille.
In the first place, Hyundai highlighted the ultimate in-car interconnectivity. The info-entertainment system features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay options. Both features are getting commands via a touch screen, 5-, 7- or 8-inch diagonal, depending on the package of equipment. Above the instrument panel, designers set up a new head-up display to broadcast information such as speed, navigation instructions, and lane departure alerts.
2019 Hyundai Kona Conclusion
The 2019 Hyundai Kona is visually completely different crossover from the older SUV siblings, Tucson and Santa Fe. This is a good choice since each model retains its own visual identity. With a futuristic design, Kona seeks to reserve young customers looking for a different look and advanced technology. One, perhaps the great advantage of the SUV is the availability of the four-wheel drive, which is a nowadays uncommon thing in the compact class.