Meet the 2018 Hyundai Kona

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Hyundai unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of stylish SUVs, the Kona compact CUV.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 18, 2017

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    2018 Hyundai Kona Exterior

    The Kona is a B segment CUV with a long wheel base, short overhangs, and protective hard-plastic cladding surrounding the lower body create a sense of toughness. The Hyundai Kona incorporates the brand-new cascading grille with an internal mesh pattern is highlighted by modern LED lighting and thin daytime running lights (DRLs).

    The roof is floating with a two-tone color scheme.

    Out back, the slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamp are placed in a separate configuration that begins at the C-pillar garnish.

    The CUVs ground clearance and an elevated seating position ensure better visibility for drivers and increases comfort on long journeys.

    2018 Hyundai Kona Interior

    Moving inside, the Kona is said to have the largest passenger and cargo volume in the segment although no specs for these attributes were released. The volume statement arises thanks to an optimized underfloor layout, including the 4WD drivetrain and exhaust system, a new intercooler layout and setting for the transmission to minimize intrusion into the cabin space to reduce central tunnel intrusion. The rear suspension component layout is optimized for a lower floor and seating position to deliver class-leading levels of headroom and ease of access for rear occupants.

    Designers also optimized interior space with flat folding split rear seats with a two-level loading floor that allows easy access for a bicycle or golf club storage.

    The global 5”, 7”, and 8” central displays incorporates Hyundai’s latest advanced infotainment. We may see the 7” on the base trims and 8” with the NAVI equipped Kona’s just as we see in the Elantra, Tucson, and Sonata.

    The mechanical air vents and functional button arrangement reflect the functionality of the exterior. The Display Audio and HVAC controls are surrounded by soft touch plastics.

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    2018 Hyundai Kona Drivetrain(s)

    The new Kona is offered with the Elantra’s 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque Atkinsonized 2.0L I4 mated to a 6-speed AT allows a 0 to 60 time of 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph.

    It can also be equipped with the Elantra Sport’s 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque 1.6T-GDI mated to the same 7-speed DCT offering a 0 to 60 time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.

    I suspect we will receive these two engines while Europe will also receive both a 3-cylinder 1.0-T GDI and 1.6L TD I4.

    Like most Hyundai’s, there are three different driving modes (Sports, Normal and Eco) changing gear-shift patterns.

    2018 Hyundai Kona Chassis

    Underpinning the Kona is a 51.8 percent Advanced High Strength Steel chassis with McPherson struts up front. The optional AWD drive system includes a multi-link rear end whereas the FWD variant receives a much less expensive Torsion beam system. That was not an inexpensive design decision.

    Like the Elantra, the Kona uses almost 375 linear ft. of structural adhesives providing additional torsional rigidity and reducing weight.

    2018 Hyundai Kona Safety

    On the safety front the Kona can be equipped with a Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system using the car’s front-facing camera and radar to detect imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. The Kona can also be equipped with Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA); and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

    The car’s radar system(s) also assists with the Blind-Spot Warning (BSW) to detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during high speed driving. I am not sure how the forward-looking radar detects potential Blind Spot intrusion so I suspect the (s) includes two radar modules under both sideview mirrors.

    Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is also available.

    2018 Hyundai Kona Infotainment

    The Kona includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. HD Radio, rear view camera, 4G Wi-Fi connectivity, and Qi wireless smartphone charging. I am a huge evangelist for this tech and if you are looking, do not skip it no matter what car, truck, or CUV/SUV you are considering.

    An optional Heads-Up Display (HUD) will also be available.

    2018 Hyundai Kona Basic Dimensions (in)
    • Overall length: 164”
    • Overall width: 70.9”
    • Overall height: 61.0”
    • Wheelbase: 102.3”
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    The Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai CUVs. It will go on sale in Korea later this month, followed by North America and Europe soon after.
     
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  2. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I really like the Kona. I love the form factor and the styling and the gas turbo with DCT. The wheels are especially sharp looking. The 4wd is a deal-killer for me, but there are many that want it. This will be a huge seller for Hyundai.
     
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HI Jay:

    The Ioniq drivetrain seems destined given the Niro but ... There is talk of a long range electric in a few years too.

    Wayne
     
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    To date, I am still only hearing about the 1.0L GDI and 1.6L Turbo Diesel for overseas and 1.6L I4 mated to the 7-speed DCT here.


    Wayne
     
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    If they can certify the 1.6 Turbo Diesel , PLEASE offer it in a CAR ! I understand that many folks want a mini-schoolbus.
    I'm not one of them. The Elantra hatchback would be my preference.
     
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    With Hyundai's 1.4L and 1.6L Kappa gasoline engines in the 16-18 Elantra ECO and 17 Ioniq, Honda's latest 2.0L gas engine in the upcoming 18 Accord Hybrid, and Toyota's 1.8L and 2.5L gas engines in the 16-18 Prius and 18 Camry pushing out 40 percent, I think we are destined never to see a great 40 to 45 percent efficient Turbo Diesel in a small sedan or hatch ever again. :( I am not saying that is a bad thing given the TDs NOx and particulate emissions pkg. cost was always paid for by us the consumer. I always enjoy driving a torque turbo diesel over a gas engine but the efficiency is so close now that the the 25 to 30 percent increase in efficiency for an additional $2 to $3k is a thing of the past.

    Wayne
     
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    In less than a week, Hyundai will be unveiling the 2018 Kona compact CUV to the U.S. at this years LA Auto Show Press Preview.

    Hyundai's Press Conference will also be Live Streamed here:


    Wayne
     
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  8. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Nice... was hoping to hear about the electric powertrains, but sadly it was not to be.
     
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  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bill:

    Just the standard Elantra and Elantra Sport/GT drivetrains. Not that this is a bad thing but it was nothing earthshaking by any means either. From both the specs and looking at it in person, it looks like a lifted all-new 2018 Accent with a hatch form factor. Inside however, the floating central display is very Elantra GT like. Meaning it one of the most modern interiors in the Hyundai lineup albeit toned down to meet the segments cost requirements. It is not going to win awards but it is better than many competitors sub-compact CUV interiors.

    Wayne
     
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  10. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Have they, by chance, mentioned anything about the Santa Cruz pickup? I don't particularly like or need trucks, but that thing's stuck in my head for some reason.
     
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  11. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    That goes on sale in 2020 from what I've read.
     
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  12. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Cool! The Ranger needs a real replacement...
     
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  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi JCP:

    I spoke with a Hyundai PR guy about the Santa Cruz this past summer. The TD is still scheduled but I do not know the scheduled rollout.

    Wayne
     
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  14. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Buried in the "What's New" section on the 2019 Kia Sorento press release, you see the following: "For MY19, the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 will no longer be offered as part of Sorento’s powertrain strategy. However, a new diesel engine with the latest emission controls is currently under development and more information is forthcoming."
    The compression-igntion cat is out the bag. :) The diesel appears to be headed for the Sorento, too. That means it'd also bolt right into the Santa Fe Sport. The fact that this information hit the press wire over in KiaVille in the last couple of weeks is the strongest hint yet that a diesel Santa Cruz is possible and quite possibly planned.
    Of course, GM's rotary engine was possible and all but a done deal until they pulled the plug on it months before production started. The GM rotary cars - the Monza/Sunbird/Starfire/Skyhawk and AMC's Pacer (with rotary to be sourced by GM) eventually hit showrooms with four and six cylinder piston engines crammed into engine bays sized for a dorm-fridge-sized rotary. Maintenance nightmare extraordinaire.

    The plans for this upcoming engine could all crash & burn before they start rolling down the line at Ulsan and West Point GA, but it's fun to track the progress of this possible Hyundai oil burner. Don't think for a minute that Hyundai isn't watching the diesel Equinox/Terrain and Land Rover/Jaguar sales figures very carefully to gage public acceptance before writing the final check on US certification.
     
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  15. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Don't forget the V8 Monza, which required lifting the engine to change spark plugs. The "engine bay" more specifically was originally sized for a Vega I4, since those cars were based on the Vega.
     
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  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hyundai has released pricing details for its new 2018 Kona SUV scheduled to reach dealership showrooms in March 2018.

    2018 HYUNDAI KONA Retail PRICING

    SE 2.0L I4 w/ 6-Speed AT FWD/AWD $19,500/$20,800

    SEL 2.0L I4 w/ 6-Speed AT FWD/AWD $21,150/$22,450
    SEL w/ Contrast Roof 2.0L I4 w/ 6-Speed AT FWD/AWD $21,300/$22,600

    Limited 1.6L Turbo I4 w/ 7-Speed DCT FWD/AWD $24,700/$26,000

    Ultimate 1.6L Turbo I4 w/ 7-Speed DCT FWD/AWD $24,700/$26,000

    Wayne
     
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  17. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Add roughly $1k for D&H and carpeted mats. Interesting pricing strategy. They're darn close to pricing for the Elantra sedan and in the case of the 1.6t trim levels - the Elantra Sport.
    With crossover-fever raging for some time now, it's encouraging to see Hyundai price the "crossover" at a price that's rather close to the "sedan" they used as to create it.
    Encouraging because it doesn't take much to create a "crossover" anymore. Increase the tire diameter two inches to raise the ride height an inch, stretch the roof out two feet in the rear and glue on a rear door, add in $100 worth of bits to send some power to the rear wheels after the front wheels have reached 75,000rpm while spinning in snow. You end up with something that people will drive through the showroom window to get hold of.
     
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  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) awarded the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD its “Subcompact Utility Vehicle” Award during the 218 Mudfest competition last week in Shelton, Washington.
    More than 25 NWAPA automotive journalists were on hand at the event in Ridge Motorsports Park.

    2018 Hyundai Kona

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    Starting at $19,500, the 2018 Hyundai Kona includes a 7” LCD touchscreen with rearview camera and Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, LED DRLs, and 16” alloy wheels all standard from the base SE trim on up.

    The Kona’s standard 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L provides owners with a 27/33 and 25/30 mpg city/highway rating in FWD and AWD configurations. These low ratings are the only shortcoming I can find on the Kona vs. many of its direct competitors. The new Kicks’ much lower price from top to bottom trims (2018 Nissan Kicks Pricing Released) is also a strong data point to consider. Having finally seen one in a customer’s hands here in Southern California, it appears larger than the segment offerings and the front Flying H badge is big!

    The available advanced safety features available include Lane-Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Parking Distance Warning and auto braking Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

    Wayne
     
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