Hyundai’s first B-segment SUV will be called the Kona.
Named after the coastal region in Hawaii, Hyundai
says Kona 'is a renowned destination for thrill-seeking travelers and reflects the adventurous spirit' of its upcoming model. Set to launch in the summer of 2017, the Hyundai Kona will be a compact crossover and has been developed with a focus on enhancing driving dynamics. The Korean automaker hopes to set new performance standards in the segment, with the Kona promising to deliver best-in-class interior space and innovative design features that hint at the future direction of the brand’s next generation of SUV models.
Kona is believed to be based on the i30, putting it in a similar class as the Mazda CX-3
and Honda HR-V. Although Hyundai has only released the above teaser image, the Kona’s headlights look quite different than any other existing Hyundai model, hinting that it will usher in a new design language for the brand.
Spy photographers have already caught the Hyundai Kona testing on public roads, but not much is known about the model. Expect front-wheel drive to be standard, however, although optional all-wheel drive should be available.