Hyundai’s perky new Kona crossover


Hyundai’s perky new Kona crossover

With a bold front and rear design, confident and unique, the all-new Hyundai Kona has arrived in South Africa/

The Kona is set to fill an important slot as an eye-catching crossover model in Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s local line-up.

Hyundai’s new crossover model is launched in the local market with derivatives sporting a high specification level and a choice between two engines. It includes a perky 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol power source that is bound to make it a strong performer in the brand’s local sales figures.

“The Kona is an important milestone in Hyundai Motor’s journey,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive SA. “The quality of the exterior and interior design and the fit and trim level in the cabin bears testimony of the status that Hyundai has achieved as one of the top automotive brands in the world.

“We are launching the Kona with a 2-litre naturally aspirated engine and the punchy new 1-litre, 3-cylinder turbo engine that is frugal, yet powerful enough to make a drive in the Kona an exciting experience. The whole package is exciting and modern and represents our brand with pride.”

The Kona 1.0 T-GDI Executive (manual) enters the local market at a launch price of R379 900, while its sibling, the Kona 2.0 NU Executive (automatic), comes with a price ticket of R399 900.

Both models are front-wheel driven. The 1-litre turbo-engine delivers its power via a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the 2-litre naturally aspirated version uses a six-speed automatic gearbox with the option of manual shift.

A striking design feature of the Kona is its unique twin headlight design with LED Daytime Running Lights that creates an unmistakable front signature, with the signature expressive and powerful cascading grille and composite headlamps.

The all-new Kona is cool, confident and expressive – a completely new character in Hyundai’s line-up.

“The basic thinking was to give the all-new Kona slim, modern and high-tech daytime running lamps,” said Daniel Kim, a senior designer at Hyundai America’s Design & Engineering Centre in Irvine, California, who was in charge of exterior design during the development of the Kona. “This was a priority as it is one of the main things people notice all the time, whether it’s during the day or at night, which makes it appealing and visible. We took this opportunity to create something unique by having a main projection lamp integrated with fender cladding. Overall, this gives it a protective, but tough and modern aspect.”

The pricing of the Kona 1.0 T-GDI Executive Manual is R379 900 and Kona 2.0 NU Executive Automatic is R399 900.

It includes a 7 years/200 000 km manufacturers’ warranty (comprising the 5 years/150 000 km warranty with a 2 years/50 000 km drivetrain warranty); a 5 year/90 000 km service plan; and 5 years/150 000 km roadside assistance.



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