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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Kona EV Promises Better Range than Chevy Bolt and base Tesla Model 3

Unveiled in June 2017 as the company first subcompact crossover, the Hyundai Kona will get an all-electric drivetrain later this month. The news comes straight from the Korean automaker, which revealed that that the mini SUV based on the i30 platform will be unveiled on February 2018, ahead of a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Kona Electric joins the already available Ioniq Electric and the hydrogen-powered Nexo in the company’s all-electric lineup. The big news is that it will have a range of almost 300 miles on a single charge.

The Company’s First Electric SUV


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“The Kona is smaller than the Kia Niro, so they won't compete against each other”

Combining two of the fastest growing trends in the automotive industry, SUV body styles, and electrification, the Kona doesn’t share underpinnings with a similar vehicle from Kia. This is a rare feat, as the two brands offer a large number of sister models. The Kia Niro, for instance, is closely related to the Ioniq, despite the fact that the two compete in different segments. The Kona is also smaller than the Kia Niro, so they won’t compete against each other.

Already available with an internal combustion engine, the Kona is a sporty, modern-looking crossover aimed at younger crowds. Although the Kona Electric has yet to be unveiled, the teaser suggests that it will be almost identical. I can spot a different mesh for the front grille, but other than that and the badges, it should boast the same exterior design.

Hyundai says that the all-electric SUV will come with a “wide range of convenience and connectivity features as well as active safety and driving assistance technologies,” but it’s safe to say that it will get the same features as the standard model.

Better than the Chevy Bolt?


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“An EPA range is difficult to estimate at this point, but it should be rated at more than 240 miles”

Hyundai didn’t have much to say about the Kona Electric’s drivetrain, but it did mention that the crossover will get two powertrain options. The range-topping model will have “one of the most powerful electric motors on the market” and a “class leading range of almost 470 km.” This converts to 292 miles on the new European World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). If this figure turns out to be accurate, the Kona will surpass the Opel Ampera-e by a full 90 km (60 miles). Impressive!

An EPA range is difficult to estimate at this point, but it should be rated at more than 240 miles. This means that Hyundai’s EV will return a tad more miles than the U.S.-spec Chevrolet Bolt, which is rated by the EPA at 238 miles. It will also sit atop the base version of the Tesla Model 3, rated at 220 miles.

When Can You Buy It?

Hyundai says that the Kona Electric will become available in the summer of 2018. There’s no word on pricing yet, but we should find out more at the official unveiling. So stay tuned for updates.

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PostHeaderIcon The Hyundai Kona Gets a Warm Welcome with U.S. Debut in Los Angeles

The 2017 L.A. Auto Show has seen an impressive number of debuts, from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to the new Jeep Wrangler. But perhaps one of the most consumer-focused vehicles is the new 2018 Hyundai Kona. This B-segment crossover offers room for five, nearly 20 cubic feet of cargo room, an available AWD system, two powertrain options, tons of in-dash tech and active safety equipment, and a funky design aimed at taming the urban jungles of Everytown, U.S.A.

The Kona isn’t the only compact crossover debuting at the 2017 L.A. Auto show, though. The Nissan Kicks is new and will be a major competitor for the Kona. Other rivals include the Jeep Renegade, Toyota CH-R, Honda HR-V, and Ford EcoSport. The Hyundai seems up to the challenge; it boasts a fun interior combined with an available 175-horsepower turbo-four backed by a dual-clutch automatic all riding on a new platform designed for responsiveness. Competitors with CVTs and less horsepower should be worried.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Hyundai Kona.

Designed for fun, just like its namesake


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“Aside from a well-schemed name, the 2018 Kona really seems like a fun-oriented crossover”

The Kona name comes from the west-coast region of the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s hard to dream of a more exciting and thrill-seeker-friendly location than that. Hyundai obviously wants the Kona spirit to rub off on the crossover.

Aside from a well-schemed name, the 2018 Kona really seems like a fun-oriented crossover. Not that the competition is focused on being dull or boring. I mean, just look at them…

The Kona’s body features black plastic “armor” designed for protecting it from city life. It’s not as outlandish as the Citroën Cactus with its padded exterior door panels, but it’s close. A tall stance also decreased the chances of scraping on parking stops or steep driveways. SUV-like classing along the rocker panels and fenders adds to the rugged look.

Floating rooflines are all the rage these days, and the 2018 Kona has just enough split on its D-pillar to join the club. The roof slopes in the rear, too, but without cutting into rear-seat headroom. Wheel choices are sized in 16-, 17-, and 18-inches, depending on the trim level. Speaking of which, the Kona will come in several trim levels, with the Limited and Ultimate being the two highest.


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“The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque with no forced induction and running the fuel-saving Atkinson combustion cycle”

As for power, two engines are available. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque with no forced induction and running the fuel-saving Atkinson combustion cycle. A six-speed automatic sends power to the front wheels. Optionally, the Kona get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder making a respectable 175 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque. Torque is actually this engine’s specialty, with peak twist happening at only 1,500 rpm and staying on till 4,500 rpm. Horsepower then peaks at 5,500 rpm. Hyundai pairs the 1.6-liter with its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, just like in the lovable Hyundai Elantra Sport. AWD is available and actually comes with an independent rear suspension in place of the torsion beam found on FWD models.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the Hyundai Kona is expected to start around $20,000 when it hits showrooms in the first quarter of 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Two Hyundai Models Get Green Light For N Treatment

The introduction of the Hyundai i30 N spells the start of the Korean automaker’s venture into the world of performance vehicles. Now that the hot hatch is in the fold, the process of building up the whole division begins, and two Hyundai models have been green-lit to help fill up the ranks: the Tucson and the Kona. The real development here is the inclusion of the Kona N since we’ve already heard from no less than N performance division boss Albert Biermann about the fate of the Tucson N.

Now, Hyundai Australia Senior Manager of Product Planning Andrew Tuitahi confirmed to Motoring that the Kona N is a “go” as well. The bad news is that both models aren’t expected to arrive anytime soon since Hyundai’s priority for the N division seems to focus on building its foundation with performance hatchbacks, coupes, and sedans. Crossovers and SUVs will come later, and the expectation is that these models will be integral parts of the whole N experience. Once the division itself is up-and-running, the attention will inevitably turn on bringing both the Tucson N and the Kona N to life. How long that’s going to take is anybody’s guess at this point, but Tuatahi may have put it best when he referred to time timetable as a “slow burn.” The good news is that the status of both the Tucson N and the Kona N is a matter of “when” and not “if.” We’ll just have to wait for word on “when” is when going to be.

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Is this an exciting development


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“The key here is to understand what it is that Hyundai wants to showcase when it does decide to build a Tucson N and a Kona N”

I suppose it depends on who you’re going to ask. If you ask me, I’m fully onboard with seeing a Tucson N and a Kona N come to life. For one, it’s not out of the ordinary for crossovers and SUVs to get performance versions. Mercedes, BMW, and Audi have all done it and have had remarkable success because of it.

The key here is to understand what it is that Hyundai wants to showcase when it does decide to build a Tucson N and a Kona N. Does it want both models to compete against the established Europeans or does it want to introduce both models slowly before ratcheting up their performance levels in the coming years? Then there are questions on whether Hyundai can differentiate both performance models enough that they don’t step on each other’s toes. There’s a certain way to do it that the likes of Mercedes and BMW have been successful with, so it’s not like Hyundai is venturing into unchartered territory here.


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“Then there’s the issue of giving the N division an identity of its own that’s separate from Hyundai.”

Then there’s the issue of giving the N division an identity of its own that’s separate from Hyundai. The i30 N was successful in that regard, but it would be foolish of Hyundai to think that the N division already has its own unique identity after just one model. Something like this is going to take some time to nurture, which is exactly what Hyundai Australia chief J.W. Lee talked about in his discussion with the Motoring. “We are hoping the N branding will bring something new to our models,” Lee said. “We want to change customer perception, but we can’t do this overnight. Whenever we do research, customer perception is always that we have affordable or cheaper cars. Good cars, but budget cars. I hope the N badge is going to create a halo effect for our brand.”

On that end, it’s easy to see why Hyundai decided to confirm N versions of the Tucson and Kona. Now, all it has to do is make sure that when the time comes, and both models are revealed, they imbibe more of the N division’s premium and performance identities more than they do Hyundai’s.

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The crossover craze continues unabated, which means any automaker worth its salt is getting in on the action with all varieties of the reasonably priced, high-riding utility vehicle body style. The compact crossover segment in particular would appear to be rather lucrative, and as such, Hyundai just released a new competitor dubbed the Kona. Recently revealed in the metal in Seoul, the Kona fits between the Santa Fe and Tucson in the automaker’s lineup. Featuring sharp exterior styling, an upscale interior treatment, a wide variety of technology for infotainment and safety, plus an efficient drivetrain lineup, the Kona looks like it might have all the right stuff for a successful worldwide bid.

“With the Kona, we have created a stylish and highly functional compact SUV, perfectly suited to the needs of customers who pursue challenging, action-filled lifestyles,” says Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class leading safety features.” Cut out the press releasisms, and what’s clear is the brand has high hopes for the Kona. Not only is Hyundai seeking to be the number one Asian automaker in Europe in less than five years, but this latest addition should also add a nice bump to its presence stateside as well. But this segment is rife with competition – does the Kona have what it takes to hang?

Updated 06/15/2017: Hyundai has officially revealed the Kona compact crossover! Check out our updated review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Kona.


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