The all-new Hyundai KONA

Posted by clifford chow
18 Jan 2018
The all-new Hyundai KONA

Singapore. Komoco Motor Pte Ltd, main distributor of Hyundai automotive, has unveiled the Hyundai KONA, its latest addition to its expanding line-up of stylish Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). The all-new Hyundai KONA is currently available with two variants a 1.6T-GDi engine and a 1.0 T-GDi engine, and will be retailing at S$128,999 (inclusive of COE) and S$86,999 (inclusive of COE) respectively. 

Turbocharged petrol powertrains deliver exceptional power and performance

The Gamma 1.6T-GDi engine boasts 174PS, a 0-100km/h time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 205km/h. The Gamma 1.6T-GDi engine delivers maximum torque of 265NM (27kgf · m) from 1,500 to 4,500rpm and is mated to Hyundai’s efficient and responsive seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT). The 1.6T-GDi turbo-charged powerplant is equipped with a four-wheel-drive (4WD) as standard. An all-new SUV platform has been developed for the Hyundai KONA 1.6T-GDi where the powertrain layout is optimized to create a compact platform capable of incorporating the car’s 4WD system while maintaining interior space.

Alternatively, the downsized 1.0 T-GDi engine is a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission. This 1.0 T-GDi turbo-charged powerplant is optimized for efficiency and produces 120PS, a 0-100km/h time of 12 seconds, top speed of 181km/h and maximum torque of 172NM (17.5kgf · m) from 1,500 to 4000 rpm.

The all-new Hyundai KONA blends exceptional fuel efficiency with a fun urban driving experience, delivering power and performance levels that are not often found in vehicles in its segment. The available small-displacement turbo-charged petrol engines deliver a dynamic driving experience for nimble and easy motoring.

The newly-developed SUV’s chassis is engineered to be rigid, topped with a lightweight body for dynamic driving performance and a comfortable ride. The platform is optimized to permit SUV levels of ground clearance.

To integrate the optional four-wheel drive system, Hyundai Motor engineers created a new intercooler layout and setting for the transmission to minimize intrusion into the cabin space. The rear layout of the platform is also optimized to save space. The suspension, fuel and exhaust components carefully package to maximize rear occupant room.

The front suspension features a McPherson strut system, receiving a new sub-frame bush mounting and best-in-class tire trace to enhance comfort and reduce NVH. The system incorporates SUV geometry for refined body movement on rough roads or harsh off-road terrain.

At the front, the rear suspension system of the 4WD configuration features a dual-arm multilink suspension system to refine overall driving dynamics on all surface types. This delivers a comfortable ride and sporty handling.

Strong and protective body for passenger safety: 51.8% Advanced High-Strength Steel

Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel to produce its vehicles globally, providing great benefits for the Hyundai KONA. The lightweight body frame has been developed with 51.8% Advanced High Strength Steel to deliver class-leading levels of passive safety.

Hot stamping methods produce lightweight, super-strong structural elements to maximize the cabin’s central safety zone. This proves that small cars can deliver exceptional passenger protection. The length of structural adhesives used in production extends to 114.5 meters, providing additional torsional rigidity and further reducing weight – which also benefits fuel efficiency.

The platform also features an innovative multi-load path structure – an advanced energy dispersion technology that boosts impact tolerance by dispersing crash energy across multiple structures to protect passengers in the event of an accident.

Class-leading driver assistance through active safety systems

Hyundai Motor sets out to care for its customers in all of its activities. The new model showcases Hyundai Motor’s capabilities and commitment to enhancing the safety of drivers, passengers and fellow road-users.

Class-leading active safety features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera and radar to detect imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three further systems also utilize the frontview camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA); and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

By sensing road markings, Lane Keep Assist helps to prevent accidental lane departure by steering the car automatically if required. High Beam Assist automatically controls the high beams depending on surroundings, while the Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to detect driver fatigue or careless driving.

The car’s radar systems also assist with the Blind-Spot Dectection Warning (BSD) to detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during high speed driving. The Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) detects when another vehicle may have entered the car’s reversing path.

Advanced infotainment and connectivity technology

The Hyundai KONA boasts a suite of sophisticated technologies, paired with user-friendly functionality to ensure driver and passengers can stay informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with a 8-inch display as standard. Information projected to enhance safety and usability include speed, navigation instructions, Lane Departure Warning messages, and audio information. Deployed vertically by a simple touch of a button beside the steering wheel, the combiner disappears into the dashboard when not in use.

In a first for the segment, the Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi-T engine features smartphone wireless charging as standard. Customers can simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless charging interface, located in the center console storage, to easily recharge without the need for cables. The system also indicates when the phone has fully charged, reminds occupants to remove their phone when exiting the vehicle, and detects when a foreign object is in the recharging area that could interfere with charging.

Enhanced driving dynamics for urban driving fun

The Hyundai KONA was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for city driving. The wide, long wheelbase and short overhangs create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in busy urban environments and enhanced stability when driving at speed. The Hyundai KONA 1.6 GDi-T engine has three differentiated driving modes (Sports, Normal and Eco) optimize the torque distribution and gear-shift settings to make the compact SUV suitable for all driving style requirements. In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis on acceleration with early downshift on braking, while Eco mode optimizes fuel economy over performance with longer gear ratios.

Uncompromised individuality and purposeful character

With a strong, impactful design, uncompromised individuality and innovative features, the Hyundai KONA is designed to appeal to modern urban individuals with active lifestyles. Its bold, daring image hints at the future design direction of Hyundai Motor’s next generation of SUV models and creates a unique proposition in the urban lifestyle SUV segment. It comes with a voluminous, aggressive body styling and uncompromised individuality to complement the growing line-up of Hyundai Motors SUVs family of Tucson and Santa Fe.

The all-new Hyundai KONA stands out from the crowd with high contrast design elements and striking style of the exterior combining the composite lamps, Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and unique armor design gives Hyundai a competitive edge from its urban lifestyle SUV segment rivals and appeals to the Millennial demographics. The wide and spacious interior, advanced infotainment features and elevated seating position further highlight the exclusive style of the new Hyundai KONA. Its masculine protective, ‘armor’, combines powerfully with the futuristic LED lighting to create a high-tech look. Despite its unique appearance, the Hyundai KONA doesn’t sacrifice sophistication and is highly capable – a combination designed to appeal to the Millennial demographic.

The Hyundai KONA’s name 

Hyundai Motor continues the approach established by Tucson and Santa Fe of naming crossover and SUV models after acclaimed travel destinations. Hyundai KONA is named after the coastal region on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA. The Kona region is famous among thrill-seeking travelers and the island’s energetic image is reflected in the innovative, practical and highly functional design of Hyundai Motor’s new lifestyle-focused SUV. 

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