Hyundai Kona

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Hyundai Kona
2018 Hyundai Kona (OS MY18) Active 2WD wagon (2018-10-12) 01.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Also calledHyundai Kauai (Portugal)[1]
Hyundai Encino (China)[2]
Production2017–present
Assembly
DesignerLuc Donckerwolke
Kevin Kang (Interior)
Body and chassis
Class
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Electric motorFront-engine rear-battery Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (136PS: Electric Lite / 204PS: Electric)
32 kW (43 bhp) (Kona Hybrid)
Transmission
  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed auto
  • 6-Speed DCT (Kona Hybrid)
  • 7-speed DCT
  • 1-Speed Reduction Gear
Battery64 kWh / 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (Kona Electric)
1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (Kona Hybrid)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length4,165 mm (164.0 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,565 mm (61.6 in)
Curb weight1,233–1,350 kg (2,718–2,976 lb) (1.0T)
1,290–1,383 kg (2,844–3,049 lb) (2.0)
1,401–1,507 kg (3,089–3,322 lb) (1.6T)

The Hyundai Kona is a five door subcompact crossover SUV produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. The Kona debuted June 2017 and the production version was revealed later that year. The Kona Electric or Kona EV was first launched in South Korea on the first half of 2018, and rolled out gradually worldwide afterwards.

Both the electric and non-electric versions were announced as the winners of the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, the first for a subcompact crossover SUV in its award history.[4] The Kona has a range of 470 kilometres (290 mi).[5] Real-world range tests conducted by What Car in the beginning of 2019, found that the Kona has the highest real-world range among five commercially available electric cars.[6]

Naming[edit]

The Kona is named after the western district of the island of Hawai'i.[7]

Alternative names[edit]

The car is sold in Portugal as the Hyundai Kauai, as Kona is too similar to cona, the taboo slang word for the female genitalia in Portuguese.[8][1] Like Kona, Kauai is a place in Hawaii. It's also Hawaiian for 'Lady'.

In Spain, however, the car keeps its original name, although in galician -language intimately related to Portuguese spoken in the northwestern end of the country-, the word cona has the same embarrasing meaning.

In China, the car is sold as the Hyundai Encino.[2][9]

Engines[edit]

From launch, the Kona became available with a 1.0 litre, turbocharged direct injection petrol engine producing 120 hp, or a 1.6 litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine producing 177 hp, with all wheel drive option available on selected models.[10]

Model Year Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
(Official)
Top speed
1.0L Kappa Turbo 2018–present 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 6000 rpm 17.5 kg⋅m (172 N⋅m; 127 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500–4000 rpm
  • 12.0s (Manual)
2.0L Nu MPi 2018–present 149 PS (110 kW; 147 hp) @ 6200 rpm 18.4 kg⋅m (180 N⋅m; 133 lbf⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm
1.6L U2 Turbo Diesel 2018–present 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4000 rpm 30.6 kg⋅m (300 N⋅m; 221 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750–2500 rpm
1.6L Gamma Turbo 2018–present 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) @ 5500 rpm 27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500–4500 rpm
  • 7.9s (DCT)
  • 205 km/h (127 mph) (DCT)
1.6L Kappa Hybrid 2020–present 141 PS (104 kW; 139 hp) @ 5700 rpm 27 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm
  • 11.6s (DCT)
  • 185 km/h (115 mph) (DCT)
Electric Lite / Electric SE 2018–present 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 40.15 kg⋅m (394 N⋅m; 290 lbf⋅ft)
  • 9.7s
  • 155 km/h (96 mph)
Electric / Electric SEL 2018–present 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) 40.15 kg⋅m (394 N⋅m; 290 lbf⋅ft)
  • 7.6s
  • 167 km/h (104 mph)

Kona Electric[edit]

Hyundai Kona Electric (EV) is the battery electric version of the Kona. The sales started in Korea and Europe in 2018, with a market debut in the United States in 2019.[11][12][13] It is available in two battery versions: 39.2 kWh and 64 kWh.[14] On 9 July 2019, Hyundai launched Electric Lite version as Kona Electric in India. The 'ultimate' trim features adaptive cruise control[15] and along with lane centering[16][17] means this vehicle meets the SAE standard for Level 2 driverless.

Special editions[edit]

Kona Iron Man Special Edition

In 2019, Hyundai released a special Iron Man edition Kona to promote Avengers: Endgame. The limited edition Kona is finished in matte gray with red accents and features blue daytime running lights, Stark Industries graphics, an Iron Man-themed instrument cluster, and Tony Stark's signature on the dashboard.[18][19]

Safety[edit]

The Hyundai Kona body is made from 51% advanced high strength steel with 'hot stamping' and adhesives for added rigidity.[20] Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, lane keeping assist and a driver attention monitor. Other features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic alert.[21]

Euro NCAP test results
Hyundai Kona w/ standard equipment (2017)[22]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 33.4 87%
Child occupant: 41.8 85%
Pedestrian: 26.4 62%
Safety assist: 7.2 60%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Karkafiris, Mike (23 May 2017). "Grab It By The Kona: Why Hyundai Might Want To Change Their New SUV's Name". Carscoops. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Hyundai unveils 'Encino' subcompact SUV in China auto show". Yonhap. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  3. ^ Sarne, Vernon B. (23 July 2019). "Kia PH is bringing in the segment-busting Seltos subcompact SUV". Visor. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Winners of the 2019 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Announced: Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona/Kona EV, and Ram 1500". North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  5. ^ "A car of no compromise: All-New Hyundai Kona Electric". Hyundai Media Newsroom. Hyundai Motor Europe. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  6. ^ "What Car? Real Range: which electric car can go farthest in the real world?". What Car?. 20 April 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  7. ^ "2018 Hyundai Kona Unveiled; Smaller Than Creta -". Motoring Junction. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Hyundai KAUAI". Hyundai (in Portuguese). Hyundai Portugal. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  9. ^ 2017广州车展:北京现代ENCINO正式亮相 [2017 Guangzhou Auto Shot: Beijing Hyundai's Encino revealed]. Phoenix Television (in Chinese). 17 November 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 北京现代旗下全新小型SUV车型——ENCINO(海外版车型为KONA)正式亮相。 [Beijing Hyundai's new compact SUV -- Encino (overseas version named Kona) is officially unveiled]
  10. ^ "New Kona – Hyundai's first sub-compact SUV". www.hyundai.co.uk. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Electric cars and crossovers: Here's what we expect in the next 5 years". Autoweek. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Kona Electric SUV From Hyundai May Have 210 Mile Range [Hot!] - CleanTechnica". cleantechnica.com. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Hyundai Kona EV with 240 mile electric range will debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show - Cars UK". carsuk.net. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Hyundai Kona Electric gets official EPA range of 258 miles and efficiency of 120 MPGe". Electrek. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  15. ^ "KONA Electric - Sign Up for Email Updates | Hyundai USA". m.hyundaiusa.com. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Hyundai Kona Electric is 292-mile range, 7.6 sec 0-62mph time – World News, Breaking News". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  17. ^ "I just drove 110 miles on LFA (Lane Follow Assist) and Smart Cruise control in the Hyundai Kona EV and I'm impressed (a Tesla owner reviews the Kona)". Will Fealey. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Kona Iron Man Edition". Hyundai Motor Company. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  19. ^ Allan, Lawrence (21 January 2019). "Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition to arrive in UK in March". Autocar. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  20. ^ "All-New Hyundai Kona | Prices, Launch Date & Specs". www.endeavourautomotive.co.uk. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  21. ^ "New Hyundai Kona revealed". What Car?. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Hyundai Kona (with Standard Equipment)". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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