Hyundai Kona

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Hyundai Kona
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Overview
ManufacturerHyundai
Also calledHyundai Kauai (Portugal)[1]
Hyundai Encino (China)[2]
Production2017–present
Model years2018–present (North America)
Assembly
DesignerLuc Donckerwolke
Kevin Kang (interior)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV (B)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front engine, all-wheel-drive
PlatformHyundai-Kia New B-SUV[7][8]
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Electric motorFront-engine rear-battery Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (electric)
Transmission
Battery64 kWh / 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (electric)
1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (hybrid)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length4,165–4,215 mm (164.0–165.9 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,565–1,575 mm (61.6–62.0 in)
Curb weight1,233–1,556 kg (2,718–3,430 lb)
1,535–1,743 kg (3,384–3,843 lb) (electric)

The Hyundai Kona is a five-door subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment) produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai.[10] The Kona debuted in June 2017 and the production version was revealed later that year. The electric version called the Kona Electric (or Kona EV) was first launched in South Korea on the first half of 2018 and rolled out gradually worldwide afterwards.[11]

Naming[edit]

The Kona is named after the western district of the island of Hawai'i.[12] The company claims the name "reflects the lifestyle of modern customers", in line with its "progressive design" that it adopts.[13] The Kona naming also continues Hyundai’s tradition of naming crossover SUV models after famous travel destinations, including the Creta, Santa Fe, Tucson and Veracruz.[14]

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.[15][1] Like Kona, Kauai is a place in Hawaii. It is 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 Spain—the word cona has the same taboo connotation.

In China, the car is sold as the Hyundai Encino.[2][16]

Overview[edit]

The Kona was revealed in June 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.[17] Positioned below the Tucson, it was the smallest crossover SUV in the Hyundai global line-up, a position taken by the Venue in 2019.[18] The Kona is built on a newly developed B-segment SUV platform derived from the Hyundai i30 platform,[19] which is designed to accommodate a range of powertrains, including fuel cell and electric variants.[20] While it is developed as an urban-oriented crossover SUV, the Kona is available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants. Each are equipped with unique rear suspensions, which is a torsion beam setup for the former and a dual-arm multi-link configuration for the latter.[21]

For the North American market, the Kona was launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2017 and would be available at Hyundai dealers in the first quarter of 2018 for the 2018 model year.[22] Engine options offered are 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine capable of 147 hp (149 PS; 110 kW) and 132 lb⋅ft (179 N⋅m; 18.2 kg⋅m), paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Higher trims are powered with a 1.6-liter Gamma turbo engine paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission producing 175 hp (177 PS; 130 kW) and 195 lb⋅ft (264 N⋅m; 27.0 kg⋅m).[23]

Generally, the Kona is not intended to be sold or only sold in low volumes in markets where the cheaper and larger Creta is offered, which include Latin America, India, and Russia.

Kona Electric[edit]

The Kona Electric is a battery electric version of the Kona. It is the second electric car from Hyundai after the Ioniq. Sales started in Korea and Europe in 2018, with a market debut in the United States in 2019.[24][25][11]

Kona Electric is available in two battery versions: 39.2 kWh and 64 kWh.[26] The 'ultimate' trim features adaptive cruise control and along with lane centering[27][28] means this vehicle meets the SAE standard for Level 2 driverless.[29] The Kona EV has a range of 415 km (258 mi).[30][31] Real-world range tests conducted by What Car in early 2019 found that the Kona EV has the highest real-world range among electric cars for sale in the United Kingdom.[32]

On 26 March 2019, Hyundai launched an Kona Electric in Thailand. On 9 July 2019, Hyundai launched an Electric Lite version as Kona Electric in India. In 2020, Hyundai started producing the Kona Electric to its European factory in the Czech Republic. That factory is planning for an annual production of 30,000 vehicles.[4] The Kona Electric reached 100,000 global sales milestone in June 2020.[33]

Hyundai Encino EV was launched on the Chinese car market in November 2019. The electric motor of the Encino EV has an output of 201 hp (204 PS; 150 kW) and 310 N⋅m (31.6 kg⋅m; 229 lb⋅ft). The motor is powered by a 64.2 kWh battery with a NEDC range of 500 km (310 mi).[34]

Facelift[edit]

In September 2020, Hyundai unveiled a facelift version of Kona, for both the original SUV as well as its N Line.[35][36] The facelift primarily had exterior aesthetic changes, which Hyundai adding its new fludic design philosophy to both the Kona as well as Kona N. The new facelift also featured extra cargo capacity and rear seat legroom.

Powertrain[edit]

From launch, the Kona became available with a 1.0-litre, turbocharged direct injection petrol engine producing 118 hp (120 PS; 88 kW), or a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine producing 175 hp (177 PS; 130 kW), with all-wheel-drive option available on selected models.[37]

Specs[38][39]
Model Year Transmission Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
(Official)
Top speed
Petrol
1.0 L Kappa T-GDi 2017–2020 6-speed manual 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 17.5 kg⋅m (172 N⋅m; 127 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500–4,000 rpm 12.0s 181 km/h (112 mph)
1.0 L Smartstream G1.0 T-GDi 2020–present 6-speed manual 11.5s
11.9s (Mild hybrid)
181 km/h (112 mph)
180 km/h (110 mph) (Mild hybrid)
7-speed DCT 20.4 kg⋅m (200 N⋅m; 148 lbf⋅ft) @ 2,000–3,500 rpm 11.0s 182 km/h (113 mph)
1.6 L Gamma T-GDi 2017–2020 7-speed DCT 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) @ 5,500 rpm 27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500–4,500 rpm
  • 7.7s (FWD)
  • 7.9s (AWD)
  • 209 km/h (130 mph) (FWD)
  • 205 km/h (127 mph) (AWD)
1.6 L Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi 2020–present 196 PS (144 kW; 193 hp) @ 6,000 rpm 27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,800–4,500 rpm
  • 7.7s (FWD)
  • 8.1s (AWD)
210 km/h (130 mph)
2.0 L Nu MPi 2017–present 6-speed automatic 149 PS (110 kW; 147 hp) @ 6,200 rpm 18.4 kg⋅m (180 N⋅m; 133 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm
  • 9.2s (FWD)
  • 200 km/h (120 mph) (FWD)
Hybrid
1.6 L Kappa GDi Hybrid 2019–2020 6-speed DCT 141 PS (104 kW; 139 hp) @ 5,700 rpm
  • 11.2s (SE)
  • 11.6s (Premium)
185 km/h (115 mph)
1.6 L Smartstream G1.6 GDi Hybrid 2020–present
  • 11.0s (SE)
  • 11.3s (Premium)
161 km/h (100 mph)
Diesel
1.6 L U II CRDi 2017–2020 6-speed manual
7-speed DCT
115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @ 4,000 rpm
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4,000 rpm
28.6 kg⋅m (280 N⋅m; 207 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500-2,750 rpm
32.6 kg⋅m (320 N⋅m; 236 lbf⋅ft) @ 2,000-2,250 rpm
  • 10.7s (115 PS)
  • 10.2s (136 PS)
183 km/h (114 mph) (115 PS)
192 km/h (119 mph) (136 PS)
1.6 L Smartstream D1.6 CRDi 2020–present 6-speed manual
7-speed DCT
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4,000 rpm 28.6 kg⋅m (280 N⋅m; 207 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500-3,000 rpm
32.6 kg⋅m (320 N⋅m; 236 lbf⋅ft) @ 2,000-2,250 rpm
  • 10.3s (manual)
  • 9.9s (FWD DCT)
  • 10.5s (AWD DCT)
190 km/h (120 mph) (manual/FWD DCT)
185 km/h (115 mph) (AWD DCT)
EV
Electric Lite / Electric SE 2018–present 1-speed reduction gear 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 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)
  • 7.6s
  • 167 km/h (104 mph)

Special editions[edit]

Kona Iron Man Special Edition

In 2019, Hyundai released a special Iron Man edition Kona (co-branded with Marvel)[40] to promote Avengers: Endgame. The limited edition Kona was finished in matte gray with red accents and features blue daytime running lights, Stark Industries graphics, an Iron Man-themed instrument cluster, arc reactor imagery, and Tony Stark's signature on the dashboard.[40][41] In the UK, 300 of the version were planned to be available.[41][needs update]

Safety[edit]

The Hyundai Kona body is made from 51% advanced high strength steel with 'hot stamping' and adhesives for added rigidity.[42] 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.[43]

Euro NCAP test results
Hyundai Kona w/ standard equipment (2017)[44]
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%

Awards[edit]

At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, 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.[45]

Sales[edit]

Global sales[edit]

Calendar year Kona[46] Kona Electric[46] Total[46]
2017 60,906 60,906
2018 239,452 22,787 262,239
2019 270,169 48,451 318,620

Regional sales[edit]

Calendar year South Korea[46] Europe[47] United States[48] Canada[49] Australia China[50]
2017 23,227 6,884
2018 50,468 65,469 47,090 14,497 6,593
2019 42,649 105,030 73,326 25,817 13,342[51] 4,196
2020 31,902 76,253 12,514[52]

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