Hyundai is the latest automaker to enter the growing subcompact SUV segment, a niche that now features several new models with interesting features. In order to stand out, manufacturers have to propose something different while making sure their urban utility vehicles are spacious, versatile, safe, and fuel-efficient. It seems that Hyundai has all the bases covered with its brand new 2018 Hyundai Kona. The Korean automaker even decided to offer an all-electric version, a first for this segment.
Better yet, we are not talking about an electric vehicle with 120 or 150 kilometers of range here. In fact, Hyundai seems to want to directly target the Chevrolet Bolt by promising 400 kilometers of range, making the Kona one of the most affordable long-range models on the market, and the only SUV to claim that title. At present, only the Bolt and some much more expensive Tesla models are able to offer that much freedom from an all-electric engine.
So the Kona will be the first model in its segment to offer an EV version. That is the first point of interest that allows the new Kona to stand out. Here are two others.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona will share its SUPERSTRUCTURE with the new Elantra
The new Kona will be built on the same basis as the Hyundai Elantra, the Superstructure platform that is composed of 53% high strength steel. As a result, the structure is more rigid and therefore offers a sharper road behavior, and is more resistant to vibrations and impacts, which improves the comfort and safety of the occupants.
Two engines are planned for the new 2018 Hyundai Kona
In addition to its electric motor, the 2018 Hyundai Kona will be offered with a choice of two four-cylinder gasoline engines. The first 2.0-liter comes from the Hyundai Elantra and offers 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. The second, a 1.6-liter turbo engine, is also offered in the high-end versions of the Hyundai Tucson and develops 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
That said, the big surprise is the announcement that the new Kona will also eventually feature an all-electric version with more than 400 kilometers of range (!). The Kona EV will arrive on the market sometime after the gas-powered models show up, and although there hasn’t been a lot of info unveiled about the vehicle, we should be learning more shortly.
The price of the 2018 Hyundai Kona is not yet known, but we know it will arrive on the market at the beginning of next year.
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