The Hyundai Kona is a five-door subcompact crossover SUV produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. The Kona debuted in 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.

Hyundai Kona
2018 Hyundai Kona (OS MY18) Active 2WD wagon (2018-10-12) 01.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerHyundai
Also calledHyundai Kauai (Portugal)[1]
Hyundai Encino (China)[2]
Production2017–present
Model years2018–present
Assembly
DesignerLuc Donckerwolke
Kevin Kang (interior)
Body and chassis
Class
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
front engine, four 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 automatic
  • 6-speed DCT (Kona Hybrid)
  • 7-speed DCT
  • 1-speed reduction gear (Kona Electric)
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)
4,180 mm (164.6 in) (Electric)
4,195 mm (165.2 in) (China)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,565 mm (61.6 in)
1,555 mm (61.2 in) (Electric)
1,575 mm (62.0 in) (China)
Curb weight1,233–1,350 kg (2,718–2,976 lb) (1.0T)
1,290–1,478 kg (2,844–3,258 lb) (2.0)
1,401–1,517 kg (3,089–3,344 lb) (1.6T)
1,535–1,743 kg (3,384–3,843 lb) (Electric)

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.[5] The Kona EV has a range of 415 km (258 mi).[6][7] 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.[8]

NamingEdit

The Kona is named after the western district of the island of Hawai'i.[9]

Alternative namesEdit

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.[10][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][11]

PowertrainEdit

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.[12]

Specs [13][14]
Model Year Transmission Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
(Official)
Top speed
1.0L Kappa T-GDi 2018–present 6-speed manual 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 6000 rpm 17.5 kg⋅m (172 N⋅m; 127 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500–4000 rpm 12.0s 181 km/h (112 mph)
2.0L Nu MPi 6-speed automatic 149 PS (110 kW; 147 hp) @ 6200 rpm 18.4 kg⋅m (180 N⋅m; 133 lbf⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm
  • 9.2s (FWD)
1.6L Gamma T-GDi 7-speed dual clutch automatic 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) @ 5500 rpm 27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500–4500 rpm
  • 7.7s (FWD)
  • 7.9s (AWD)
  • 209 km/h (130 mph) (FWD)
  • 205 km/h (127 mph) (AWD)
1.6L Kappa Hybrid 2020–present 6-speed dual clutch automatic 141 PS (104 kW; 139 hp) @ 5700 rpm 27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 4000 rpm
  • 11.2s (SE) (DCT)
  • 11.6s (Premium) (DCT)
  • 185 km/h (115 mph)
1.6L U2 CRDi 2018–present 6-speed manual
7-speed dual clutch automatic
115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @ 4000 rpm
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4000 rpm
28.6 kg⋅m (280 N⋅m; 207 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500-2750 rpm
32.6 kg⋅m (320 N⋅m; 236 lbf⋅ft) @ 2000-2250 rpm
  • 10.7s (115 PS)
  • 10.2s (136 PS)
183 km/h (114 mph) (115 PS)
192 km/h (119 mph) (136 PS)
Electric Lite / Electric SE 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)

Kona ElectricEdit

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 and Thailand in 2019.[15][16][17] It is available in two battery versions: 39.2 kWh and 64 kWh.[18] On 9 July 2019, Hyundai launched Electric Lite version as Kona Electric in India. The 'ultimate' trim features adaptive cruise control[19] and along with lane centering[20][21] means this vehicle meets the SAE standard for Level 2 driverless.

Special editionsEdit

Kona Iron Man Special Edition

In 2019, Hyundai released a special Iron Man edition Kona (co-branded with Marvel)[22] 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, arc reactor imagery, and Tony Stark's signature on the dashboard.[22][23] In the UK, 300 of the version were planned to be available.[23]

SafetyEdit

The Hyundai Kona body is made from 51% advanced high strength steel with 'hot stamping' and adhesives for added rigidity.[24] 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.[25]

Euro NCAP test results
Hyundai Kona w/ standard equipment (2017)[26]
Test Points %
Overall:      
Adult occupant: 33.4 87%
Child occupant: 41.8 85%
Pedestrian: 26.4 62%
Safety assist: 7.2 60%

SalesEdit

Calendar year Europe[27] United States[28] Australia
2017 6,884
2018 65,469 47,090
2019 105,030 73,326 13,342[29]

ReferencesEdit

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