Hyundai unveils all-new Kona to spur line-up
Hyundai is taking the global market by surprise with a new B-segment sport utility vehicle (SUV), which if properly positioned may become a toast for customers in Nigeria, particularly because of its strong, impactful design and uncompromising individuality.
The vehicles, which has been unveiled to spur the company’s line-up of stylish SUVs, are designed to appeal to modern customers with active lifestyles, the company said on Tuesday.
The Kona joins in a growing line-up of Hyundai SUVs that feature progressive design with high interior refinement and spaciousness.Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company, Euisun Chung, said the car, which joins Tucson, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport would create high functionality compact SUV and set market standard..
“With the Kona, we have created a stylish and highly functional compact SUV perfectly suited to the needs of customers, who pursue challenging, action-filled lifestyles. We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading safety features,” Chung said.
The new Kona is offered with a combination of advanced gasoline and diesel engines of various power outputs – dependent on the market. These include a 2.0-litre MPI Atkinson-cycle engine producing 149PS, the Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine boasting 177PS, and a highly efficient 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 120PS.
Expected to go on sale in Korea later this month, Hyundai said it would build just 200,000 Konas every year for the global market at its Ulsan plant in Korea.Its low and wide stance, long wheelbase and short overhangs ensure sporty, nimble handling, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at high speed.
The Kona offers uncompromised individuality and innovative features, with a bold, daring image that hints at the future design direction of Hyundai Motor’s next generation of SUV models, the firm said.
It added that the lightweight body frame has been developed with 51.8 per cent Advanced High Strength Steel to deliver class-leading levels of passive safety.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 minimise damage by braking autonomously.At the world premiere of the all-new Kona, Hyundai Motor unveiled a special edition that shares the name of Marvel’s heroic and powerful character – Iron Man.
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