The small crossover gets its name from a region in Hawaii.
Hyundai has announced its funky new B-segment crossover will go by the name of 'Kona' and will launch later this year. The first teaser of the sub-Tucson, Nissan Juke-rivalling model confirms both the car’s Hawaii-inspired moniker and the slim headlight cluster that's mildly reminiscent of the Citroen C4 Picasso and Jeep Cherokee.
Already we can tell the small crossover — previewed by the 2014 Intrado concept — will have a considerably different design than Hyundai’s current crop of high-riding vehicles. Once the model is revealed in full to show its 'progressive style', as Hyundai describes it, the Kona will probably look a lot like in our speculative render from last month.
Technical specifications have not been released, but supposedly the 2018 Kona will ride on a modified platform borrowed from the i20 supermini with the engines sourced from the new i30. There’s no word about the availability of an all-wheel-drive layout, although we won’t be too surprised if Hyundai will stick to a FWD-only setup as seen on most small crossovers.
Hyundai isn’t saying when it will take the wraps off the Kona, but it does mention additional news about it is going to be released in the near future. It’s unclear at this point whether the model will celebrate its premiere at the New York Auto Show later this month.
Kia is also working on its own version of the car and rumours are indicating it’s going to be called 'Stonic'. Also set to arrive later this year, the small crossover will have a more conventional exterior design with a regular headlight arrangement, judging by what the spy photos have been showing over the last few months.