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Unofficially Revealed: Hyundai Kona SUV

Unofficially Revealed: Hyundai Kona SUV

We’ve already seen official teaser shots of Hyundai’s upcoming trendy compact SUV, but Dutch magazine AutoWeek has caught the real-deal Kona completely naked. As expected, the Kona is sporting a pretty aggressive design theme to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul.

In the previous teasers we noted that the Kona’s front clip appears to have some Jeep Cherokee influence in it. While the front isn’t exposed in this new shot, the side profile also has some Jeep in it. Like the new Jeep Compass, the Kona is sporting a black roof that also extends down to the D-pillar, a trend we’re seeing across the industry in SUV design.

The trendy design theme is likely resting atop the same platform that underpins the i20. Details on the production car are still very scarce, but the Kona is expected to leverage the same powertrains as the new i30, which features a 1.0-liter three-cylinder, 1.4-liter four-cylinder and 1.6-liter diesel.

Hyundai is expected to reveal the Kona later this year. Its timing for the U.S. market is not yet finalized.


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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Andrew_L
    Needs more black cladding
    Looks like its based off the Kia KX3.
    Looks like a horrid little ****box.

    It will fit in perfectly in the compact crossover/minivan class.
    I didn't like the front end which to me looks like they were trying to copy the Jeep Cherokee with its odd headlight marker light set up. Other than that I'd say it will be OK I guess.
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