The all-new KONA is here to set a new small SUV standard, with its futuristic design and spacious and versatile cabin packed with leading-edge technology, says Hyundai New Zealand.

New-Generation KONA 2.0 petrol, 1.6 turbo AWD, 1.6 Hybrid variants are set to launch later this year with the 100% Electric version following in 2024.

All-new KONA’s new body is also bigger, bringing expanded cabin and cargo space to build on the model’s practicality and versatility. KONA’s 2nd row passengers benefit from 77mm longer leg room and 11mm higher headroom when compared to the previous generation. Second-row shoulder room (1,402mm) is also among the largest in its class says Hyundai, providing the best habitability in ‘living space’ for rear passengers.

Creating a heightened ambience inside all-new KONA is a new ‘floating’ horizontal dashboard along with key features such as the 12.3-inch multimedia system and Shift by Wire drive selector.

All KONA models feature alloy wheels as standard, LED headlights and taillights, and dual-zone climate control. Higher grade variants come with the added appeal of a BOSE™ 8 speaker premium audio and power tailgate.

An extensive suite of SmartSense advanced active safety and driver assistance features come standard in KONA, including FCA powered two-wheeler detection (stationary and moving motorcycles) which is a segment first. Limited N Line variants add Parking Collision Avoidance Assist-Reverse (PCA-R), Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM) and Surround View Monitor (SVM). Hyundai’s front centre-side airbag is part of a standard seven-airbag suite.

All-new KONA Hybrid teams a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a battery electric system to deliver robust performance with exceptional 4.3L/100km WLTP3 combined cycle fuel economy.

With 104kW and 265Nm, KONA Hybrid has flexibility, performance and torque to make the most of the model’s 1,300kg braked towing capacity. The Hybrid powertrain joins upgraded SmartStream 2.0-litre and 1.6-litre turbo petrol engines, the latter paired with all-wheel drive and a new-to-KONA eight-speed automatic.

New-generation KONA takes a concerted stride in refinement thanks to an array of noise and vibration isolation measures, from the rigid body structure to absorption materials, a sound-insulating acoustic windscreen, and redesigned rear suspension mounting bushes.

Hyundai New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Andy Sinclair can’t wait for the launch of the new-generation KONA, “While introducing the all-new KONA lineup, we are excited to redefine the standard for small SUVs in New Zealand. The bigger, bolder design paired with advanced technology and spacious interiors sets a new benchmark for the segment.”

“The fusion of futuristic-inspired elements, seamless horizon lighting, and an array of modern features like the 12.3-inch multimedia system demonstrates our commitment to innovation and driving pleasure.”

“The KONA’s enhanced cabin space, generous legroom, and advanced safety features underline our dedication to passenger comfort and security. As we launch the 2.0 petrol, 1.6 turbo AWD, 1.6 Hybrid variants later this year, we’re confident that the all-new KONA will captivate our customers with its futuristic appeal and outstanding performance.”

New-generation KONA is due to arrive in dealerships in the 4th quarter of 2023 with a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) starting from $42,990 plus on road costs. 100% Electric variants will follow in 2024.

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Fred Alvrez
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