Hyundai’s new funky CUV was expected to go on sale in North America early next year, but now Wards Auto says the Kona could arrive at select U.S. Hyundai dealers earlier than expected.
Speaking with Mike O’Brien, vice president-product, digital and corporate planning for Hyundai Motor America, they were told that some Konda vehicles could appear on showroom floors before January 1. Perhaps this may come as no surprise to some because the Kona has been on sale since June in Korea and production for U.S. spec models will commence before the end of this year.
Once on sale, buyers can choose between two petrol powertrains: a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission or a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre unit coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The former is good for a punchy 175hp and 195 lb-ft of torque while the latter will deliver 147hp and 132 lb-ft.
Of course performance isn’t everything these days, thus the plethora of tech features and gadgets available to the Kona. Infotainment systems with a 5-, 7- or 8-inch display will include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, HD Radio, rear camera, and 4G telematics. There’s even a smartphone wireless charging option and a combiner Head-Up Display (HUD) offering.
We should see a full list of specs at its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.