2018 Hyundai Kona

Razor-thin LED headlights give the Kona an aggressive stare.

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Kona on the street

Engine options include a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that runs on the Atkinson cycle and a 1.6-liter turbo with 175 hp.

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Kona 3/4

The Kona's all-wheel-drive system also comes with a more sophisticated rear suspension.

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Kona from the back

The narrow LED tailights add to the Kona's overall look as well.

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Kona in the wild

Hyundai claims the Kona is for those with "active lifestyles," which apparently means driving in the jungle. 

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Kona cobblestones

Three driving modes, Sports, Normal and Eco, will adjust the throttle, transmission shift points and torque mapping, to maximize acceleration or fuel economy. 

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Kona in the jungle

Zero to 62 mph with the turbo engine happens in a claimed 7.7 seconds, presumably on tarmac.

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LED eyes

Available advanced driver-assist systems include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning and more.

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Kona curves

Up front are McPherson struts. In the back is either a torsion beam setup (for front-wheel-drive models) or a dual-arm multi-link system for all-wheel-drive Konas.

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Kona on the prowl

Miles per gallon estimates have yet to be announced.

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Kona launch event

The world unveiling of the Kona, June 13, 2017 in Seoul. 

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Kona and Chung

Hyundai Vice Chairman Chung shows off the Kona.

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Ironman

A special one-off "Ironman" Kona, complete with Marvel badges. The fog lights look like an arc reactor.

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Just Tony?

No mention of a Hulk or Thor edition.

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In white

  At the Kona premiere, Konas in several different colors were on display.

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In blue

Several were part of lifestyle displays.

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Atkinson

The 2.0-liter normally aspirated four-cylinder. 

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147 2.0

It develops 147 horsepower.

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LEDs

The headlights are exceptionally thin.

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Augment

They're joined by additional illumination from this cluster below.

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Orange

Pictures don't quite do this color justice; it's a bold orange that really works on this car.

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Side view

The black coverings above the wheels are the "armor."

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Shark fin

Hyundai's "shark fin" design for the c-pillar.

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Door

Body-color door handles.

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Backseat

The colored seatbelts are a nice touch.

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Silver/gray

Though more sedate in color, this Kona has the more powerful engine.

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175 1.6

The 1.6-liter turbo puts out 175 hp.

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7.7

Zero to 62 in 7.7 seconds.

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Tail

Thin taillights match the thin headlights.

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Trunk

18 cubic feet of trunk space.

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Brakes

Disc brakes all around, not surprisingly.

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Cockpit

Surprisingly roomy for a small car.

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Lots of gadgets

It has all the normal bells and whistles, but also a few that you might not expect, like wireless phone charging.

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Buttons

Lots of control without moving your hands.

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Dials and screen

The 4-inch LCD offers lots of info.

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HUD

The head up display shows speed, satnav directions, and more.

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Infotainment

7- or 8-inch screens.

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AC and DC

These are the heating/air conditioning controls and USB power port.

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6 or 7

The base engine is mated to a six-speed auto. The turbo gets a seven-speed dual-clutch.

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Wipers

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Turn here

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Drive safe

Forward collision-avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, driver-attention warning system, and so on.

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Audio by...

Sadly, high-end audio company Krell only does the audio outside of the US market.

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Hyundai

The company is 50 years old this year.

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Taillights (upper)

Great design for something simple like taillights.

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Taillights (lower)

The lower rear lights.

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Evil eye

Reminds me of some kind of mean animal. 

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Logos

If you get the 4WD version, there's a little badge below this that says "4WD."

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2018 Kona

Check out the full details in our 2018 Hyundai Kona preview.

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2018 Hyundai Kona on the road

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Carving some curves

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LED lights

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Interior

Note the colored trim pieces. 

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Center console

Big infotainment at top, USB and 12v plugs at the bottom.

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Interior 2

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Red from above

The roof is available in black or gray, depending on what color you chose for the rest of the car.

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Kona at sunset

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Taillights and fender

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Parked

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Kona and the ocean road

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