Hyundai is working on the all-new crossover, and this isn’t a secret at all. However, the baby SUV that’s going to be named the 2018 Hyundai Kona is scheduled to be introduced sometime in summer, and yet we managed to catch a production-ready prototype without any camouflage at all. If you are wondering how this happened, and how it’s possible to see the totally new model without any camo, we must say that it was pretty simple, because the carmaker was shooting the official video in Lisbon, Portugal.
Anyway, as you see, the 2018 Kona crossover looks really gorgeous. The Korean car manufacturer planned to make the worthy rival of the Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke, Renault Capture, and Ford EcoSport, and we have to say that they made it. The front-end features quite interesting styling that incorporates two pairs of headlights and a familiar grille, which appears to be borrowed from the i30. The crossover comes in two tones as the roof sports a different color from the rest of the body, and the fenders sport a plastic cladding. There is also an additional pair of turning lights at side mirrors, as well as an interesting five-spoke wheel design. Around back, the small SUV looks pretty interesting too, perhaps better than any other Hyundai at the moment.
Hyundai’s baby crossover will most likely offer a range of small engines. As we announced earlier, the base model will use a 1.0 T-GDI, but you will be able to get a 1.4 T-GDI as well. It’s highly possible to see the 2018 Hyundai Kona diesel, which is going to be paired with an efficient 1.6 CRDi. However, the most potent version will be Accent’s 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 132 horsepower.
The manufacturer didn’t say whether the 2018 Kona will be available in the Unites States, yet we are pretty sure it’s going to an important part of Hyundai’s North American troupe. After all, Ford brought the EcoSport home, which is a reason more that the subcompact segment is becoming very interesting to the US drivers.