South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is developing a new entry-level SUV to rival Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and soon-to-launch Tata Nexon. The new compact SUV is expected to hit the Indian market in 2018. Now, a report has emerged revealing that Hyundai will name the model 'Kona'.
According to a report by MotorOctane, ‘Kona' is the name of a district on the Big Island Hawaii. As we reported, the new compact SUV has been codenamed QXi. When it is launched, the Kona will join the other three SUVs of Hyundai in India, that are, Creta, Tucson and Santa Fe.
At the Auto Expo 2016, Hyundai showcased HND-14 Carlino concept and the Kona will be based on the same concept. The production version of the compact SUV will borrow styling cues of the new i30 hatchback and the Tucson SUV.
The Kona will also get a monocoque shell and will share some equipment with the premium hatchback i20 and Creta SUV. So we can expect Hyundai to price this new entry-level SUV under Rs 12 lakh.
When it comes to engine, the Kona will borrow the motor from i20. The manufacturer will also offer the new model with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that delivers 118bhp of power.
Transmission choices include a standard six-speed manual transmission and an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). AMT option is assured because Hyundai India has already announced that it will introduce AMT by 2018.
The Hyundai Kona will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and the upcoming Tata Nexon. Tata will launch the Nexon before the arrival of Kona to the Indian market.