New Hyundai Kona revealed

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Announced for weeks and already surprised on the road, the new Hyundai SUV finally unveils officially. It'll be "bigger than Santa Fe", according to Eui-sun.

There's no word yet on exactly when the auto will go on sale in the United Kingdom or how much it will cost, but we expect it to appear in Hyundai showrooms before the end of this year.

Intended as a rival for the big-selling Nissan Juke, as well as other small SUVs such as the Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka X, the Kona is expected to reach the United Kingdom in October. The urban SUV also sports a cascading grille, A bicoloured roof and protective elements on the wheel arches, rocker panels and, more surprisingly, around headlamps, turn signals and reversing lights. The Kona is largely inspired by the existing Hyundai models making it easier for their customers to get accustomed to the features within.

After a prolonged long teaser campaign, South Korean vehicle maker Hyundai has unveiled its first global B-segment SUV, Kona.

The specifics of the Kona's power systems are yet to be revealed.

The standard Kona comes as a front-wheel drive.

With the Kona, Hyundai will offer a range of small-displacement inline-4s, in both gas and diesel flavors. A hybrid version hasn't been ruled out, either, and Hyundai could borrow the 1.6-litre engine and electric motor from sister brand Kia's Niro.

On the inside, the Kona will come with a list of tech goddies. Whether these safety techs are standard on Kona are remains to be seen. Front-drive models get a simple torsion beam architecture, while all-wheel drive versions receive multilink array. Also, the driver available the system of emergency braking, monitoring blind spot system and the lane-keeping assist.

The Kona will compete with Nissan's Juke, Toyota Motor's C-HR and Renault's Captur. The boot capacity of 361 litres can be extended to 1143 by folding down the 60/40 split rear seats.

What should also appeal to younger buyers is the level of available features.

How much will the Hyundai Kona cost?

Here's our first look at Hyundai's entry into the compact SUV/crossover market - the Hyundai Kona. Hyundai is somewhat late to the subcompact SUV party, which has entries from nearly all major automakers, though Ford also will not have its EcoSport on sale in the USA until early next year.

But it may become another expensive deal from Hyundai if Kona remains more than 4,000 mm long, the length limit for lower tax slabs.

The automaker aims to sell over 200,000 Kona models in South Korea and overseas next year as it tries to revive flagging sales and catch up with rivals in the SUV segment.