Hyundai Kauai (Kona) ‘tiny’ SUV – Coming in 2018

New Konda 2018

Hyundai i30 based Kona SUV has made its debut in South Korea. The car should come to most markets, including India and UK, next year. In UK, it has been confirmed that the car will be called Kauai, named after an Island in the Hawaiian archipelago. In India and USA, the car is likely to retain the Kona brand name.

Here are more details of the SUV:

Hyundai Kona – In the News

Hyundai showcases Kona ‘Iron Man’ Edition: Hyundai has showcased a ‘not-for-production’ Iron man edition Kona at the Motorstudio in Goyang, South Korea. The car comes shod in matte grey paint with contrasting red elements, which gives it a very distint identity. There is special LED lights and ‘Arc reactor’ type headlamps to show its association with the Marvel Superhero.

Here are some pictures:

Iron Man Kona Hyundai

Unveiled in South Korea: The Hyundai Kona has been unveiled in South Korea. Bookings for the car has begun on 14th of June 2017

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Hyundai Kauai (Kona) 2018 Exterior

The Kauai (Kona) will adopt Hyundai’s latest design language, similar to the new i30 and the upcoming 2018 Elite i20. We were a bit skeptical about its design pre-launch, but have since taken a liking to its quirkiness. However, Hyundai could have avoided the extra cladding.

The Kauai’s front fascia is a butcher version of the new i30 and gets two-tier LED headlamps, larger, differently shaped ‘cascading’ grille and small foglamps. Rear takes inspiration from the Creta (ix25) and the i30.

Like its front, the taillights also follow a two element set-up. The reverse turn indicators and lights are placed just above the bumper, on a compartment extending from the wheel arch cladding.

Hyundai i30 Wagon UK

Hyundai Kauai 2018 Interior

Hyundai kona features

Interior gets an all-black colour scheme with contrasting stitching. There are lots of tech inside as well, including a floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and 4D telematic. There’s console based wireless charging and a head-up display as well.

Apart from the regular bells and whistles, the new Kona gets features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, lane-keeping assist system and a driver-attention warning system. Further accentuating safety is Radar-based blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Hyundai Kona  2018 USA

In North America, the Hyundai Kona is likely to get two engine options- 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol and 2.0-litre MPi petro. Expect the car to reach dealerships in December.

Hyundai Kauai 2018 engine, transmission UK

Engine options will be similar to the i30 as well, and they include a 1.0, 1.4 and 1.6 (diesel) litre options.

Engine Power
1.0 T-GDi 88.3 PS @ 6,000
1.4 T-GDi 103.0 PS @ 6,000
1.6 CRDi 80.9 PS @ 4,000


Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic.

Hyundai Kauai 2018 price, competition and release in UK

The Kauai is expected to cost between £16,000 and £23,000 when it arrives in the UK early next year. It will compete with cars like the Mazda CX-3 and Renault Captur.

Base price £16,000
Top variant price £23,000
Release date 2018

2018 Hyundai Kauai

Hyundai Kona 2018 Engine, Transmission and mileage- Indian model

Though it has not been confirmed, the Kona should come with Hyundai Elite i20’s existing engine options. These include:

Engine Power Torque
1.2 Litre Petrol 82 BHP 115 Nm
1.4 Litre Petrol 99 BHP 132 Nm
1.4 Litre Diesel 89 BHP 220 Nm


Transmission options include 5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic and a 6-speed Manual (diesel).


1.2 Petrol 17 KMPL
1.4 Petrol 15 KMPL
1.4 Diesel 22 KMPL

Hyundai Kona 2018 price and launch in India

Competing with the Maruti’s very popular Vitara Brezza and the Ford Ecosport, the Hyundai Kona is expected to be priced starting from Rs. 6 lakhs here.

Launch date Q2, 2018
Minimum Price Rs 6 Lakh
Maximum Price Rs 10 Lakh

2018 Hyundai Kona

Rival: Honda WRV

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