What’s up with the 2018 Hyundai Kona?

The question about the 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover came up on the weekly Ask Nathan (Adlen) column posted on TFLcar.com.

This first question comes from a fan who wants to know about the upcoming Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover.

Q:Hi Nathan, I saw your Ask Nathan post from last week. You didn’t say much about the Hyundai Kona!

What is this car? Can you give me some general details on it?

I loved your coverage of the Hyundai Ioniq, but I especially like it when you and Roman do videos together.

Anyway, thanks for all of your hard work!


A: Hi Makeda!

Information on the new Hyundai Kona is just beginning to hit the net. The 2018 Hyundai Kona will compete in the rapidly growing sub-compact crossover segment. It will compete with the Jeep Renegade, Ford EcoSport, Fiat 500X, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke (among others). I expect to see a base price well under $20,000.

According to Hyundai, the base model 2018 Hyundai Kona will have a 147 horsepower 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine that makes 132 las-feet of torque – connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The one to look for is the turbocharged GDI that makes 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Sadly, there’s no mention of a manual transmission for our market.

The Europeans will get a tiny 1-liter turbo or a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel along with an optional manual transmission.

Hyundai will build an electric version that may come to the United States. It has a (rumored) range of over 240 miles.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona goes on sale later this month in Korea with international sale beginning soon after.

We WILL be driving one of these soon.

Stay tuned!