Exclusive: New 2018 Hyundai Kona Captured Completely Undisguised

While Hyundai keeps teasing the official reveal of the upcoming Kona, the world has already caught a glimpse in early May, and this exclusive scoop gives our best look yet at the upcoming Korean sub-compact SUV.

The new Hyundai Kona was caught in Madrid’s city center in an early Sunday morning, during what looks like filming a press kit video or TV spot.

The shooting involved a group of Mercedes V-Class models being behind and blocking the traffic in order to let this light blue example and the camera car some clean space.

Hyundai wanted something special from the design of the new Kona and that shows from the very first moment you lay your eyes on it.

The bold front end is dominated by the twin-headlamp setup -with separate DRLs mounted over the LED headlights- the new ‘Cascading Grille’ and lots of plastic cladding. The rear end mixes design cues from the bigger Tucson with the same bold style, including a second set of lighting units that house the turning and fog lights as well as the reverse light.

Overall it looks different and fresh, but whether the audience will respond to Hyundai’s new image remains to be seen.

Underneath its funky bodywork, the new Hyundai Kona is reportedly using a mix of i20 and i30 parts, with the company revealing that they will offer an all-wheel drive version as an option. Engine options will most certainly include the turbocharged 1.0 and 1.4-litre units that are already on offer in the i20 and i30 models, along with a selection of diesel units.

On a previous scoop, we had to chance to also take a look inside the upcoming Kona, revealing that the dashboard will follow the design and ergonomics of the company’s latest models, with a touchscreen display mounted over the air vents.

Hyundai is planning to reveal the new Kona in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more on the new rival of the Renault Captur, the Nissan Juke and the also upcoming VW T-Roc.



  • Matthijs

    Looks pretty good but some details bug me too much; light clusters in the rear bumper), fog lights in the front bumper (Hyundai Coupe facelift all over again) and the envelope above the grill

  • Harry_Wild

    Another of the seemingly endless subcompact with style but no performance! Think Fiat 500 as an typical example.

    • Christian

      It’s call livestyle cars….

    • Andy

      That’s why you want the 50Kwh EV version, loads of torque. The Ioniq EV is not short of grunt and will embarrass most cars off the lights.


    Jeep Cherokee wants it’s grill back !

    • Six Thousand Times

      It comes with a grill? That’s kind of neat. Maybe a tent, too? Kind of a mini-camper.

      • jfalckt

        Perfect car for barbeque season

        • Six Thousand Times

          Yeah, they probably also should throw in a cooler.

      • TheHake


        • Six Thousand Times

          Given that my grandparents survived the actual nazis, I’ll ask you to take that back, please.

    • Mark S

      It looks nothing like the 7 slot Cherokee Grille. The only comparison here is the Split Head light running light clusters.

    • Six_Tymes


    • Althea Later

      You mean it’s lights.

  • ediotsavant

    Front is too busy and what’s up with the odd rear wheel flaring?

  • jfalckt

    Well it’s not half as ugly as that first shot previously, but it certainly ain’t no looker, and it still has an awful name.

  • Toronado_II

    Now I can say that this car is the worst design that Hyundai did in the last years. Too busy…
    The base trim of the Tuscon is a lot more attractive !

  • OdysseyTag

    Not half bad, I’m actually surprised it looks better the second time round. Hopefully the press images will do it justice.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Even grainy and blurry pics can’t hide the ugly.

  • fabri99

    It’s… unique, that’s for sure.

  • Mark S

    I like it. I trust it will look this good on the Tucson and Santa Fe.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    full of unnecessary detail or decoration.

    • jfalckt

      Interesting when sister company KIA is taking the ‘less is more’ approach, I guess it now separates the two brands quite distinctly.

  • Six_Tymes

    the front end mess, yesh.

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    Grille has a very Datsun GO look to it.

    • bd

      That’s b/c Datsun is using the hexagonal grille shape like what Hyundai has been doing.

  • [-Mac-]

    it looks very similar to Mazda CX 3

  • MarketAndChurch

    It’s perfect for what its trying to be. I’ve never been a fan of the Kia Soul, Toyota C-HR, Jeep Renegade, Hyundai Veloster, or Nissan Juke segment, but this is not a bad addition to it. I would never buy any of these types of cars, I find most of them to be very ugly, but the kind of person who would will be very happy to have this as an option to choose from.

  • Galaxium

    Keep in mind that this segment targets younger demographics. It’s supposed to have expressive styling and something to grab people’s eyes.

  • dolsh

    Soo…they took the crappy part of the Cherokee, and the crappy part of the Juke, and put them together on copied sheetmetal from a CX-3?

    They’re going to sell a billion of these here in Canada.

    • FritsB

      And that billion is what counts :-).

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Horrifically​ revolting

  • TheHake

    This looks really nice!

  • Zandit75
  • Anthony McGowan

    Someone should have told the designer to put the pen down. Snatches the crown of most overstyled car from the new Honda Civic hatchback.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I disagree. The Civic is worse.

  • Karl

    This will be a massive hit! Well done Hyundai! I love it..

  • Paul

    Brand new and it looks like it already needs a refresh to the front and rear lighting.

  • Stephen Tsai
  • Tumbi Mtika

    It looks… pretty good.

  • NK S

    It looks like someone mixed a crosstrek with a Cherokee. Ugly.

  • nik

    Honestly how did they get THIS MESS from the beautiful Hyundai Intrado concept??!

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