New Hyundai Kona Small Crossover, This Is It!

The 2018 Hyundai Kona was spotted in Lisbon, Portugal, wearing its birthday suit. The Korean automaker prepares to aim its new sub-compact crossover at the likes of Renault’s Captur and Nissan’s Juke.

The images come courtesy of Autoweek reader Patrick Kramer who was on location where Hyundai was shooting a commercial for the Kona, which is actually named after a Hawaiian district.

Until recently, we only had a general idea about its overall styling, which is now proven to feature a set of headlights underneath the slim LED’s found on each corner of the bonnet.

The rest of the car comes with a dual-tone paint job, a flared wheel arch design both front and back, and a pair of slim taillights at the rear. We previously caught a glimpse of its interior as well, and we can tell you that its instrument dials have a classic, analogue design, and that its infotainment display has a clunky and rectangular appearance, sitting on top a pair of center-mounted air vents and climate control dials.

Based on the i20 platform, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is said to use parts from both the i20 as well as the i30 compact, where it could also utilize some of the latter’s power units. As for a Kia sibling of the sub-compact variety, it is to be expected, yes.

Also, based on previous spy shots, it appears the Kona’s front fascia design language might also apply to the Korean automaker’s all-new Santa Fe SUV, which is scheduled to hit showrooms in late 2018.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona will reveal itself to the world either this summer or at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, a little over 4 months from now.

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  • segf

    My God… Please help Hyundai… 🙁

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Is a big no to me

  • TheHake

    Looks nice!

  • ujhd

    Lets pray for Hyundai… 🙁 Ugliest thing ever…

    • bd

      Nah – the HR-V and Juke are uglier within the segment.

      And outside of the segment, there’s the Prius, RX, etc.

  • Hamster

    its a joke right?

  • Hamster

    Lets pray for Hyundai to convince European customers…

  • Rocket

    Somebody got a little carried away with the fender cladding. It’s especially odd that it wraps around the head and tail lights. The rest of it looks pretty darn good.

  • Ugly AF

  • WG

    The plastic near the front wheel arch is a little bit too much.

  • Greg J Richards

    It looks like the front of a Citroen and side of a Vauxhall Astra with the floating roof. I’m not crazy about the rear it looks cramped design wise with the rear lights etc looking weird.

    • Vantoom

      First they went after Audi design with the front grille, like for ages, then somebody said, hey, we look too much like Audi, lets do something chic, look at Citroen, they are very avantgarde, Put some style on it. Tu du dum dum.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I like the Side Profile of the Vehicle the most, the Rear, not so much.

  • Luc Helterbrand

    it has nice lines but those lights are in all the wrong places and makes it look like a Picasso painting.

  • jfalckt

    A bit like a Citroen C4 Cactus had a one night stand with a Ford Focus

  • Christian

    I like the design! But a bit tooo Citroen-ish!


  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    It’s FAF.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Fat? Fit?


      • Obsequious Lickspittle
        • Tumbi Mtika

          Yep. Couldn’t agree more.

  • Gerald Michael

    Well now, that is certainly ugly.

  • Edvards Grieze

    Some say it’s like Citroen C4 Cactus…
    All we know: It’s the Pontiac Aztek!!!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Not even.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    GodDAMN that’s unfortunate.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      This could have been a good design too!

  • Raf

    Hmm minus that front wheel arch this is probably one of the best looking subcompact SUVs besides the CX-3

  • Galaxium

    Not the biggest fan of the wrap-around grey plastics for the headlights. But I’ll reserve judgement til I see it in person.

    Rest of the design looks good and cohesive. I know there are Santa Fe spyshots that have the similar LED strip along the hood.

  • Marko Jajčinović

    What a fugly car

  • Six Thousand Times

    Nasty-looking plastic warts on its face.

  • getoffme

    As ugly as a Cherokee.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    Filming in Portugal, where Kona (albeit with a C instead of a K…) is a very, very, very rude word? Oh Hyunday, you cheeky bastards 😀

    • Warpracer

      I wonder whether they will change the name here. They did so in the 80s with the Opel Ascona…

      • Jorge Teixeira

        Meet the Hyunday 1604!

  • Felipe Politano

    Looks very european, but I am guessing here that, being so “trendy” with the styliing and all, it’s going to age pretty quickly

  • Auto

    Its okay, the front (and the rest of the car) does not look finished so we can hope.

  • Vangelis Goulis

    Right, so now they copy Citroen too. First H + Kia got tips from Audi + Ford..and now this.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Really, so many dislikes? Funny, I think it’s alright.

  • Blade t

    woo hoo….

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    it looks good to me.i like different designs actually,if you like same design with different sizes,then you should be looking for audi,bmw,vw and mercedes..

  • Robert

    I completely disagree with the posters who say it’s ugly. Sure it isn’t
    conventionally styled, but that’s the whole point of these vehicles if
    you’ve been paying attention to the market. Expressively styled urban
    vehicles are all the rage right now…and I for one welcome their quirky
    design language, it certainly breaks up the norm.

  • accolade

    It’s like they threw those gray housed light bits above the front wheels to make the car look less like an Audi/Porsche knockoff.

  • Paul

    Brand new and it already needs everything from the windshield forward completely re-styled.

  • mck

    The name of that model isn’t good – in Portugal and in Poland it sounds bad. In Poland Hyundai Kona means Hyundai is dying. In Portugal it means Hyundai female genitalia…. Ooops – someone hasn’t made proper research before choosing the name.

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