Hyundai is making a mini-SUV called the Kona

Hyundai has released the first details and teaser image for its all-new mini-SUV, which is called the Kona and will rival the likes of the Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008.

While the teaser image only reveals one of the thin, LED-clad headlights of the car, the full reveal of the Kona is expected to take place this June before it goes on sale in October. The Kona will expand Hyundai’s SUV line-up to three models and sit below the existing Tucson and Santa Fe.

For now, hardly anything else has been revealed about the Kona by Hyundai, although it has been explained where the car’s name comes from. Hyundai says the name is derived from the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii.

According to online reports, the new Hyundai Kona is likely to be based on the current Hyundai i20, which makes sense given that many current mini-SUVs on the market utilise supermini platforms.

Engines from the current i30, including the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel, are also rumoured for the upcoming Hyundai Kona.

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