Published on August 27th, 2020 | by Amirul Mukminin


Hyundai Kona Open for Booking, to Launch in Q4 2020

At long last, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has confirmed that the Hyundai Kona will be launched in Malaysia in the fourth quarter of this year.

While there is no exact launch date yet, the Kona is now open for booking at Hyundai dealerships nationwide. Unlike the Tucson and Santa Fe, HSDM’s latest offering in the SUV segment will be fully imported (CBU) from South Korea.

According to HSDM, the Kona will come with “extroverted” colour options with contrasting roof to match, LED headlights and taillights, as well as daytime running lights.

Inside, there’s colourful seatbelts with contrast stitching on the steering wheel and seats, 7-inch infotainment floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heads-up display, wireless device charging and Hyundai Smart Sense safety features. Details regarding the powertrain have yet to be confirmed.

The Kona was recently spotted near HSDM’s headquarters in Ara Damansara.

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Hyundai Sime-Darby Motors (HSDM) has announced plans to launch the Hyundai Kona, Compact SUV in Q4 of 2020 and is inviting interested parties to place their bookings at any Hyundai showroom starting today.

The Kona will be a Complete Built-Up version fully imported from Hyundai Motor Company’s (HMC) Ulsan plant in South Korea. With the arrival of Hyundai’s Kona, the company has a total of three SUVs in its range, which includes the Tucson and the Santa Fe. The Kona rides on an all-new Compact SUV platform and it is also HSDM’s first B-segment SUV, targeted at consumers with active lifestyles.

Named after the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Compact SUV continues Hyundai’s new design identity with an expressive and powerful front dominated by the cascading grille, the company’s signature look. The Hyundai Kona’s “urban smart armor” exterior styling features a voluminous, aggressive body complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. 

Other features include separated type composite light with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights, and as is characteristic of SUVs, the elevated seating position provides better visibility for drivers. A new feature is the head-up display projecting key driving information directly in the driver’s line of sight.

“We are excited about the launch of the Kona as it’s an entirely new product for us in this segment and we are reassured of a good response for the Kona. The Compact SUV is in great demand not only in Malaysia but globally as well,” said Mr Low Yuan Lung, Managing Director of HSDM.

“The SUV and Compact SUV market is growing exponentially so we see a great market potential for all our SUVs, whichi nclude the 7-seater Santa Fe, and 5-seater Tucson as well as this upcoming new model – Kona which is targeted at the younger generation,” added Mr Low.

The Hyundai Kona which was first launched in Korea in 2017 is gaining popularity. Hyundai Motor Company has sold more than 600,000 units worldwide up until July 2020 (excluding HEV and EV variants).

The Hyundai Kona is an award winning Compact SUV with awards and accolades from all over the world. Among awards received include the Australia’s 2020 Drive Small SUV of the Year, 2020 NHTSA 5-star Overall Safety Rating, 2019 NEMPA (New England Motor Press Association) Best-in-Class Subcompact SUV, 2019 North American SUV of the Year, 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, 2018 Good Design Award by the Chicago Anthenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and more.

Those who are interested in finding out more, may contact Hyundai at 1300-13-2000 or log on to locate the nearest showroom.

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