Hyundai previews the subcompact Kona crossover’s funky fresh face

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It seems as though the already crowded subcompact crossover segment will welcome yet another competitor. Hyundai says it will launch its new Kona this summer, and it just released a teaser showing its front fascia. We’d previously seen spy photos of the car, but this is our clearest look at the nose yet. From the looks of it, it will be going down the funky styling route of the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Juke.

The first styling cue you’ll notice is the split headlight arrangement that we’ve seen before on the Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Juke. The top lamps are just LED running lights, and the lower units, also LED on the Kona, provide the actual forward illumination at night. Together, they create a scowling aggressive look. Between the lower lamps is a low and wide version of Hyundai’s corporate “cascading” grille. It does have a unique twist, though, in the upper slot that looks rather like a scoop. It also helps create a dual-plane look to the front of the vehicle.

Hyundai hasn’t released many details about the Kona aside from a release date and a size. It actually hasn’t even announced the markets in which the Kona will be available. However, it’s likely it will come to the US, since the subcompact crossover arena has been booming here. The only other information Hyundai has revealed about the Kona is that it will have good visibility and “agile driving dynamics.” That sounds good to us, but we can’t verify either until we get our hands on one. At least it won’t be a long wait.

 

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