Superlative-wrapped Hyundai Kona showcased in Malaysia - more than meets the eye

Sanjay · Sep 24, 2020 11:12 AM

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So here it is - we've taken a gander at the Malaysian-spec Hyundai Kona, and Hyundai really, really wants you to think Kona = good times.

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Part of that effort is putting on a beach-themed plinth and plastering fun adjectives everywhere! Interesting...

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How much of that it successfully pulls off though, you tell us in the comments. On with it then...

Exterior

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As you know, Hyundai Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) will be bringing in the pre-facelift version, so the styling is a little busier compared to the sleeker refresh other countries are getting.

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Still, that's not quite a bad thing per se as the Kona keeps up apperances rather well. You'd be hard-pressed to find something that looks similar to this on the roads.

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However, a point to note - the variant pictured here is the range-topping 1.6 TGDI with minor exterior differences from lower variants, such as these 18-inch wheels. Standard and Mid variants roll on 17-inch units.

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It's a two-tiered design all round. Up front, the gaping 'Cascading Grille' that's supposed to mimic a waterfall is flanked by a set of LED headlights. The small slits up top? That's the daytime running lights.

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Black plastic claddings - standard fare for SUVs - toughen it up somewhat.

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The back carries over the two-tiered design language fluently. The big blocky lights are indicators and reverse lights, while the slimmer ones up top are your usual taillights. The more you know...

Interior

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The interior was off-limits during the preview, but according to my colleague Eric - who has reviewed the car, by the way -  the inside isn't as much to shout about compared to the exterior.

Info, price, specs in Malaysia

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Here's the leaked specs of the Kona.

With prices starting from RM 115,000 (specific numbers aren't released yet), it's poised to Kona the B-segment SUV market by gatecrashing the Proton X50's party

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The Kona is available for preview at Sunway Pyramid from now till this Sunday.

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Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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