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Hyundai Kona diesel: new engine for Korean small SUV

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Hyundai’s Kona scores a fuel-efficient diesel overseas

A new diesel variant has joined Hyundai’s Kona small SUV family internationally, with a 1.6-litre diesel joining the brace of petrol-powered engines offered at launch.

Orders for the new engine opened today in the UK, where shoppers can choose between two output tunes for the four-cylinder diesel engine.

Powered by the Hyundai group’s new U3 engine (it will also appear in the new Kia Optima), the 1.6-litre diesel will produce 84.6kW at 4000rpm and 280Nm at 1500rpm when paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, or 100kW at 4000rpm and 320Nm at 1750rpm when partnered with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

In its lower-output guise, that’s enough to clip 100km/h in 10.7 seconds – and push on to 183km/h – while the more powerful version lowers the sprint time to 10.2 seconds and ups the top speed to 191km/h. Hyundai claims a max braked towing capacity of 1250kg.

Hyundai says its new Euro6-compliant U3 diesel has been designed to minimise both C02 emissions and fuel use, and the claimed economy figures are impressive. The Korean brand says the lower-output engine will sip just 4.2L/100km on the combined cycle, while the more powerful version ups the fuel use to 4.4L/100km. Emissions are pegged at 111 and 114g/km of C02 respectively.

In the UK, the diesel-powered Kona is offered in three trim levels, with the new diesel variants priced between the two-wheel-drive petrol and four-wheel-drive petrol variants. Internationally, both outputs are offered in two-wheel-drive guise only.

We have contacted Hyundai in Australia for an update on its plans or timings for introducing the diesel engine in locally, but the brand here is clearly focused on expanding the Kona family. A full-EV Kona Electric will join the fleet by the end of the year, packing a 64kWh lithium-ion battery that delivers a driving range of up to 470km.

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