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North American Version of Hyundai Kona Debuts Next Week

The 2018 Hyundai Kona heading to North America will make its debut at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

Already on sale in overseas markets, don’t expect to see any major changes to the North American version of the crossover. For our market, the Kona will be available with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, while a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter engine will be available with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The standard model has a six-speed automatic transmission, while the more powerful turbocharged engine is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

When it goes on sale in the U.S., four trim levels will be offered: SE, SLE, Limited, and Ultimate. Both the standard SE and SLE models are powered by the 2.0-liter engine, while the Limited and Ultimate trims have the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Spin

Designed to compete against the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Toyota C-HR, the Kona is relatively late to the subcompact crossover segment. AutoGuide.com, however, already had the opportunity to take a quick spin in the Korean-spec Kona earlier this year, coming away with a positive impression.

Look for more details on the U.S.-spec Hyundai Kona next week once it debuts in Los Angeles.

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