Hyundai has already unveiled the new generation of its compact SUV, the Hyundai KAUAI, in South Korea. The model has larger dimensions and is available with different engines, including 100% electric, hybrid and combustion engine, each of which is available in the sporty N Line version.
The new SUV is also distinguished by its more spacious interior for greater passenger comfort, in addition to the possibility to carry more luggage, and by its even more innovative integrated technologies.
The development of the new and futuristic Hyundai KAUAI started with the EV model, which is proving to be an unconventional approach when it comes to car design, but fits well with Hyundai's electrification strategy. In all its versions, the model is equipped with innovative technologies and comfort and convenience features to enhance the driving experience.
"Suitable for every person and lifestyle"
According to Hyundai's vice president, "Hyundai KAUAI adapts to every person and lifestyle", thanks to the engines it offers and the "range of technologies and design features that will add value to customers' daily lives".
From the strong, flat front to the striking rear, the infinity headlights give the Hyundai KAUAI a harmonious and unique appearance in every version. The EV version also stands out for its pixelated infinity headlights and is the South Korean brand's first model to adopt this iconic design feature.
The sporty appearance of the SUV is accentuated by the robust wheel arch trim with integrated front and rear lights, the sharp sides and the characteristic chrome strips that connect the body to the aggressive spoiler. The model is equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, also a first for Hyundai KAUAI.
The hybrid and combustion versions carry over many of the design features of the EV version, with one change that sets it apart: the front bumper is notable for its three-dimensional protection and skid plate, instead of the radiator grille. The ICE and HEV versions also feature black wheel arch trim for greater visual contrast.
The hybrid version uses active air intakes at the top and bottom, while the combustion version is only equipped with an active air intake at the top, which improves the drag coefficient of the new Hyundai KAUAI. This new technology creates a look similar to that of the EV in the other engines, improving the aerodynamic performance of all versions.
The N Line version adds a silver line that wraps around the underside of the vehicle, has dual exhaust outlets and, with a more aggressive side sill design that makes the body appear lower, the sportier image is more accentuated.
Additional options for this version include a black roof, a rear spoiler and a striking 18-inch alloy wheel design. Inside, it is equipped with metal pedals and the N-series gear lever.
New Hyundai KAUAI comes with a bigger and smarter cabin
The new Hyundai KAUAI offers a more spacious and versatile cabin for greater passenger comfort, and the luggage space has also been increased. The model leads the segment in terms of size, with a 60 mm longer wheelbase compared to the previous generation.
As for the rear seats, it has more legroom, 77mm wider, and there's an additional 11mm of headroom and the overall rear width is 1,402mm. This feature is complemented by the differentiated and robust seats, only 85 mm thick.
In addition, the gear lever integrated into the steering column provides more space for a free and clean center console, which can be used for cup holders or belongings, making the interior look more tidy. The fully folding second row seats and the luggage compartment offer a space of no less than 723 litres.
The integrated dual 12.3-inch screen provides a more ergonomic and comfortable use, while the "relaxation" option for the front seats is optimized for even body pressure distribution to reduce fatigue after long driving times.
The maintenance and system updates of the new Hyundai KAUAI are the most intuitive ever thanks to electronic control technology, via over-the-air (OTA) software updates, as specified by the brand. This saves owners costs and they always have their car up-to-date with the latest software.
The adjustable, self-opening luggage compartment is an additional feature that offers customers greater convenience. Drivers can thus select the opening height and speed of opening the boot on the infotainment system screen or by pressing the close button for three seconds at the desired height for closing the boot.
Hyundai KAUAI offers more safety features
The new Hyundai KAUAI is packed with advanced driver assistance systems such as:
- Autonomous emergency braking (FCA),
- Lane Keeping System (LKA),
- blind spot radar (BCA),
- Safe Vehicle Abandonment (SEW),
- Maximum Speed Information System (ISLA),
- Driver fatigue warning (DAW),
- Blind Spot Monitoring (BVM) and
- High Beam Automatic Control System (HBA)
It is also equipped with several features to make driving easier, such as:
- Intelligent Speed Control (SCC),
- Navigation-Based Intelligent Cruise Control (NSCC)
- Lane Keeping Assist (LFA) and
- Highway Driving Assistance (HDA)
For safe parking, the new Hyundai KAUAI has a number of advanced technologies such as 360° camera (SVM), Rear Traffic Alert (RCCA), Front/Side/Rear Parking Distance Warning (PDW), Rear Park Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA ) and Remote Automated Park System (RSPA).
Those who opt for the combustion engine version in South Korea can choose between a 1.6T-GDi or a 2.0L Atkinson engine. The 1.6T-GDi generates an estimated torque of 198 hp and up to 265 Nm. The continuously variable opening time of the valve controls the opening according to the operator's needs. The 2.0L engine produces an estimated 149 hp and up to 179.5 Nm of torque, combined with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (TVI) for maximum efficiency.
The HEV version available in South Korea features a 1.6-L GDi direct injection engine, combined with an electric motor that delivers impressive, highly efficient acceleration with a combined output of 141 hp and torque of up to 265 Nm.
More details on the new Hyundai KAUAI for the European market, including the EV version, will be released in March.