New Hyundai baby SUV to be named Kona?

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Hyundai has confirmed its new baby SUV will be called Kona. Photo: Supplied

Hyundai has revealed that its baby SUV will be named Kona.

Set to arrive locally in the third quarter of 2017, the model will be based on Hyundai’s i30, which could make the car slightly larger than the Mazda2-based Mazda CX-3 that has proved popular locally.

The Kona is expected to build on technology offered in the next-generation i30, offering advanced driver aids as well as a premium infotainment system.

Following in the footsteps of the Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs named after geological locations, the new model takes inspiration from a coastal region of Hawaii.

The car’s moniker sits fairly close to Toyota’s top-of-the-range CH-R Koba, which may cause confusion among customers.

Hyundai has not unveiled the car’s final styling, or said when the car will be revealed.

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