After making its global debut last year, Hyundai has officially brought the 2018 Kona to the Philippines. Making its local debut at the 2018 Manila International Auto Show, Hyundai billed the 2018 Kona as their first global B-segment crossover that blends sleek aesthetics, a high-tech and ergonomic interior and quality powertrain options.

Like its bigger brother, the Santa Fe, the 2018 Kona bears Hyundai's new future design direction. It has a low-wide stance that is highlighted by the crossover's short overhangs and striking exterior. Up front, the Kona comes with a 'dual-headlight' design wherein the top portion gets slim LED daytime running lights and turn signals. Meanwhile, the bottom section features the Kona's headlights.

The foglights, on the other hand, are placed on the bottom center section of the new Cascading front grill. Black wheel lip moldings, along with the directional-style alloy wheels, further give the Kona a rugged and sportylook. Meanwhile, the rear fascia gets slim LED taillights and a prominent rear bumper.

MIAS 2018: Hyundai launches Kona crossover to rival Juke, HR-V

Size-wise, the Kona measures 4165mm long, 1800mm wide and 1550mm tall. It also has a 2600mm wheelbase and a 170mm ground clearance.

MIAS 2018: Hyundai launches Kona crossover to rival Juke, HR-V

Inside, the 2018 Kona features a simple yet ergonomic cabin. Like the C-segment Tucson, the Kona comes with the same center stack design, with the top portion having the integrated audio system. Meanwhile, the bottom section houses the air-conditioning system. A mix of soft-touch materials and gloss black plastic trim pieces spruce up the cabin of the 2018 Kona.

Other standard features that are available on the Kona include: six-speaker audio system, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity, rear-airconditioning vents and a trip computer.

MIAS 2018: Hyundai launches Kona crossover to rival Juke, HR-V

Open the hood and the Kona is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 149 PS at 6200 rpm along with 179 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. Power is then sent to a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also a 1.6-liter T-GDI four cylinder that puts out 177 PS and 265 Nm of torque.

Standard safety kit on the 2018 Kona are dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes, rear child seat anchors, keyless entry and alarm and immobilizer.

Tentative pricing for the 2018 Hyundai Kona will range between Php 1,100,000 and 1,500,000.