New Hyundai Kona and Sonata launched in Malaysia

By RIZAL JOHAN | 30 October 2020

PETALING JAYA: Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has two new models in the Malaysian market – the D-segment Sonata sedan and the compact SUV, Kona.

The Kona is available in three variants: the 2.0-liter Nu MPI Standard and Active, and the top-specced 1.6 Turbo which is priced at RM123,888, RM138,888 and RM151,888 respectively.

HSDM is offering a special introductory price for a limited time only of RM115,888 for the 2.0 Kona, RM130,888 for the 2.0 Active and RM143,888 for the 1.6 Turbo.

The Sonata is only available in the SmartStream G2.5 version and priced at RM206,888.

Hyundai Sonata.
Hyundai Sonata.

HSDM is offering the first 50 Sonata units at a special introductory price, inclusive of tax savings, of RM189,888

All prices are on-the-road without insurance and sales tax.

Both the Sonata and Kona come with a five-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.

The Kona incorporates several distinguishing features such as Wireless Phone Charging and Driver Attention Warning System.

The contrasting vibrant colour seatbelts and interior trim colour creates a burst of exciting colour in the cabin.

The Sonata offers the state-of-the-art hidden lighting lamps architecture; blind-spot-view monitoring that offers a “live” video feed of blind spots which is projected onto a video screen on the digital gauge cluster; and a 6-speed automatic transmission with a shift-by-wire feature controlled by a push-button shift console.

It is also the first Hyundai model in Malaysia to be equipped with the Smartstream G2.5 powertrain.

Low Yuan Lung, Managing Director of HSDM said, “We understand the needs of our customers. Today’s car buyers would prefer to be associated with a brand that is distinctive, and offers quality, innovative designs and performance. The all-new Sonata and Kona have been specially created to appeal to these car owners.

“We have received overwhelming response for the new Kona during the pre-launch booking phase. As a result of the positive response, we are happy to announce that we will continue to market the Kona here. Customers can thus expect the next generation of Kona to be introduced here as well.

“The new Sonata is a fully transformed vehicle that bears more resemblance to a sporty four-door coupe. The new model is a step up from what people have come to expect from Hyundai and is expected to draw onlookers to take a closer look at the details."

The new models are available for viewing at all Hyundai showrooms nationwide. For more information contact Hyundai’s Customer Careline at 1-300-13-2000.


The Kona’s 'urban smart armour' exterior features voluminous, aggressive body styling which complements a low and wide stance.

Its masculine, protective ‘armour’ combines with LED lighting for a high-tech look. It incorporates Hyundai’s new family identity, the cascading grille, featuring a sporty mesh pattern, flanked by flared and wing-like fenders. It is further enhanced by a composite headlamp design, with high-efficiency LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).

The 2.0 Active and 1.6 Turbo variants are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels while the 2.0 basic variant is fitted with 17-inch wheels.

Safety-wise, the Kona 1.6 Turbo has advanced safety features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

While the Kona 2.0 litre has radar systems for its Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW).

The Kona is offered with two powertrains – the 2.0-liter Nu MPI engine and the Gamma 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine.

The 2.0-liter Nu MPI generates 149hp at 6,200 rpm and 180Nm at 4,000rpm while the 1.6 Gamma T-Gdi generates 177hp at 5,500rpm and 265Nm of torque from 1,500-4,500rpm. The turbo engine is coupled to a seven-speed EcoShift dual- lutch transmission (DCT).

The infotainment system offers connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The standard seven-inch colour LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary input jacks, voice-command recognition and Rear View Monitor.

It also comes with a Heads-Up Display system located behind the instrument panel while the 1.6 Turbo offers offers Qi wireless charging for smartphones.

Colour variations allow buyers to further express themselves such as Chalk White, Lake Silver, Phantom Black, Pulse Red and Ceramic Blue. The 1.6 Turbo gets black colour-contrasting roof, providing high contrast between the body, roof and wheels.

Unique to the Kona is also its vibrant contrasting coloured seatbelts and interior trims. Grey coloured interior trims and black seatbelts are matched with the Lake Silver, Phantom Black, Blue Lagoon and Ceramic Blue exteriors; Red seatbelts and Red interior trims are paired with the Phantom Black and Pulse Red exteriors; and Lime seatbelts and Lime interior trims are paired with Chalk White.


The new-generation Sonata is the first sedan designed with Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language.

The new Smartstream G2.5 powertrain offers dynamic performance with a smoother and comfortable driving experience, reduced emissions and better fuel efficiency. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new powertrain boasts 180hp at 6,000rpm and 232Nm of torque at 4,000rpm.

Gear selection is controlled by a new Electronic Shift Button (shift-by-wire) selector that makes for safer and precise gear changes.

Exterior-wise, the front features a newly designed Digital Pulse Cascading Grille that spans from the front and finishes at the innermost points of new combination headlamps.

A chrome line flows from the wing mirror, right around the side passenger windows, and returns to the front of the car by running down the length of the hood and ending at a sharp right angle beneath each headlight.

This chrome strip features graduated LED Daytime Running Lights embedded with Hidden Lighting Lamps.

Also a first for a Hyundai vehicle, Hidden Lighting Lamps are a design innovation that incorporates state-of-the-art lighting technology, forming the Sonata’s light architecture.

The Hidden Lighting Lamps appear to be chrome when switched off and become dramatically lit when turned on.

Inside, there the leather interior and the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which is customizable to suit different driving modes and preferences. At the centre of the dashboard is an infotainment 8-inch HD screen with the audio-video and navigation (AVN) functions.

You will also find a sunroof, electric parking brake, smart trunk, wireless smartphone charging pad with cooling fan, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and split-folding rear seats.

In terms of safety, the Sonata has six-airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Brake Assist System (BAS) and the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Blind-Spot View Monitor and the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) system which scans for vehicles entering your blind spot.

The all-new Sonata comes in a choice 6 exterior colours: White Cream, Shimmering Silver, Nocturne Grey, Oxford Blue, Midnight Black and Flame Red.

The Oxford Blue and Flame Red exterior colours are matched with the black leather interior; Shimmering Silver exterior colour with the Greige two-tone leather interior; while the White Cream, Nocturne Grey and Midnight Black exterior colours are matched with the Camel two-tone leather interior.