For all we keep reading about the ringing of the diesel death knell, some manufacturers are still keeping the faith in oil-burners. Hyundai is the latest purveyor of the clean diesel renaissance with its new range of diesel powered Konas, joining the existing petrol-powered range.
Two engines are available, in a range of six gearbox and trim combinations. Both are variations of the same 1.6-litre CRDi four-cylinder unit, packing 115hp and 136hp respectively. They utilise the latest in AdBlue selective catalyst reduction (SCR) and lean NOx (LNT) technology, alongside an existing diesel particulate filter (DPF).
What does all that mean?
They yield CO2 figures as low as 111g/km and NOx emissions minuscule enough to please even the staunchest of diesel detractors. That will all add up to lower tax bills and, hopefully, a blot-free copybook in its life beyond its five-year warranty.
A six-speed manual is available on both versions, with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto an option on the more powerful version. Prices range from the well-specced 1.6 CRDi 115 SE manual at £19,750, to the range-topping 1.6 CRDi 134 DCT Premium SE at £24,750.
If the public is to regain confidence in diesel, manufacturers need to maintain momentum, and that’s exactly what Hyundai has done with these latest additions to the Kona range. The firm hopes the new additions will bolster the Kona’s already-impressive 4,000-car sales tally in the eight months since its release.
The company’s confidence in diesel is evidenced by the encouraging words of president and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, Tony Whitehorn: “Whilst in general the market is reported to be moving away from diesel in the long term, our customer feedback shows that there is still a current demand for efficient and clean diesel engines, a demand that Kona diesel will be perfectly placed to satisfy.”
For Hyundai, there’s life in diesel yet.
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