Hyundai Motor launched its second generation Kona subcompact SUV in South Korea last week, five years after the launch of the original model.

Hyundai said the new Kona offers a “roomier and more versatile interior” than its predecessor and improved cargo storage due to the customisable smart power tailgate.

The range will initially be available with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, a two-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain with battery powered models following in the second quarter.

The automaker said the vehicle features advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) including Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) and High Beam Assist (HBA). It also equipped with various driving convenience functions, such as Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Highway Driving Assist (HDA).

The new Kona also offers parking assistance including Surround View Monitor (SVM), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Forward/Side/Reverse Parking Distance Warning (PDW), Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA).

The company aims to sell 37,000 Konas in its domestic market this year with hybrid models to account for 40% of total sales. Prices of the ICE and hybrid models range between KRW25m and KRW36m (US$20,400-$29,300).