When it arrives at Hyundai dealerships in a long-awaited trim line from base SE and step-up SEL to luxurious Limited and Ultimate trims, we think it'll be a real game-changer for the rugged all-terrain compact SUV segment.

Details are spare in advance of the big reveal, but we at Team Hyundai know a few things for sure. For one, 2018 KONA SE will be a stellar performer right out the gate, with available all-wheel drive and showcasing a standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine paired to a smooth-shifting six-speed auto transmission to take you off-grid. Plus, it'll be complete with the control within reach afforded by a standard 7-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to accommodate smartphone interface., among other elements.

Step into the driver's seat of the new KONA SEL, and you can expect to find the features of SE plus standard situational awareness elements like Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Attention Warning. Amenities like convenient Proximity Key access, push-button start, and heated front seats come along for the ride likewise, as do standard roof side rails to take on a load of road swag.

It's with 2018 KONA Limited that things begin to take a premium turn. High-efficiency becomes the order of the day in a standard turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed DCT. A power tilt-and-slide sunroof lets you let in a touch of Mother Nature while you recline in the lap of luxury afforded by a trifecta of leather seating, an eight-way power driver seat with lumbar support, and automatic temperature control. Factor in LED headlights and taillights as well as fog lights to cut through the thick of it, and the coastal Maryland drive becomes a pleasure cruise.

Reach the top of the line in the new 2018 KONA Ultimate, and "fully" loaded becomes the standard. This new Hyundai SUV trim offers plenty of perks from the Limited model, plus heights of drive-time capability like a Heads-up Display for critical metrics projected right onto the windshield, navigation-equipped 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, and the safety chops of Forward Collision-avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection. What's more, standards like Lane Keep Assist help you remain on course, with help from High Beam Assist to light your way with other drivers in mind. Just remote-start KONA Ultimate from your smartphone using its Blue Link® Connected Car System, slip in, activate the Infinity® Premium Audio System to get your road soundtrack underway, and set a course for adventure. Standard wireless device charging ought to help keep your devices energized and ready for action for the duration.

Until spring, we wait – and with no lack of excitement, to be sure. However, in the meantime, you needn't have to. Stop by and visit us here at Team Hyundai, and we'll take you on an inaugural Hyundai SUV test drive you're sure to remember long after the new 2018 KONA arrives. We look forward to meeting you!

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