Hyundai Motor Group has been accustoming us to bold designs for its electric cars in recent years, and the all-new Hyundai Kona Electric is no exception.
Previewed here for the first time alongside its hybrid and ICE siblings, the second-generation Hyundai Kona marks a significant departure from its predecessor. For the new generation of its compact crossover, Hyundai says it started with the EV variant to “bring technology-led design thinking to the entire Kona lineup.”
All four vehicle variants—EV, HEV, ICE, and N Line—share a universal architecture, but each has unique design cues. Design sure is bold and futuristic for them all, with the Kona featuring a distinctive nose dominated by the elongated Seamless Horizon Lamp DRL, which was chipped on the Kona Electric. The use of Parametric Pixels links the Kona Electric to other Hyundai EVs like the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6.
The Kona Electric also differentiates itself from other powertrain variants with its pixel-inspired 19-inch alloy wheel design, black lap line, and optional black side mirrors and roof.
In addition, the all-new Hyundai Kona Electric’s front end features a closed trapezoidal grille with integrated pixels at the lower end and charge port door. The Kona also features SUV styling cues including boldly sculpted wheel arch cladding that incorporates the headlights and taillights.
The 2024 Hyundai Kona features parametric surfaces, such as the sharply angled crease of the sides that connects the satin chrome molding from the belt line to the spoiler to create a contour that wraps around the entire vehicle. At the rear, the Kona features another Seamless Horizon headlight and high bay stop lamp (HMSL) seamlessly integrated into the satin chrome molding of the rear spoiler.
Inside, the 2024 Kona features a driver-oriented design dominated by dual 12.3-inch widescreen displays, a floating unit and an Ioniq 6-inspired steering wheel. The gearshift lever has been moved from the center console to the steering column, while the center console below the larger displays includes HVAC controls.
Furthermore, on the center console are additional physical buttons, a fuzzy dial and extra luggage space. Ambient lighting is also available, while the rear passengers sit on what’s called a bench-less curved seat. Tech upgrade aside, the big news is that the 2024 Hyundai Kona offers more interior space that is said to offer versatile space for the driver and passengers, as well as more cargo space behind the second row.
The automaker did not announce the interior dimensions, but did reveal the exterior size of the new Kona Electric. The compact crossover is now 4,355 mm (171.4 in) long, making it 150 mm (5.9 in) longer than the previous generation. The new model is also 25 mm (1 in) wider and has a 60 mm (2.3 in) longer wheelbase.
Hyundai will announce more details about the 2024 Kona, including powertrain specifications and pricing, in the coming months. If the past and present are anything to go by, the new Kona Electric should share its powertrain with Kia’s replacement, the recently unveiled 2023 Niro EV.
The front-wheel drive-only Kia Niro EV features a 64.8 kWh battery pack, allowing a factory-estimated range of 253 miles (407 kilometers); It is powered by a 150 kW (201 hp) front-mounted electric motor.
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