We’ve seen prototypes of the Hyundai Kona around for a while, but Hyundai has been surprisingly cautious, putting heavy camouflage on its next-generation subcompact crossover. The company also wasn’t kidding about the date. So the sudden announcement of the 2024 Hyundai Kona comes as a bit of a surprise to us.
The design clearly combines Kona’s trademark cues such as contrasting fenders, low-mounted headlights and pointed nose with parts of the Ioniq line, especially the Seven Concept/Ioniq 7. is. Running light signatures, full-width taillights and pixel motifs. Inside, it’s very similar to his Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, with a low, wide, simple dashboard and his pair of 12.3-inch screens for gauges and infotainment. Column-mounted shifters in those cars are also adopted.
There are other big changes besides styling. The new Kona is significantly larger, 6 inches longer and 1 inch wider. The wheelbase is also just two inches longer. Hyundai also claims the Kona was first developed as an EV and then adapted to accommodate internal combustion engines. This is good news in terms of packaging. There is an array of internal combustion options, as shown by the normal model and N-line in the photos. And for the first time, a normal hybrid version appears.
Hyundai has not disclosed anything about power, efficiency or other details. They will come in the near future. Expect that information in the coming months, in time for the new model year.