Hyundai is doubling down on the lucrative compact crossover market thanks in large part to the success of the Kona. The unveiling of the second-generation model heralds a sea change in design philosophy and a fresh commitment to setting apart the numerous iterations.
The new Kona is longer than its predecessor by 150 mm, coming in at 4,355 mm in total length. The new model is wider by 25 millimetres and has a longer wheelbase by 60 millimetres than its predecessor. The elongated ‘Seamless Horizon Lamp,’ which is pixelated on the EV type along with the smooth surfacing, also shows an obvious design link with some of the other Hyundai cars.
Similar to the Ioniq5, the car is covered in parametric details, with the N Line and EV versions being distinguished from the ICE and HEV versions by pixel graphic features on the intake grille, the rear bumper, and the 19-inch alloy wheels for the EV. In addition, the N Line can be outfitted with a black roof and mirrors, an aggressive wing-type spoiler, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a pair of twin mufflers, and a silver side skirt (all of which are optional).
The interior design is also noteworthy, as there is now more room and a level floor, and two 12.3-inch screens dominate the centre stack and the instrument cluster. We predict the electric version will have a front-wheel drive motor setup, while the hybrid version will likely get a 1.6l engine in addition to an electric motor, though Hyundai has been mum on this point. For its part, the N Line model may keep its current 2.0-liter gasoline engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Even though all variants of the next-gen Kona are slated to arrive in Australia by the middle of 2023, early rumours suggest that the electric vehicle will be the first to hit the market. We might be in for something very remarkable if that turns out to be the case.