The 2024 Hyundai Kona Emphasizes Electric Vehicles while Retaining Hybrid and Internal Combustion Options

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By Car Brand Experts

Presenting a new 2024 Hyundai Kona, this redesign showcases a strong focus on electric vehicle technology.

While you can still opt for different powertrain options, the new iteration was primarily engineered with electric vehicles in mind. This approach then led to adaptations for plug-in hybrids, standard internal combustion engine models, and the sporty N-Line versions. It is a departure from the conventional process in which traditional gas-powered cars are retrofitted to accommodate electric propulsion. This shift underscores the growing importance of electric vehicles as car makers progressively move away from reliance on fossil fuels.

A key highlight of the Kona’s fresh look is the nearly continuous line that encircles the entire vehicle. This feature starts with the Seamless Horizon Lamp serving as the vehicle’s daytime running lights at the front. It seamlessly extends along the sides of the doors and the body, culminating in another Seamless Horizon Lamp at the rear, harmoniously incorporated with the rest of the taillights and brake lights.

Each powertrain option has been uniquely styled to distinguish one from another. The electric model prominently features Hyundai’s futuristic design language with pixelated details on the wheels, air intake, rear bumper, and light fixtures. It aligns with the design aesthetics seen in the popular Staria van and Grandeur concept.

As for the internal combustion engine and plug-in hybrid variants, they showcase a more rugged appearance with robust front bumpers and skid plates. Meanwhile, the N-Line model draws inspiration from classic performance characteristics. Sporting a spoiler, silver side skirts, a lower profile, and a more dynamic design for the front and back bumpers. Additionally, it boasts distinctive 19″ wheels, and for a striking two-tone appearance, the roof and side mirrors can be optionally specified in black.

Following a prevalent trend, the new model outstrips its predecessor in size. Now measuring at 171.5 inches in length, an increase of 6 inches from the prior version. Moreover, it widens by an inch and elongates the wheelbase by 2.4 inches, aimed at optimizing the internal “living space” of the vehicle.

Internally, the Kona features two expansive 12.3-inch displays. One presents the dashboard instrumentation, while the other serves as the entertainment screen. In contrast to some competitors, Hyundai opts to retain physical controls for climate management and similar functions. The interior’s futuristic theme extends to include ambient lighting.

The center console is optimized for efficiency and storage. Consequently, the gear shifter is now positioned on the steering column to ensure a tidy and functional area. As a compact crossover, the Kona provides seating for two rows, prioritizing cargo capacity at the back.

Specifics on performance are not yet disclosed for the various available powertrains. Hyundai intends to reveal more details closer to the complete launch of the model, anticipated in the middle of 2023.

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