Hyundai on Tuesday gave its first glimpse of a redesigned subcompact crossover from Kona, which is expected to hit the U.S. market next year as a 2024 model.
The current Kona is a solid option for buyers looking for a nimble city cruiser, and with the new N-Line and dedicated N versions joining the lineup for 2022, there’s serious performance yet to come. There’s also an electric version for buyers who want battery power.
There are petrol, regular hybrid, and all-electric powertrains for the redesigned Kona.
Hyundai hasn’t said if the redesigned Kona will spawn a new Kona N, but a Kona N Line, essentially a Kona with some sporty design cues, is in place. Some official sketches hint at the design of the Kona N Line, which features dual exhaust tips and silver accents for its aero elements.
2024 Hyundai Kona
Taller than the model it replaces, the redesigned Kona has grown nearly six inches to a new length of approximately 171 inches. The wheelbase is about 2.4 inches longer and the width is up about an inch compared to the outgoing Kona. This should offer better differentiation with the smaller venue crossover added for 2020, as well as more space.
The exterior design adopts the futuristic look first applied to the Staria van sold outside the US last year. Hyundai calls the look Seamless Horizon. This time there is additional differentiation for the Kona EV, realized through unique pixelated graphics on the front fascia and rear diffuser. The electric Kona also features a unique 19-inch wheel design.
The interior of the 5-seater cabin is a clean, uncluttered design. The dashboard features horizontal themes, as well as a floating disc that integrates 12.3-inch screens for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. There are also physical buttons and dials for commonly used functions like climate controls, and the control for the shifter is a lever on the steering column.
The Kona 2023 starts at around $22,000. Given the larger size of the redesigned Kona, a price hike is possible. Hyundai said more details on the redesigned Kona will be released in the coming months.