The Hyundai Kona made its world debut in South Korea back in 2017. Now, the brand is ready to unveil the look of the new generation of crossovers arriving in the United States for the 2024 model year. Four variants are on the way: EV, hybrid, pure combustion powered and N Line.
Hyundai designers started by building the new Kona EV and then applied that look to other versions. Up front, they all share a distinctive light bar along the edge of the hood. The headlights are under this strip on the outside corners.
The styling of the lower fascia is a key differentiating factor among the 2024 Kona models. The EV has pixel-like elements there, and its styling shares several cues with Hyundai’s Ioniq vehicles. Standard ICE vehicles have a rectangular opening in this space. The N Line has a more aggressive look by using trapezoidal elements.
From the side, the 2024 Kona model has a similar appearance. The hybrid and combustion powered variants have body cladding on the fenders. EV and N Line keep these parts in body color. The N Line has a rear spoiler, silver side skirts, and black trim available for the mirror caps and roof.
The rear matches the front by having a light bar that runs across the hatchback. Like the headlights, the taillights are in the lower corners. The N Line gets dual exhaust outlets.
The new Kona EV is 171.5 inches (4,355 millimeters) long, 5.9 inches (150 millimeters) longer than the existing model. The wheelbase has increased by 2.36 inches (60 millimeters). The width has increased by 0.98 inches (25 millimeters).
Inside, the new Kona has a pair of 12.3-inch displays that share a single bezel. Gearshift is now in the column behind the steering wheel. Below the large display, the center stack includes a pair of vents and controls for the HVAC system. On the console, there is a dial, but its purpose is unclear. Motor1.com contacted Hyundai for clarification.
In the second row, there are simple back seats. The company’s announcement says it follows Kona’s new “21st century urban design aesthetic.”
The automaker hasn’t disclosed powertrain specifications or pricing details for the new Kona. Hyundai will release that info in the coming months.