2024 Hyundai Kona grows into electric, hybrid options

The redesigned 2024 Hyundai Kona small crossover grows in size and powertrain options, based on a global model unveiled by Hyundai on Monday.

The second-generation Kona is expected to launch next year as a 2024 model for the U.S., and electric and gas models will now be complemented by a hybrid offering. 

The electric version of the Kona led the design changes, Hyundai said in a statement. 

“Unlike most vehicles that are made available with a variety of powertrains, the Kona started with the EV variant design, which was then adapted the design for the ICE, HEV and N Line models,” Hyundai said. 

2024 Hyundai Kona

It looks like a squat hatchback with styling elements borrowed from the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossover. A body crease rises up over the rear fenders toward the pinched end like the Ioniq 5, and an integrated rear roof spoiler adds some sport to the utility in the cute ute.

A light bar spans the hood and the vertical front fascia gives way to large wheels flanked by even more black cladding on the wheel arches than the current Kona model. The fenders appear entirely covered by the cladding in doctored photos, and they house the headlights and taillights. 

The crossover, which currently slots between the smaller Hyundai Venue and the larger Hyundai Tucson compact crossover, grows nearly six inches in length, has a 2.4-inch longer wheelbase, and is also nearly an inch wider. 

2024 Hyundai Kona

The EV model wears 19-inch alloy wheels that will eat into efficiency if they make it to production, while gas and hybrid models sport all the cladding and a pseudo-skid plate. An N-Line model sports twin exhaust pipes, a wing-type spoiler, and other sporting elements. 

In what should be a roomier interior, the Hyundai Kona showed twin 12.3-inch displays, ambient lighting, and an open floor plan like other electric vehicles. 

Hyundai said more details will be unveiled in coming months. 

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