Hyundai Introduces Redesigned Kona

Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled a new EV-derived design for its new generation KONA subcompact SUV, the automaker announced.

The upscaled model will be available in four variants, including all-electric (EV), hybrid electric (HEV), internal combustion engine (ICE) and sporty N Line, with a universal architecture for all and unique styling for each.

“Upscaled with KONA’s unique character, the all-new KONA confidently expresses its bold and dynamic presence,” said SangYup Lee, executive vice president and head of Hyundai Design Center. “KONA has evolved in every respect to embrace an even wider range of diversity, to become a true lifestyle supporter.”

To provide maximized interior space, the all-new model grew to 14.3 inches in length, which is nearly 6 inches (150 mm) longer from the previous generation, based on the EV variant, and gained 2.4 inches (60 mm) in wheelbase length compared to the outgoing model, designers said.

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

The all-new KONA’s nose characterizes the front section’s volume, which contributes to the model’s aerodynamic performance. The front is highlighted by the stretched Seamless Horizon Lamp, which is pixelated on the EV variant, marking the first Hyundai model with a Pixelated Seamless Horizon Lamp. KONA’s use of Parametric Pixels also incorporates a distinctive design element from Hyundai’s EV lineup, designers said. The KONA’s styling is accentuated with sculpted wheel arch cladding that incorporates headlamps and taillamps.

Additionally, a sharp diagonal crease of the sides connects the satin chrome molding from the belt line to the spoiler, creating a contour that wraps around the entire vehicle. The rear features another Seamless Horizon Lamp as well as a high-mounted stop lamp (HMSL) that is integrated within the satin chrome molding of the spoiler.

There are several styling variations between the powertrain variants. The EV gets pixel graphic details on the intake grille and rear bumper, a pixel-inspired 19-inch alloy wheel design, black embracing line and optional black side mirrors and roof. The ICE and HEV share a more rugged bumper and skid plate design, and black wheel arch cladding, designers said. The N Line boasts optional black side mirrors and roof, wing-type spoiler, more aggressive front and rear designs with wing-shaped bumper to emphasize a lower stance, distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels, twin muffler and silver side skirt.

The all-new KONA’s larger interior also provides multiple practical features thanks to the EV-derived universal architecture, which accommodates a sporty layout with floating horizontal C-Pad.

The 12.3-inch dual wide displays and floating module and ambient lighting enhances the user experience, Hyundai said. With the column type shift-by-wire relocated from the center console to behind the steering wheel, it provides an uncluttered layout and additional space for belongings in the central tunnel.

The second-row features a curveless bench seat and maximized cargo space.

More details of all-new Hyundai KONA will be unveiled in the coming months, the manufacturer said.

A.J. Hecht

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