Cool new Kona breaks cover

Riley Riley

We’re not huge fans of the current Hyundai Kona, with its abundance of plastic cladding — but the new one looks amazing.

Hyundai says the futuristic design is derived from EVs, with a front dominated by what it calls a ‘Seamless Horizon Lamp’ which stretches right across the top of the bonnet and in the EV version s pixelated.

There’s another one at the rear, along with a high-mounted stop light that is integrated seamlessly with the satin chrome molding of the spoiler.

Despite its futuristic appearance, however, Hyundai says the all-new Kona is still very much the SUV.

The dynamic styling is accentuated by bold sculpted wheel arch cladding that incorporates the headlights and tail lights, reinforcing Kona’s robust underpinning.

The style varies depending on the powertrain, with EV, Hybrid and conventional ICE powered versions.

The EV gets pixel graphic details on the intake grille and rear bumper, a pixel-inspired 19-inch alloy design, black embracing line and optional black side mirrors and roof.

The ICE and HEV versions share a bold and rugged bumper and skid plate design, and black wheel arch cladding.

N Line boasts optional black side mirrors and roof, wing-type spoiler, more aggressive front and rear designs with wing-shaped bumper to emphasise a lower stance, distinctive 19-inch alloys, twin muffler and silver side skirt.

Hyundai’s SangYup Lee said Kona had evolved in every respect to embrace a wider range of diversity, to become a true lifestyle supporter.

It is a larger yet still urban-centric SUV with bolder styling that conveys a more dynamic road presence and driver-centric interior.

To provide maximised ‘living space’ for customers, the all-new model is 150mm longer and 25mm wider, with a 60mm longer wheelbase (distance between axles).

The latter should deliver more rear legroom.

Unlike most vehicles with a variety of powertrains, Kona was designed from the ground up as an EV and the design was then adapted for the ICE, HEV and N Line models.

This unconventional approach allowed Hyundai to bring tech-centric design thinking to all Kona versions.

The EV-derived universal architecture accommodates a sporty layout with floating horizontal C-Pad to emphasise Kona’s slim and wide interior, providing a versatile space for driver and passengers.

Dual 12.3-inch displays and floating module impart a hi-tech impression, with ambient lighting to enhance the user experience and convenience.

With the column type shift-by-wire relocated from the centre console to behind the steering wheel, it provides an uncluttered layout and additional space for belongings in the central tunnel.

The second-row Curve-less Bench Seat reinforces Kona’s 21st century urban design aesthetic.

This living space offers a unique experience with maximum usability, comfort and convenience.

Behind the second row is a maximised cargo space.

That’s all the detail we have for the moment, but new model is expected to arrive sometime in 2023.


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