This is the new-generation Hyundai Kona

The year 2023 is almost here. In fact, it’s right around the doorway and in a few days’ time, a new year will greet us. But that doesn’t faze Hyundai for ending 2022 with a bang. 

The South Korean automaker has introduced the new-generation Hyundai Kona. Arriving in the US for the 2024 model year, the all-new model comes with a more mature styling and a familiar face that conforms to the marque’s current neo-retro styling.

Globally, the new Hyundai Kona comes in four powertrain variants: pure EV, hybrid, pure internal combustion engine, and the N Line. The photos here represent three of the four – and they look really good, at least in our eyes.

The Kona comes with a base design seen in the LED light bar on the hood. The differences between each variant lie in the lower bumper design. The headlights are on the corners of the bumper.

The EV has pixel-like elements there, and the styling shares some cues with Hyundai’s Ioniq vehicles and the Staria. The ICE version comes with rectangular elements, while the N Line makes use of a trapezoidal lower grille with meshed parts.

On the side, all variants share a similar look, except for a few differentiators. The hybrid- and combustion-powered variants have body cladding on the fenders, while he EV and N Line keep this section in the body color. The N Line has a rear spoiler, silver side skirts, and available black pieces for the mirror caps and roof.

The all-new Kona EV is 5.9 inches longer than the existing model. The wheelbase has also been increased by 2.36 inches, while the vehicle width is up by almost an inch.

The rear end is similar to the front, with an LED light bar running across the tailgate and taillamps on the corners. There are dual exhaust ports on the N Line to differentiate the sporty trim from the rest.

Inside, the Kona shown in the photos comes with white upholstery, though we suspect other colors will be available depending on the market. The gear shifter is now on the column behind the steering wheel, while a pair of 12.3-inch screens share a single bezel in front of the driver. There are physical knobs and buttons for the climate control system, which should be great.

Hyundai has yet to reveal the powertrain details of each of the Kona variants. Availability for each market will also be announced in the future.

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