We’ve previously seen the new design of the next-generation Kona. It looks so good (at least in our opinion), but much needed to be known at the time since Hyundai didn’t divulge the world with details.
Thankfully, Hyundai has recently released more detailed information and images of its second-generation Kona crossover model. The new model has undergone significant changes since the first generation model was released less than six years ago.
Size-wise, the Kona’s wheelbase has been stretched by 60mm to 2,660mm and the overall length has increased by 145mm to 4,350 mm. The width is now at 1,825mm and when fitted with 17-inch tires, the subcompact crossover is 1,580mm tall.
In terms of powertrain options, the Kona will be available with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 147hp and 180Nm of torque. The turbocharged 1.6-liter mill option will produce 195hp and 265Nm of torque and will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, a hybrid version is available, a 1.6-liter unit that works together with an electric motor to provide “impressive acceleration and high efficiency.” The combined output for the hybrid is rated at 139hp and 265Nm, and it will be sent to the road through a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In terms of practicality, the Kona has a cargo volume of 723 liters when the rear seats are folded. Additionally, the shift-by-wire gear selector has created a more spacious front compartment with enough space to store big bags. The Kona also boasts best-in-class shoulder room for rear passengers and a programmable electric tailgate that allows owners to choose the opening height and even the speed at which it opens and closes.
The cabin will be quieter than before due to additional sound-deadening material, double-laminated sound-insulating glass on the windshield, thicker floor carpet, and sound-absorbing tires for the 19-inch wheels. The Kona will also feature memory seats, wireless charging, and OTA updates as well as NFC technology that allows you to use your smartphone or smartwatch as a digital key.
Overall, the new Kona is bigger, more powerful, and more practical than its predecessor and offers a number of high-tech features and comfort options. Hyundai plans to provide further information about the global model in March when we will also learn more about the Kona EV.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor Philippines has completely removed the Kona from its lineup and now selling the Creta as its subcompact crossover. Will we ever see the return of the nameplate locally? That begs to be discovered but for what it’s worth, we’re not expecting so as the Indonesian-made Creta makes more sense cost-wise. Then again, never say never so we’ll see in the months or years to come.