New generation of Hyundai Kona on the way –

When Hyundai launched the Ioniq as an ‘electric sub-brand’, we got the impression that once the Kona reached the end of its life cycle, it wouldn’t return. A successor in the form of an Ioniq 4 seemed more likely to us at the time. But Hyundai is now actually presenting a next generation of the successful Kona. This is probably because people in this segment do not yet want to say goodbye to the (plug-in) hybrid variants.

New Hyundai Kona has grown by 15 centimeters

The design of the next generation Hyundai Kona is much more futuristic than the previous model. It was also to be expected, since the Korean automaker is making big strides in design. This is also the case with the design of the new Kona. The new Kona not only has a more modern, dynamic design. He is also much bigger. The length has increased by no less than 15 centimeters. It has also become 2.5 centimeters wider, while the wheelbase has been increased by 6 centimeters.

Three drive variants

Like its predecessor, the new Hyundai Kona also has a universal architecture. It will be available in three drive variants:

  • Full Electric (BEV)
  • Hybrid Electric (HEV)
  • With internal combustion engine (ICE)

It will of course be determined per country which variants are used there. For the Netherlands, we will probably not offer a version with an internal combustion engine. How the sporty Hyundai Kona N Line, which most likely also has a combustion engine, will turn out.


The front of the new Hyundai Kona has become much more distinctive and distinctive. An LED light strip runs across the entire front of the car to emphasize the design of the new Hyundai Kona in a striking way. The Kona Electric is also the first Hyundai model to combine such a continuous strip of light with a distinctive “Parametric Pixel Design”. This borrows a distinctive design element from the electric sub-brand Ioniq.

Also striking about the new Hyundai Kona are the parametric surfaces. For example, a sharp diagonal fold on the sides connects the satin chrome trim from the beltline to the spoiler. This creates a contour that wraps around the entire car. On the back we see another LED light strip. The high-positioned third brake light is seamlessly integrated into the satin chrome strip of the roof spoiler.

In order not to make buyers forget that it is an SUV, the new Kona has been given strikingly shaped wheel arches. These include the front and rear lights to emphasize the new Kona’s tough character.

New Hyundai Kona

Distinguish between varieties

Despite the common architecture, each drive variant has its own design. Unlike most cars with a universal architecture, the design of the fully electric version was the starting point for the Kona. This design was subsequently also implemented and adapted to the other variants. Hyundai says this approach allowed all variants of the Kona to have their own technology-oriented design. The differences between the design of the different drive variants lie (of course) primarily in the details.

For example, the new Kona Electric has pixel graphics on the grille and rear bumper. It also has a pixel-inspired design of the alloy wheels and a black rim. The roof and mirror caps can also be done in black as an option. The other two drive variants of the Kona both have a rugged looking bumper and underrun protection and black trim on the wheel arches. The sporty Hyundai Kona N Line features a sportier front and rear design with a wing-shaped bumper, distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels and silver door frame trim.

New Hyundai Kona


In developing the new Kona, Hyundai engineers developed a spacious, driver-focused interior with an emphasis on practicality and driving pleasure. It is said to be designed for a wide range of lifestyles. It has a ‘floating’ digital cockpit with two 12.3-inch screens. The dashboard should highlight the subtle, spacious interior of the new Kona and create a “versatile space for driver and passengers.” To create more storage space, Hyundai has moved the gear knob from the center console behind the steering wheel. The rear seats are no longer curved to emphasize Kona’s urban design aesthetic.

Hyundai will announce more details about the new Kona in the coming months.

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