EV Styling but Mixed Powertrains for Hyundai’s New Kona

Hyundai’s second generation of its Kona subcompact SUV may be using electric vehicle-inspired styling but will feature internal combustion and self-charging hybrid electric powertrains in the line-up.

The up graded model will be available in four variants, including EV, HEV, ICE and sporty N Line, with a universal architecture for all with only small tweaks to styling between the models. It has grown in size larger but still urban-focused, claiming to offer internal ‘living space’ for customers, it will be 14.3ft in length, some 6ins longer from the previous generation based on the EV variant. It also gains an inch in width and 2.4ins in wheelbase length.

Naturally, anything BEV related produces designs focused on aerodynamics so the car hosts the stretched Seamless Horizon Lamp, which is pixelated on the EV variant. Yet there’s also boldly sculpted wheel arch cladding that incorporates headlamps and taillamps, reinforcing the SUV role.

In the cabin there will be 12.3ins dual wide displays and floating module impart a high-tech impression. Ambient lighting enhances 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 is part of the interior living space claiming to offer usability, comfort and convenience.

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

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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