Hyundai has revealed its next-gen Hyundai Kona crossover, which will be sold in Australia from mid-2023. Detailed information on international versions and Australian models will be revealed in the coming months. However, experts understand that Hyundai Kona will roll out its range in stages, just as it did with the original.
In Australia, petrol, hybrid, and electric versions are all planned.
Hyundai Kona Hybrid Details
In addition to the HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle), Hyundai Australia would benefit from the first-generation Hyundai Kona Hybrid, which was produced in Europe.
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Additionally, there will be updated versions of existing powertrain options, which currently include 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 1.6-liter turbo petrol (N Line) for Australia. It is likely that the Kia Niro HEV will also use a 1.6-liter motor. Spy images show that the new Hyundai Kona has a very different design from the first generation. It takes inspiration from the smaller Bayon sold overseas, and now it’s comparable in size to the Kia Seltos.
According to Hyundai, the company took the design of the EV model and modified it for the ICE, HEV, and sporty N Line models. “Universal architecture” is used in all versions.
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In its technologically-led design, Hyundai describes the Kona as having a robotic-like appearance with LED light bars at the front and rear, while the interior is aimed at maximizing “living space” – measuring 4355mm long, it is 150mm longer and 25mm wider (1825mm) as well as 60mm longer (2660mm) in the wheelbase than before. As a reference, a Kia Seltos has a length of 4385mm, a width of 1800mm, and a height of 1635mm, all extending from the wheelbase of 2630mm.
A Hyundai EV has LED light bars called Seamless Horizon Lamps that are pixelated to give the vehicle an unusual appearance. It features split headlights and tail lights, as well as sculpted wheel arch cladding.
In addition to pixel graphics and 19-inch alloys, Hyundai Kona EV models have various styling differences between powertrain variants. The ICE and HEV models have a rugged look with SUV-style bumpers, skid plates, and black cladding, whereas the N Line gets optional two-tone black roofs, mirrors, as well as more aggressive designs, and twin mufflers.
A driver-oriented dashboard layout includes dual 12.3-inch widescreen displays in the new Hyundai Kona’s “living space”, a design inspired by other Hyundai EVs, such as the Ioniq 5.
As a result of the “floating horizontal C-Pad”, the interior appears to be both slim and wide, and the center console is enlarged thanks to ambient lighting and a column-style shift-by-wire drive selector.
There is a “curveless” design for the second row and boot, which Hyundai claims to offer “maximum” cargo space and usability. Compared to the first-generation Hyundai Kona, the new model should offer significantly more passenger space in the second row and increased cargo room, considering the first-generation model was a compact car. A full unveiling is likely to take place at a motor show in the early stages of 2023, with further details being released in “the coming months”.
Seoul Mobility Show – previously known as Seoul Motor Show – is slated to run from 30 March to 9 April 2023, while the Hyundai Kona was originally unveiled with Europe as a big focus. As the new Kia Niro is likely to become one of the brand’s most popular models on the South Korean market, a home reveal seems appropriate.
A second option is the Brussels Autoshow, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2023. The Brussels Autoshow, also known as the International World Car of the Year, will take place from 14-22 January.
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