Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Small SUV
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay Android Auto
Production years: 2023
Hyundai introduced the second generation of the Kona at the beginning of 2023 for the 2024 model year, which at first, like its predecessor, was only available as an EV.
After testing the market with the first generation of the Kona, followed by the Ioniq5 and Ioniq6, the second generation of its B-segment SUV came as a logical step. But, unlike its predecessor, it put more emphasis on the design language. Thus, the second generation of this vehicle looked like a proper EV, not a converted version of an ICE.
On the front fascia, the design team installed a slim LED strip that crossed the vehicle from side to side above the bumper. In the lower area, on the apron, Hyundai placed a trapezoidal-shaped grille that was tall enough to cool the battery pack and motors, flanked by LED headlights. On the sides, the ascending sculptured line made on the doors, combined with another one that started from the front fenders, created a dynamic look for the SUV. On the N-line trim level, the Kona sported black door mirrors.
Inside, Hyundai placed a 12.3" dual-screen on the dashboard. The one fronting the driver was used for the instrument panel, while the one placed atop the center stack was for the infotainment system. In addition, a 12" projection on the windshield helped the driver navigate without taking their eyes from the road. Its front bucket seats provided little bolstering and were made mostly from recycled materials. In the back, the bench seat could accommodate three passengers on short jaunts or two for long travels.
The automaker offered the Kona with a choice of two motors and two battery packs.