Hyundai has unveiled an EV-derived design for its new generation Kona subcompact SUV to be available in four variants.
The updated model’s variants include an EV, hybrid electric (HEV), internal combustion engine (ICE) and sporty N Line, with a universal architecture for all and unique styling for each, the Korean auto giant said.
“Kona has evolved in every respect to embrace an even wider range of diversity,” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center.
The updated model has grown to 4,355 mm in length, which is 150 mm longer than the previous generation, based on the EV variant. It has also gained 25 mm in width and 60 mm in wheelbase length compared to the outgoing model.
The urban-centric SUV is replete with parametric surfaces. The sharp diagonal crease of the sides connects the satin chrome moulding from the belt line to the spoiler, creating a contour that wraps around the entire vehicle, the company added. The rear features a horizon lamp as well as a high-mounted stop lamp integrated within the satin chrome moulding of the spoiler.
There are several styling variations between the powertrain variants. The EV gets pixel graphic details on the intake grille and rear bumper, a pixel-inspired 19in alloy wheel design, black embracing line and optional black side mirrors and roof. The ICE and HEV share a bold and rugged bumper and skid plate design, and black wheel arch cladding. The N Line boasts optional black side mirrors and roof, wing-type spoiler, more aggressive front and rear designs with wing-shaped bumper to emphasise a lower stance, distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels, twin muffler and silver side skirt.
The New Kona has 12.3in dual wide displays. 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, Hyundai said.
The EV-derived universal architecture accommodates a sporty layout with floating horizontal C-Pad to emphasise a slim and wide interior, providing a versatile space for driver and passengers. Behind the second row is a maximised cargo space.
The company will release more details of the updated Hyundai Kona in the coming months.
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