Hyundai has just shown off the futuristic styling of the next-generation Kona, one of its best-selling vehicles, in an all-electric form. The revised appearance of this compact SUV refreshes a formerly outmoded image while also better reflecting the advanced technology found within, most notably in the vehicle's flexible powertrain options.
Remember there will be four distinct forms of this model: fully electric (EV), hybrid, gas-powered, and the sporty N Line. Despite their shared architecture and identifiers, they each have their unique flavor.
Hyundai's design and development teams started work on the next-generation Hyundai Kona electric variant first, unlike most vehicles marketed with numerous powertrains, and then carried over the primary characteristics to the aesthetics of the other models. The company asserts that its novel technique allows them to implement a technologically focused design concept across all vehicle trim levels. As a result, they will all adopt a considerably more contemporary look from now on.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona has developed into a more robust SUV with a decidedly more daring and even futuristic appearance, despite its continued emphasis on the city. In particular, its length increases to 4.35 meters or 15 centimeters more than its predecessor. In addition to being 60 mm longer in the wheelbase and 25 mm wider than its predecessor, this vehicle has also grown in width.
The redesigned face is meant to be sleek and distinctive for visual and aerodynamic reasons. The EV version improves upon the design by adding a horizontal band of light that is pixelated to create a unique pattern. The lining of the wheel arches now has both the front and rear optics built into its surface. This is the best way to see how these new features fit with the rugged look of an SUV.
Parametric surfaces, fresh off their triumph in the Hyundai Tucson, are also ubiquitous in the Hyundai Kona. A sharp diagonal crease on the car's flanks links the beltline to the spoiler, producing an all-encompassing curve. A high-beam brake light and another horizontal light, integrated into the spoiler's chrome trim, round out the design.
Hyundai has released several visually distinct variants of its vehicles, each optimized for a specific mode of propulsion. The EV's front grille and rear bumper are accented with pixels, and the design of the 19-inch wheels is also inspired by pixels. The beltline is black, and the roof and mirrors can also be.
The hybrid and the combustion models have a similar bumper and skid plate design, as well as the black lining around the wheel wells. The Hyundai Kona N Line is distinguished by its unique 19-inch wheels, dual muffler, and silver side skirt, as well as its optional black roof, side mirrors, and wing-shaped spoiler. The front and rear bumpers are likewise wing-shaped, adding aggression and emphasizing the vehicle's lower appearance.
The firm claims that the increased cabin room in the 2023 Hyundai Kona is meant to accommodate a wide range of drivers and passengers by providing a more advanced driving experience. The universal architecture of the electric car led to a new way of putting things in the car. The floating horizontal C-Pad adds to the feeling of space inside the vehicle.
The dual 12.3-inch widescreens and the free-floating module are designed to give off a futuristic air. An automatic gear selector has been moved behind the steering wheel, simplifying the control layout and making room for more items in the central module. Ambient lighting enhances the user experience and comfort.
Hyundai closes its statement by mentioning the "bendless bench seat" in the second row, which, in its opinion, reinforces the urban design aesthetic of the new Hyundai Kona. More details will be disclosed in the following months. To go along with the "maximum ease of use, comfort, and convenience" promised by this area is a cargo hold that, so far, we only know will be "maximized" compared to the model still available for purchase. @via Hyundai.