Prototypes of the next-generation Hyundai Kona SUV are taking advantage of the warmer weather of early summer and have opened up some layers of disguise to give us more clues about what the 2024 model will look like.
The compact SUV will face models like the Volkswagen T-Roc when it lands in Hyundai’s range above the slot Bayon and below the Tuscon, and when it lands in the showroom next year. So it’s no surprise that Hyundai engineers had VW’s example on hand to compare their recent outings.
Earlier spy shots showed Kona in a complete disguise that revealed little about the styling, but these recent images are a little more informative. Like the current corner, the new one will have a split headlight design, but the latest car headlights, which are actually DRL, not headlights, are mounted parallel to the floor, not angled.
But in addition to the side DRLs, a third part appears to be visible in the center of the car at the front end of the hood, which suggests that the corner will actually show a distinct radarround light bar that will run the entire width of the car. We’ve seen similar designs on the back of many cars, but using this technique on the front will give the corner an instantly recognizable face when the lights are on.
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This car’s minimalist camouflage lets us see the 2024 corner front bumper insert, which features a pair of triangles attached by a bar holding a license plate. The space we see through the production car where a grill sits outside a radiator makes it clear that Hyundai will again offer Kona with ICE drivetrains as well as pure electrics.
Depending on the market, current models come with a wide range of engines, such as 118 hp (120 PS) or 276 hp (280 PS) in the case of the Hot Kona N, along with a non-plug-hybrid and Kona Electric EV with two sized batteries. Buyers can also choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. We expect such a wide lineup in 2024 cars, with a sub- 25k / £ 23k starting price, although the top-spec Kona EV will probably get a bigger battery to help improve its official EPA-rated electric. Driving range 258 miles (415 km).
What these images don’t show is what Kona looks like inside, but we know from previous spy shots that the dashboard will be influenced by the style of the Ioniq 5 EV and will feature a larger screen that extends from the driver’s door to the past of the dashboard. Includes both center line and digital instrument pack and touchscreen infotainment system.
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