for the U.S. Market
Hyundai has unveiled its innovative 2024 Kona SUV, which features an all-electric variant with advanced safety features, convenience, and an impressive electric range of 260 miles. The second-generation Kona offers a wide range of powertrain options, including electric and internal combustion engines, as well as a sporty N Line version. The 2024 Kona is currently available for purchase, while the Kona Electric variant will be available later this year.
Hyundai has taken an innovative approach by developing the Kona platform with an electrified powertrain as a primary focus. This aligns with the company’s commitment to accelerate their electrification strategy, which includes introducing 11 new Hyundai EVs by 2030.
Hyundai’s all-new Kona and Kona Electric models have improved upon the success of their first generation. These vehicles offer exceptional efficiency, innovative technologies, unique styling, and comprehensive safety features. According to José Muñoz, the president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, the Kona Electric represents a significant advancement in eco-friendly mobility solutions and is an integral part of Hyundai’s commitment to clean mobility.
The all-new Kona offers a rugged design, advanced technologies, and comfortable features to support active lifestyles. Upgrades include dual panoramic display screens, Digital Key 2 Touch, OTA software updates, and Hyundai’s next-generation infotainment system.
The Kona Electric comes with a 64.8-kWh battery, offering an estimated range of up to 260 miles. With fast-charging capabilities, the battery can recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in around 43 minutes. The standard battery provides an estimated range of approximately 197 miles.
The new model of the Kona has larger dimensions and interior volume, with increased length, wheelbase, and width compared to its predecessor.
EV-driven Exterior Design
For the 2024 Kona, Hyundai transitioned from a conventional ICE-to-EV platform development process and followed an EV-to-ICE development process, resulting in a futuristic, EV-centric exterior that accentuates the Kona’s unique look with an unexpected combination of sleek and rugged design.
The new Kona Electric combines excellent aerodynamic performance with stylish design. Its sleek body features sculpted wheel arch armor, dynamic chrome lines, and a unique Pixelated Seamless Horizon Lamp. Vibrant exterior colors enhance the car’s iconic design, catering to diverse customer lifestyles.
2024 Kona Electric Specifications
|62.2 in. (w/ 17-inch tires)|
|39.9 (front), 38.3 in. (rear)|
|Leg room||41.7 in., 36.4 in. (rear)|
|Shoulder room||56.8 in. (front), 55.2 in. (rear)|
|Trunk space||25.5 cubic feet (SAE standard)|
|Front storage volume (frunk)||27 liters (0.95 cu. ft.)|
w/ 64.8 kWh Battery: 150 kW (201 HP) Torque 255 Nm (188 lb.-ft.)
w/ 48.6-kWh Battery: 99 kW (133 HP) Torque 255 Nm (188 lb.-ft.)
|Supported Charging Infrastructure||Available 400V with 64.8 kWh Battery|
|Charging||Approximately 10% to 80% in 43 minutes with fast-charging capability (iii)|
Roomier and More Versatile Interior
Based on the model’s upscaled dimensions and EV-derived universal architecture, Hyundai designed a larger interior ‘living space’ to embrace a wider range of customer lifestyles. The driver-centric front row is accentuated by a floating horizontal C-Pad with integrated, dual 12.3-inch panoramic display screens that affirm Kona’s high-tech character.
The Kona’s new ergonomic layout includes a relocated gear selector, providing more storage space and emphasizing the car’s spacious interior. The driver controls have been placed around the steering wheel, allowing for a versatile center console storage area. The front seats are slimmer to maximize rear passenger legroom, and a two-stage latching system allows for rear seat reclining.
The last answer describes the spaciousness and practicality of the second-row seat and rear compartment in a vehicle, with the option to fold down the seatbacks for increased cargo volume. It also highlights the convenience of the Smart Power Tailgate for easy access to the cargo space.
In addition to the Pixelated Seamless Horizon Lamp and Pixel graphics, Kona Electric offers even more features for an improved customer experience. Available battery preconditioning ensures secure charging and power performance in colder ambient temperatures. A new charging port door lamp helps ensure visibility at night.
The Kona Electric offers unique features such as forward storage, active grille shutters, V2L capability, i-PEDAL mode, and a Smart Regenerative System that adjusts regeneration based on traffic conditions.
V2L technology enables the use of a car’s battery to power devices and charge electrical equipment through a bi-directional onboard charger. This feature is convenient for various purposes, such as charging electric bicycles, scooters, camping equipment, or providing power during a blackout. Simply plug devices into the front charging port with a V2L adapter when the car is parked.
The latest i-PEDAL technology allows drivers to use only the accelerator pedal for acceleration, deceleration, and stopping. It also includes a Smart Regenerative System that adjusts regenerative braking levels based on traffic flow, ensuring optimal efficiency.
Refined and Efficient Internal Combustion Powertrains
Kona powertrain offerings have top efficiency levels as a key target. Kona offers a choice of two gasoline powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces an estimated 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, paired with a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) for maximum efficiency (vii). The Atkinson cycle design maximizes the effective cylinder expansion ratio (compression stroke vs. power stroke) for greater efficiency.
The N Line and Limited trims of the Kona offer a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 190 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, providing confident acceleration in city driving. The engine delivers peak torque from 1,700-4,500 rpm, ensuring responsiveness in everyday driving. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Kona offers efficient performance with smooth shifting and brisk acceleration.
Responsive and Refined Chassis Tuning
Kona was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for a variety of urban and multi-surface driving conditions. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments with enhanced linear stability and ride comfort. Kona internal combustion models feature a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and a hollow stabilizer bar design. Kona AWD models feature a multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar and FWD models feature a refined torsion beam rear axle design. Kona Electric models feature a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and a multi-link rear suspension.
Kona N Line Sporty Variant
The N Line model boasts bodycolor cladding, 19-inch N Line alloy wheels, N Line rear spoiler, dual-outlet exhaust tips, Bose premium audio, sport seating with red accents, aluminum sport pedals, N Line scuff plates, and black mirrors. In addition, aggressive, wing-shaped front and rear fascia designs emphasize a lower stance for an even sportier appearance.
Connectivity with Over-the-Air Updates
The all-new Kona takes connectivity to the next level with Over-the-Air (OTA) technology (viii) for software updates, allowing car owners to save time by having their cars updated with the latest software, providing a convenient, upgradable experience. OTA software updates will allow the owner to improve their Kona’s performance or experience new features using wireless communication. The Kona can improve overall vehicle performance and functions by updating the firmware of the various control units. OTA software updates also can be used for maps and multimedia software.
The 2024 Kona offers Digital Key 2 Touch, a convenient feature that allows owners to use their smartphones to lock, unlock, and start their vehicle. It also allows secure sharing of keys with up to three people.
The new Kona features an advanced infotainment system with dual 12.3-inch panoramic display screens and a user-friendly interface. It also includes the Surround View Monitor for convenient parking and efficient LED headlamps for enhanced visibility.
The Kona offers an impressive audio system, multiple charging options, wireless device charging, and the possibility of a Wi-Fi hotspot.
SmartSense Advanced Driver Assistance
The second-generation Kona is offered with the next level of Hyundai SmartSense ADAS features not available on many small segment SUVs, providing elevated levels of safety and convenience. Available Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) (x) aids drivers in getting in and out of parking spaces remotely. A press of the smart key button can move the vehicle forward or backward out of various parking scenarios. Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) (xi) can help when the driver makes a lane change by providing the driver with live video of the blind spot area in the instrument cluster.
The Kona is equipped with safety features like Forward Collision-avoidance Assist and Highway Driving Assist, offering drivers enhanced protection and support during their journey.
The all-new Kona offers a range of advanced driver assistance features, including blind-spot collision warning, intelligent speed limit assist, high beam assist, surround view monitor, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, rear occupant alert, and parking collision avoidance assist-reverse.
The Kona offers various driving convenience features, including Smart Cruise Control, Parking Distance Warning, and Remote Start.
Enhanced Bluelink+ Features
All Bluelink+ services (xiv) are offered complimentary with the purchase of a new Hyundai vehicle, the first year of ownership for certified pre-owned, and the first three months for used car owners. Key safety and maintenance features, previously included in the Connected Care Package, are now part of Bluelink+ Basic, which will be available for subsequent owners to connect with no associated fees. Essential key safety and maintenance features, such as Auto Collision Assistance, SOS Assistance, Remote Diagnostics, Maintenance Reminders, and over-the-air ECU Updates, are available with no trial period, and for the life of the supporting technology and 4G LTE network.
The Kona Electric models from Hyundai offer advanced connectivity technologies through the Bluelink® app. It provides details about the vehicle’s range, battery state, and charging times. Users can manage charging schedules based on their preferences and take advantage of off-peak electricity rates. The app also offers remote profile management and notifications about vehicle status. Additionally, there is a maintenance alert feature to track service intervals.