Hyundai is already working on the second generation of the Kona, one of the most popular models in its offering. This B-SUV, which was launched on the market in 2017, has become one of the most international representatives of its category, as it is sold in the most diverse markets (Europe, India, North America…).
The new Kona, known internally by the code SX2, will bet on a continuous aesthetic concerning its predecessor, a strategy that Hyundai does not usually follow even with its most successful models, as evidenced by the radical design change experienced by the Tucson in its latest generation.
In the first spy photos of the vehicle, taken during its winter tests in Sweden, it can be seen that the front and rear optics will remain at two heights, one of the most characteristic features of the current Kona. However, it should be noted that the lower section of the pilots will adopt a more vertical design.
Although the SUV is expected to maintain the previous platform (one of the most advanced in the segment, both for its enormous flexibility and for having a multi-link rear suspension), both the total length and the wheelbase will be increased to improve the use of interior space.
The Hyundai Kona will continue to have a heavily electrified range
In the images, it can be seen that the passenger compartment will experience a greater evolution than the exterior since it will adopt a display made up of two screens (instrumentation and infotainment system) similar to that of the IONIQ 5. The steering wheel will bet on a square configuration, a solution already seen in models like the Renault Megane E-TECH Electric, which will eventually become one of its biggest rivals.
The new Hyundai Kona will have a strongly electrified range, as it will be marketed in 48-volt MHEV ( mild-hybrid ), HEV (hybrid), PHEV (plug-in hybrid), and BEV (battery-electric) versions. This latest variant (SX2e) will differ from its brothers by details such as a front without a grille or a specific body kit.
The Kona Electric is currently available with two powertrains. The access version is equipped with a 136 hp (100 kW) motor and a 39.2 kWh capacity battery pack, thanks to which it approves a maximum autonomy of 305 km WLTP. The most performing variant combines a 204 hp (150 kW) engine with a 64 kWh pack. In this case, the range is increased to 484 km WLTP. Most likely, the new generation will see its technical specifications improved concerning these models.