September 28, 2023

Sure, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 might upset the established elite with its value-driven proposition of classic styling, exhilarating efficiency, and prolonged driving vary. Nevertheless, the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical, the second-gen variant of Hyundai’s in style compact SUV, leads the model’s cost within the reasonably priced EV class. Not like the first-gen Kona (which received an EV model based mostly on the gasoline variant), Hyundai explicitly developed the second-gen Kona as an all-electric automobile.

“Kona Electrical will play a big function alongside our Ioniq fashions in reinforcing Hyundai’s EV management,” mentioned Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Firm. “The brand new mannequin builds on the good status of the first-generation Kona Electrical and is designed and engineered to steer the competitors with its many excellent options.”

2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical: What’s New?

The second-gen Hyundai Kona Electrical is all-new for 2024. It now has an extended wheelbase and is extra expansive to supply extra room than the stylish first-gen Kona, a automobile we nominated as one of many best small SUVs for 2023. Much like the outgoing Kona that reshuffled patrons’ notion of what a “automotive” ought to appear like, the Kona Electrical is brandishing a modernist façade derived from the model’s Staria individuals provider bought in different components of the world.

The brand new Kona’s cyborg-inspired styling will undoubtedly flip heads, whereas its modern, aerodynamically-optimized physique panels ship a stellar 0.27 drag coefficient to maximise vary and effectivity. Furthermore, these “Pixelated Seamless Horizon” lighting parts and graphics fortify the automobile’s high-tech vibe.

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric
2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical. Picture: Hyundai Motor America.

Extra Electrical Energy

Sweetening the pie is a strong electrical motor that delivers extra oomph for roughly the identical quantity of juice. Hyundai mentioned the 2024 Kona Electrical has a 214-horsepower front-mounted electrical motor, about 13 extra horses than the outgoing Kona EV. Sadly, the brand new Kona Electrical is unavailable with a twin motor, all-wheel drivetrain. So in case you fancy AWD, the gasoline-powered Konas are the way in which to go for now.

The solitary electrical motor attracts juice from a 65.4 kWh battery that delivers about 260 miles of vary on a single full cost. We admit the vary quantity isn’t one thing to jot down house about, particularly given the outgoing Kona EV manages an EPA-rated 258 miles of vary. Nevertheless, the brand new Kona Electrical has bi-directional onboard charging capabilities just like the Ioniq 5, enabling customers to energy any gadget or electrical tools through the battery pack.

Tech-Stuffed Cabin

Hyundai up to date the inside to replicate its newfound sense of fashion. Based mostly on the press pictures, we will inform the cabin has a extra premium really feel with higher supplies. Entrance and heart are twin 12.3-inch show screens with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. On the similar time, an accessible 12-inch heads-up show (HUD) feeds the driving force related automobile information, whereas Hyundai’s electronic-Energetic Sound Design (e-ASD) system creates “digital sounds” whereas driving, a characteristic that delights or annoys relying on who you ask.

Security options embody distant parking help, driver standing monitoring, a blind-spot view monitor, and an array of superior driver help options like collision avoidance help, lane maintaining help, navigation-based cruise management, and lots of extra.

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric interior layout.
Picture: Hyundai Motor America.

2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical Pricing

The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical will make its hometown debut on the Seoul Mobility Present on March thirtieth, 2023. The primary deliveries will arrive at U.S. dealerships in mid-2023. The MSRP and different particulars stay forthcoming, however we anticipate issues to begin at round $36,500.

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog characteristic columnist and an knowledgeable in sports activities and efficiency automobiles. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accountancy in his youthful years and continues to be very a lot smitten to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He additionally likes fried hen, music, and natural medication.

Images & Supply: Hyundai Motor America.