The 2024 Hyundai Kona has just made its debut, completely revamping the identity of the South Korean automaker’s subcompact crossover SUV with its revolutionary styling upgrade.
First and foremost, its styling is definitely what we should talk about first. The 2024 Hyundai Kona features a very rugged and futuristic aesthetic that’s characterized by the “Seamless Horizon Lamp” upfront. This serves as both the daytime running lights as well as the park lights. The main headlight clusters are separate from the horizontal light bar, and it gives the Kona a very unique face.
Down the sides, the new Kona has either black plastic fenders if you get the internal combustion engine (ICE) variants or body-colored ones if you opt for the electric or the N Line version. But whichever variant you go for, all versions have highly-sculpted body lines and sharp creases that accentuate the Kona’s side profile.
Lastly, the rear end has a full-width LED taillight design and a horizontal line that connects the two separate LED taillights. The overall shape of the rear mimics that of the Stargazer subcompact MPV.
Inside, the 2024 Hyundai Kona likewise sports a very futuristic aesthetic. There are two 12.3-inch displays on higher variants, along with a generous amount of ambient LED lighting. Material quality has also been improved, and the overall aesthetic is very reminiscent of the Ioniq 5 electric crossover SUV. Functional changes have also been made to its interior, wherein the shifter of the Kona has been moved to the steering column.
Powertrain specifications have not yet been revealed, but we expect the 2024 Hyundai Kona to mirror those of its corporate cousin, the equally-new Kia Niro. Therefore, we can expect either a turbo 1.6-liter mated to an electric motor, a plug-in hybrid, or a fully-electric model which we assume comes with the Niro EV’s 64.8 kWh battery pack. An N version is also probably in the works, and this is a true performance model, unlike the N Line which is mostly aesthetic.
More details about the 2024 Hyundai Kona will be revealed soon, though with Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) discontinuing the Kona in favor of the Creta, there’s a low chance that it’ll actually be offered in our market.