Hyundai KONA Gets Bolder, More Dynamic, EV-led Design with Unique Styling Across a Range of Powertrains
Hyundai Motor Company revealed the futuristic design for its new generation KONA subcompact SUV. Hyundai KONA will be available in four variants, including all-electric (EV), hybrid electric (HEV), internal combustion engine (ICE), and sporty N Line.
The all-new KONA is 4,355 mm in length, 150 mm longer than the previous generation, based on the EV variant. It also gained 25 mm in width and 60 mm in wheelbase length compared to the outgoing model without losing its iconic design identity.
KONA comes with a variety of powertrains, for the ICE, HEV, and N Line models. This unconventional approach allowed Hyundai to bring tech-centric design thinking to all KONA variants. Despite the shared architecture, EV, ICE/HEV, and sporty N Line models have distinctive futuristic styling.
The all-new KONA’s distinctive nose characterizes contributes to the model’s smooth aerodynamic performance. It is highlighted by the stretched Seamless Horizon Lamp, which is pixelated on the EV variant, marking it the first Hyundai model.
The all-new KONA’s futuristic appearance and its dynamic styling are accentuated with boldly wheel arch cladding that incorporates headlamps and taillamps, reinforcing KONA’s robust underpinning.
The all-new KONA is replete with parametric surfaces. The sharp diagonal crease of the sides connects the satin chrome molding from the belt line to the spoiler, creating a contour that wraps around the entire vehicle. The rear features another Seamless Horizon Lamp as well as a high-mounted stop lamp (HMSL) that is seamlessly integrated within the satin chrome molding of the spoiler.
There are several styling variations between the powertrain variants. The EV gets pixel graphic details on the intake grille and rear bumper, a pixel-inspired 19-inch alloy wheel design, a black embracing line, and optional black side mirrors and roof. The ICE and HEV share a bold and rugged bumper and skid plate design, and black wheel arch cladding. The N Line boasts optional black side mirrors and roof, a wing-type spoiler, more aggressive front and rear designs with a wing-shaped bumper to emphasize a lower stance, distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels, a twin-muffler, and a silver side skirt.
The 12.3-inch dual wide displays and floating module impart a high-tech impression. Ambient lighting enhances the user experience and convenience. With the column-type shift-by-wire relocated from the center console to behind the steering wheel, it provides an uncluttered layout and additional space for belongings in the central tunnel.
The second-row Curve-less Bench Seat reinforces KONA’s 21st-century urban design aesthetic. This living space offers a unique experience with maximum usability, comfort, and convenience. Behind the second row is a maximized cargo space.
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