We’re not huge fans of the current Hyundai Kona, with its abundance of plastic
cladding — but the next one looks amazing.

Hyundai says the futuristic design is derived from EVs, with a front dominated by
what it calls a ‘Seamless Horizon Lamp’ which stretches right across the top of the
bonnet and in the EV version s pixelated.

There’s another one at the rear, along with a high-mounted stop light that is
integrated seamlessly with the satin chrome moulding of the spoiler.

Despite its futuristic appearance, however, Hyundai says the all-new Kona is still
very much the SUV.

The dynamic styling is accentuated by bold sculpted wheel arch cladding that
incorporates the headlights and tail lights, reinforcing Kona’s robust underpinning.

The style varies depending on the powertrain, with EV, Hybrid and conventional ICE
powered versions.

The EV gets pixel graphic details on the intake grille and rear bumper, a pixel-
inspired 19-inch alloy design, black embracing line and optional black side mirrors
and roof.

The ICE and HEV versions share a bold and rugged bumper and skid plate design,
and black wheel arch cladding.

N Line boasts optional black side mirrors and roof, wing-type spoiler, more
aggressive front and rear designs with wing-shaped bumper to emphasise a lower
stance, distinctive 19-inch alloys, twin muffler and silver side skirt.

Hyundai’s SangYup Lee said Kona had evolved in every respect to embrace a wider
range of diversity, to become a true lifestyle supporter.

It is a larger yet still urban-centric SUV with bolder styling that conveys a more
dynamic road presence and driver-centric interior.

To provide maximised ‘living space’ for customers, the all-new model is 150mm
longer and 25mm wider, with a 60mm longer wheelbase (distance between axles).

The latter should deliver more rear legroom.
Unlike most vehicles with a variety of powertrains, Kona was designed from the
ground up as an EV and the design was then adapted for the ICE, HEV and N Line

This unconventional approach allowed Hyundai to bring tech-centric design thinking
to all Kona versions.

The EV-derived universal architecture accommodates a sporty layout with floating
horizontal C-Pad to emphasise Kona’s slim and wide interior, providing a versatile
space for driver and passengers.

Dual 12.3-inch displays and floating module impart a hi-tech impression, with
ambient lighting to enhance the user experience and convenience.

With the column type shift-by-wire relocated from the centre 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

This living space offers a unique experience with maximum usability, comfort and
convenience. Behind the second row is a maximised cargo space.

That’s all the detail we have for the moment, but the new model is expected to arrive
sometime in 2023.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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