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  • Writer's pictureCory Fourniquet

2024 Hyundai Kona Debuts in New York

The New York International Auto Show was the perfect stage for Hyundai to reveal their all-new 2024 Kona Electric, Limited, and N Line models. This second-generation Kona is positioned as an upscaled multiplayer in the small SUV segment, led by the all-electric variant that offers advanced safety, convenience, and an impressive electric range of 260 miles based on preliminary Hyundai internal estimates.

Hyundai is aiming to be known for its commitment to innovation and sustainability, and the new Kona Electric is no exception. In fact, Hyundai developed the new Kona platform with an electrified powertrain first, in line with their commitment to bringing 11 new Hyundai EVs to market globally by 2030.

The all-new Kona offers one of the most comprehensive product packages in the small SUV segment, including the widest range of powertrains. Customers can choose from electric and internal combustion powertrains, including a sporty N Line version. The all-new 2024 Kona will arrive at U.S. dealers this summer, and the Kona Electric will be available in late fall.

The Kona Electric offers several EV-specific features that improve the overall customer experience, such as a Pixelated Seamless Horizon Lamp in the front and rear of the vehicle. Available battery preconditioning ensures secure charging and power performance in colder outside temperatures. A new charging port door lamp helps ensure visibility at night.

One of the most exciting features of the Kona Electric is the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability. With a bi-directional onboard charger, the V2L function can power devices or charge electrical equipment, such as electric bicycles, scooters, camping equipment, or even power necessities during a power outage. From the front charging port, devices and appliances can be plugged in using an available V2L adapter to use battery power when the car is parked.

The new i-PEDAL enables a one-pedal driving mode that allows drivers to accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal when desired. The Smart Regenerative System automatically adjusts the levels of regenerative braking based on real-time data from forward traffic flow, optimizing regenerative braking system efficiency.

For those who prefer an internal combustion engine, the Kona powertrain offerings have top efficiency levels as a key target. Kona offers a choice of two gasoline powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces an estimated 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, paired with a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) for maximum efficiency. The Atkinson cycle design maximizes the effective cylinder expansion ratio for greater efficiency.

The N Line and Limited trims offer a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine generating an estimated 190 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,700-4,500 rpm for confident acceleration in city driving. The Kona 1.6L turbo engine couples to an eight-speed automatic transmission for outstanding efficiency with smooth, seamless shifting and brisk acceleration. We are still waiting to hear of the performance N version, but expect a fun and potent engine for the second-generation Kona N.

The all-new 2024 Hyundai Kona is a major milestone for Hyundai and the EV industry. The Kona Electric, with its long-range 64.8-kWh battery and V2L capability, represents a significant step forward in eco-friendly mobility solutions, a key model in Hyundai’s rapid transition to clean mobility and progress for humanity. All while the internal combustion options still continue to excite with their N Line model and its 1.6L turbo. We cannot wait to get behind the wheel of these and share with you how they drive.

2024 Hyundai Kona Specs:

  • 64.8 kWh Battery:

    • 201 horsepower

    • 188 lb-ft of torque

    • 260 miles of estimated range

  • Performance w/ 48.6-kWh Battery:

    • 133 horsepower

    • 188 lb-ft of torque

    • 197 miles of estimated range

  • Supported Charging Infrastructure:

    • Available 400V with 64.8 kWh Battery

  • Charging: Approximately 10% to 80% in 43 minutes with fast-charging capability

  • Vehicle-to-Load Maximum Power Output: 1.7kW

  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine

    • 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm

    • 132 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm

    • Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)

  • 1.6-liter 4-cylinder Direct-injected, Turbocharged Engine

    • 190 horsepower at 6,000 rpm

    • 195 lb-ft of torque from 1,700-4,500 rpm

    • Eight-speed Automatic Transmission

  • Wheelbase: 104.7 in.

  • Length: ~171.5 in. (varies by model)

  • Width: 71.9 in.

  • Height (w/roof rails): ~62.2 in. (varies by model)

  • Headroom (w/out sunroof): 39.9 in. (front), 38.3 in. (rear)

  • Legroom: 41.7 in. (front), 36.4 in. (rear)

  • Shoulder room: 56.8 in. (front), 55.2 in. (rear)

  • Trunk space: 25.5 cubic feet

  • EV Front storage volume (frunk): 0.95 cubic feet

  • Maximum EV Driving Range (Hyundai internal estimate): 260 miles (i) (internal estimate w/ 64.8 kWh battery)(final range to be confirmed at a subsequent date)


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