2023 Hyundai Kona revealed with EV-led design


Hyundai has revealed the exterior styling of the second-gen Kona SUV—which is expected to go on sale in mid-2023. As you know, the current Kona comes in a variety of flavors; meaning, depending on the market, you can get petrol, diesel, petrol-electric hybrid and even an all-electric variant. Depending on the variant, the styling differs accordingly; the Kona Electric, for example, has a unique styling, as does the Kona N—compared with the regular Kona petrol/diesel. For the new model lineup, the rules have been changed, apparently. The EV variant is gonna dictate the styling and architecture for the ICE, HEV and N Line models.

These renderings are nothing more than “teasers” because Hyundai has reserved additional details for another day. However, we can get a pretty good idea of the design direction the new Kona lineup is taking. The Kona N Line sports a sporty bodykit with black elements, as opposed to the pixel stuff of the Kona Electric. The Kona Electric also has pixels right in the middle of the light bar (dubbed as Seamless Horizon Lamp). Also, notice that the front fascia is mimicked at the rear, and don’t miss that high-mounted stop lamp integrated into the spoiler. But anyway, as you might expect, the new model has grown in dimensions, boasting an extra 60 mm wheelbase. The models shown here ride on model-specific 19-inch wheels.


The EV-derived architecture of the new Kona enables a larger interior “living space”. It appears that the floor in the second row is pretty much flat. The dashboard houses dual 12.3-inch wide displays in a curved panel, plus, you can also notice some ambient lighting oozing out from that cut-out in the middle. The shift-by-wire system has been relocated from the center console to behind the steering wheel to free up space in the center console.

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