April 11, 2024

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Every aspect of the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric is better than its predecessor

Every aspect of the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric is better than its predecessor

Here’s the updated Kona Electric


The 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric has made a splash in the small SUV segment in North America. Its “not too expensive” price and quite good operating range have been well received by many new electric car buyers. Introduced in three versions, the 2023 Kona Electric has achieved strong sales for the company to consider an upgrade. Hyundai traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to launch its facelifted 2024 Kona SUV to the media. The second-generation Kona Electric presents itself as one of the most comprehensive packages in the compact SUV segment. Customers can choose between electric and combustion engine powertrain options, including the sporty N-Line version.

The 2024 Kona is already on sale in the United States. For the Kona Electric, you’ll have to wait until late fall. The Korean automaker has clearly stated its plans to introduce 11 new electric vehicle models to the global market by 2030, and the 2024 Kona Electric seems to be an important stepping stone. Hyundai further revealed that this small, rugged SUV is aimed at customers of all ages. Here’s everything we know so far about the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric.

“EV-Specific” Features on 2024 Kona

Hyundai went a little differently when producing the 2024 Kona. Instead of the standard ICE-to-EV platform development process, the Korean company applied an EV-to-ICE development process. This has resulted in a futuristic EV-centric SUV, combining rugged design and innovative technology. It features optional battery pre-conditioning to ensure safe charging and power efficiency in colder climates. It also has front storage space, which is not too common in small SUVs.

You’ll also find :

  • Devices and electrical equipment can be powered by a bidirectional onboard charger.
  • In the front part of the vehicle, active grille shutters play a key role in aerodynamics. To improve the SUV’s aerodynamics, it redirects air away from the front.
  • Drivers using only the accelerator pedal can accelerate, decelerate, and stop their vehicle in i-PEDAL mode.
  • Adaptive regenerative braking system: This system automatically adjusts regenerative braking levels in response to traffic conditions in real time.

 

 

Specs comparison for Kona Electric

2023 Kona Electric Limited

2024 Kona Electric

Max. Output

201 HP

201 HP

Max. Torque

291 pound-feet

188 pound-feet

Estimated Range

258 miles

260 miles

Charging Time

Approx. 10% to 80% in 47 minutes 

Approx. 10% to 80% in 43 minutes

 

 

Hyundai’s 2024 Kona comes with many upgrades

The Kona Electric is equipped with a 64.8 kWh battery that can provide a range of 260 miles. The battery setup also supports 10-8% charging in 43 minutes (approximately) using a 400V fast charger. Hyundai has focused on sportiness when designing this SUV. It excels in aerodynamic performance according to preliminary test reports conducted by Hyundai. The drag coefficient of 0.27 is proof of this. Wheel arch armor and parametric surfaces complement the aerodynamic nose and rear hatch.

Dynamic chrome lines connecting the belt with the rear spoiler and high-mounted central brake light provide ruggedness that goes beyond what we expect from a small SUV. Seamless pixelated skyline lights and pixelated graphics are still the icing on the cake. Digital Key 2 Touch, over-the-air software updates, and Hyundai’s next-generation infotainment system are some of the standout aspects of this SUV.  

Dimensions of Kona Electric

Sportiness on the outside meets luxury inside this electric SUV. Two 12.3-inch panoramic displays remain the center of attraction in this driver-oriented cockpit. The interior is described by Hyundai as a “more spacious living space”. The first row of seats has a floating horizontal C-Pad containing all the panoramic screens. The entire layout of this small SUV emphasizes space and comfort.

2023 Kona Electric Limited

2024 Kona Electric

Wheelbase

102.4 inches

104.7 inches

Length

165.6 inches

171.5 inches

Width

70.9 inches

71.9 inches

Height

61.2 inches

62.2 inches

Headroom

(front/rear)

38.0 / 37.7 inches

39.9 / 38.3 inches 

Legroom

(front/rear)

41.5 / 33.4 inches

41.7 / 36.4 inches 

Shoulder room

(front/rear)

55.5 / 54.5 inches

56.8 / 55.2 inches

Hip room

(front/rear)

53.3 / 52.2 inches

N/A

Cargo Volume

(rear seats up/folded)

19.2 / 45.8 cubic feet

25.5 / 63.7 cubic feet

 

As part of this move, Hyundai has moved the electric gear lever from the center console to the position behind the steering wheel. This will open up more storage space in the open console area. We also benefit from more legroom for rear passengers thanks to 30% thinner front seats. Various ambient lighting features are also available depending on the driving mode, acceleration, or simply the driver’s mood.

Source of info: Topspeed

 

 

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