Electric Version: 260 Miles Range
The eagerly awaited Hyundai Kona is finally here, showcased at the 2023 New York Auto Show with several distinct engine options. Unfortunately, the hybrid version that was available in Europe will not be made available in the States. When it comes to a combustion motor, purchasers of the Kona have their choice of two 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, the power of which varies depending on trim level. On the base models, you’ll find the same 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque engine employed by its predecessor, partnered with a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission.
Opting for the new N Line or Limited trims brings you a 1.6-liter turbocharged motor rather than the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder one. This fresh power source is estimated to give 190 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, however this figure is slightly lower as compared to the old one — likely to enhance the low end response, in similar fashion as the Honda Accord achieved. The turbo engine is paired with either an 8-speed automatic transmission or the ongoing 7-speed dual-clutch system. Front-wheel drive models arrive as standard, whilst having an all-wheel drive running gear is an option. There are presently no insights about a Kona N performance trim, with gossips pointing towards an entirely electric variant.
Back again comes the Hyundai Kona Electric, giving a cost-conscious EV experience that is below the Ioniq models in reimbursement. At this point, we have the details on its battery pack which is 64.8 kWh to produce a 260-miles range as per initial experimentation (possible change with EPA evaluation). A 48.6 kWh battery alternative will also be presented having a 197-mile assortment. With an aim to decrease costs compared to the 800-volt e-GPM cars, the Hyundai Kona Electric employs a 400-volt quick-charging system which can cover 10-80% charge in roughly 43 minutes.
The electric propulsion system propelling the front axle is powered by a single battery, with output of 201 hp and 188 lb-ft torque when larger sized, or 133 hp with unchanged torque with the more compact variant.
The Kona has gone up in dimensions, meaning there is a lot more space in the interior for people and items. Except for this extra room, the furniture inside is much classier and advanced with two 12.3-inch screens powered by Hyundai’s 2nd generation infotainment platform that can make over-the-air fixes. Additionally, Hyundai crafted the shift-by-wire gear selector, very similar to what you would find in the Ioniq series of models, allowing it to be relocated from the center console to a stalk right behind the steering wheel so that the middle console can contain a holder for drinks/space for storage.
Hyundai has not released any information regarding pricing yet; however, these figures are expected nearer to the time of sale. The conventional petrol-powered Kona model is set to show up in showrooms during the summer with the electric option following in the autumn.