A few days ago we showed you up the first look inside and out of the all new Hyundai Kona (Codenamed as SX2) slated for 2023, thanks to our colleagues at CarPIX. Today we have new details of the 2nd generation, that as with the second gen Kia Niro, will use the same engine line-up despite adding the 3rd gen platform.
By the looks of it the next generation Kona will grow slightly but it will keep the familiar look. The Kona was the brand’s first model featuring the split headlamps, and the second-gen model is set to carry the feature forward. However, while the model started off with horizontal lower lamps, the 2023 Kona could have vertical lower (main) lamps, as seen on Palisade, Tucson, and other recent Hyundai SUVs.
The next generation Hyundai Kona is likely to continue offering petrol and all-electric powertrains. In this cased the Kona prototype was a petrol powered version. Its EV sibling is codenamed SX2e EV, with ‘e’ denoting Europe, according to some reports. Also the codename SX2 N Line has been mentioned, indicating that Hyundai will continue to offer the next generation Kona with a sportier styling package and performance enhancements for the enthusiasts.
Recently we confirmed that Hyundai will carry over the same engine line-up as the current Kona. The reason? Well, as you already known Hyundai shut down its powertrain department and focused on Hybrid. We also have seen some prototypes with the same 1.6 Hybrid and DCT transmission combination.
Some rumors say that this new Hyundai Kona could actually replace the i30 family in the Hyundai line-up given the fact that the entire i30 range was outsold by sister brand Kia’s XCEED, a crossover that shares Hyundai Motor Group’s K series platform with the i30. People wants crossovers and SUV’s as for now and that’s not likely to change in a while.
A quick view into the cabin for the first time shows a digital screen in front of the driver and a new steering wheel design, but its hard to see how big it will actually be. The rest of the interior is pretty much covered.
The engine range is unknown but we already known that it will have a EV variant (codenamed as SX2 EV). The debut should take place in 2023.