We have first spy shots of the next-gen Hyundai Kona electric thanks to our colleagues at ShortsCar who spotted it in South Korea.
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 both 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.
Even if there is still a lot of camouflage on the car, we are pretty sure that the new Kona will get some styling influences from the bigger Tucson.
Some rumors say that this new 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 on our earlier photos was showing a digital screen in front of the driver and this time we can see that it will be in the same size as in the Ioniq 5 by the looks of it. We can also see the vents under the screen just as we find on the Ioniq 5 indicating that many new Hyundai models, including the Kona, will follow that design language for the interior.
The debut should take place in 2023.