New Hyundai Kona at New York Auto Show

By CARSIFU | 6 April 2023

NEW YORK: Hyundai has revealed the all-new 2024 Kona Electric, Limited, and N Line models in its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The 2024 all-electric Kona variant offers advanced safety, convenience, and outstanding electric range of 418km, with a 64.8kWh battery.

The Kona Electric, with the 64.8kWh battery, is estimated to recharge from 10% to 80% in 43 minutes with 400V fast-charging capability.

The standard 48.6kWh battery is estimated to provide 317km of range.

The second-generation Kona offers electric and internal combustion powertrains, including a sporty N Line version.

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In an unconventional move, Hyundai developed the new Kona platform with an electrified powertrain first, in line with the company’s accelerated electrification strategy announcement that will bring 11 new Hyundai EVs to market globally by 2030.

The Kona Electric also comes with distinctive elements, including forward “frunk” storage, active grille shutters, exterior Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability, i-PEDAL driving mode, and Smart Regenerative System that adjusts regeneration according to real-time traffic conditions.

With a bi-directional onboard charger, the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) (vi) function can power devices or charge electrical equipment, such as electric bicycles, scooters, camping equipment, or even power necessities during a power outage.

From the front charging port, devices and appliances can be plugged in using an available V2L adapter to use battery power when the car is parked.

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The new i-PEDAL enables a one-pedal driving mode that allows drivers to accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal when desired.

The Smart Regenerative System automatically adjusts the levels of regenerative braking based on real-time data from forward traffic flow, optimizing regenerative braking system efficiency.

The all-new Kona has bigger dimensions and interior volume compared with its predecessor.

As part of Kona’s new ergonomic layout, the shift-by-wire gear selector has been relocated from the center console to a stalk behind the steering wheel, allowing more storage in the open console area.

The layout emphasizes Kona’s larger, wider interior, providing a versatile and comfortable space for driver and passengers.

This impression is further reinforced by the relocation of driver controls around the steering wheel, allowing a multi-use center console storage area with a rotational cupholder design.

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The front seats are 30% slimmer to maximize rear passenger legroom and the second row Curveless Bench Seat also enhances available space.

Even more, a two-stage latching system allows rear seat reclining.

The two petrol powertrains include a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson engine which produces 147hp at 6,200 rpm and 179Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm, paired with a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) for maximum efficiency.

The Atkinson cycle design maximizes the effective cylinder expansion ratio (compression stroke vs. power stroke) for greater efficiency.

The N Line and Limited trims offer a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine generating 190hp at 6,000rpm and 264Nm of torque from 1,700-4,500 rpm for confident acceleration in city driving.

Peak torque delivery starts at only 1,700 rpm and holds through 4,500 rpm, for low-RPM responsiveness in everyday driving conditions.

The Kona 1.6L turbo engine couples to an eight-speed automatic transmission for outstanding efficiency with smooth, seamless shifting and brisk acceleration.

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