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2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical will get extra vary, roomier inside

Hyundai revealed international specs for the next-generation Kona Electrical, on its strategy to the U.S. as a 2024 mannequin, and most notably this mannequin is getting sharper-looking and bigger inside—with an extended vary as well.

The brand new Kona Electrical is 171.5 inches lengthy, 71.9 inches large, and 62.0 inches tall general, and it rides on a 104.7-inch wheelbase. Hyundai notes that every of these dimensions are bigger than the outgoing model—and for the sake of passenger and cargo house, that’s 6.9 inches longer general, with the wheelbase 2.4 inches longer than its predecessor. 

The battery pack capability has risen barely, to 65.4 kwh. Hyundai estimates that the Kona Electrical will ship as much as 304 miles of vary on the European WLTP cycle. That determine doesn’t carry over to U.S. EPA vary at any fixed, however it assures a modest enhance in U.S. EPA vary over the outgoing mannequin’s 258 miles. 

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric (global)

2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical (international)

In line with Hyundai, the Kona Electrical can cost from 10% to 80% in 41 minutes. The Kona Electrical now additionally has a vehicle-to-load (V2L) perform that can output about 1.6 kw—adequate for powering a number of gadgets like energy instruments or campsites, or doubtlessly for backup energy of some necessities in an influence outage.

As earlier than, the Kona Electrical is pushed by a single motor on the entrance wheels, making 215 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. Particularly given the upsize, don’t anticipate it to speed up any faster than the outgoing mannequin’s circa-7.0-second 0-60 mph time signifies. 

Regenerative braking is within the anticipated multi-mode kind from Hyundai, together with an i-Pedal mode that (principally) offers one-pedal driving, in addition to a wise regenerative setting. 

The Kona Electrical is once more provided in gasoline or electrical variations, with a hybrid additionally becoming a member of the lineup and but to be detailed. Hyundai plans to supply a sporty N Line model of the Kona in all of its variations—together with the Electrical. 

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric (global)

2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical (international)

Hyundai describes the look of the brand new Kona lineup as “EV-led,” and within the scope of the Kona this primarily means a comparatively low entrance finish with no broad, outstanding grille for any mannequin within the lineup. As a substitute, the emphasis is on a wrap-around take a look at the entrance and rear, emphasizing the horizontal and maybe in individual making this mannequin seem wider. On the entrance, a skid plate and wheel-arch cladding add only a little bit of ruggedness, however that is no SUV by most People’ definition. 

Inside, the brand new Kona follows a extra horizontal look that additionally borrows from the design of the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6—rather more than the Elantra sedan, as an illustration. The Kona Electrical additionally inherits its twin 12.3-inch show screens (touchscreen within the heart) from the Ioniq 5, and it now will get full automobile over-the-air updates, a digital key system, and connected-car providers. A head-up show can also be accessible. 

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric (global)

2024 Hyundai Kona Electrical (international)

Hyundai additionally presents what it calls a Curveless Bench Seat for the second row, with a two-stage latch for rear-seat reclining. Whereas it’s onerous to see from preliminary photographs, the Kona Electrical’s slightly tall roofline may additionally assist present simpler entry to the again seat versus different EVs. Additionally, an influence liftgate is obtainable for the primary time.

A collection of next-generation driver-assist programs has additionally been added, together with a Stage 2 freeway system that automates steering offered the motive force maintains consideration, in addition to an evasive-steering function which works with blind-spot monitoring. A distant parking function can also be accessible.

Hyundai has additionally broadened the vary of coloration mixtures and inside themes on provide within the Kona Electrical—with a black and pink inside reserved for the sporty N Line model. 

The Kona Electrical’s main rival within the U.S. market is probably going going to be the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, a mannequin that is turn out to be rather more compatitive on pricing the previous a number of mannequin years. The EUV begins at $28,795 and can, by the point the brand new Hyundai arrives, possible be eligible for a $3,750 EV tax credit score.

Hyundai hasn’t but revealed U.S. pricing or trim-level particulars, however search for that and extra quickly. It’s anticipated to reach at U.S. dealerships this fall.

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