2024 Hyundai Kona Electric seen running on California highway
South Korean automotive giant Hyundai’s 2024 Kona Electric subcompact crossover SUV has recently been spotted running on a Southern California highway. While the South Korean manufacturer has already officially released the images of the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric in an official press release, the all-electric subcompact crossover SUV has yet to made it to dealerships. This is the first time when the restyled Kona Electric has been seen in public.
The new Kona’s proportions and styling cues make it stand apart from the previous models, particularly the controversial rear clip with its gate-spanning reflector up high and bumpy taillights down low. The new version of the EV also features body-coloured trim over the wheel arches.
For the 2024 Kona Electric, the manufacturer has revealed a total of three trim levels. The EV seen running on a public highway in Southern California must be a version packed with a standard 48.6-kWh battery pack that is said to be good enough to provide a driving range of 197 miles on a single charge. A 64.8-kWh battery pack will also be offered an option to extend the driving range to an estimated 260 miles between two charges. Regardless of the battery pack, the new Kona Electric subcompact crossover SUV is capable of 400V fast charging that can refill the battery pack from 10 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 43 minutes. When it comes to powertrain, front-wheel drive (FWD) is the only option.
The remaining two trim levels (gas-engine line-up) of the Kona Electric includes the Limited and the sporty N-Line. The Limited trim level variant features the familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder is capable of producing 147 horsepower or an optional 195-hp 1.6-liter turbo. The N-Line gets the turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-pot standard. The turbo engine adds an 8-speed automatic transmission as opposed to a CVT. The all-wheel drive (AWD) comes as an option.
Back to the electric variant, cargo space in the Kona Electric SUV has significantly been increased from 19 cubic feet to 26 cubic feet (with the rear seats up). A bit of extra storage is also available in the frunk. The manufacturer also claims that the new EV will offer more rear-seat legroom than the existing model.
Pricing for the 2024 Hyundai Kona electric is yet to be released. While the gas versions of the vehicle are set to arrive this summer, the electric version will hit dealerships in the fall.