And an all-electric version with 260 miles of range.
The 2024 Hyundai Kona has landed at the 2023 New York Auto Show with three distinct powertrain options. Sadly, the Kona hybrid that was shown for Europe is not coming stateside. On the combustion side, there are two four-cylinder engines available depending on trim level. Lower trims get a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine producing 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, the same as the previous model. As before, power goes out via a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission.
Upgrading to the N Line or Limited trim swaps the 2.0-liter four-cylinder for a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit with an estimated 190 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. That latter number is actually down five from the outgoing model, likely to increase torque delivery on the low end, which is similar to what Honda did with the new Accord. The turbo powertrain gets an eight-speed automatic transmission and the seven-speed dual-clutch that is currently used. Front-wheel-drive is standard but all-wheel-drive is available. There is no mention of a hotter Kona N, and rumors suggest that model could go fully electric.
Along with the gasoline variants, the Hyundai Kona Electric makes its return, delivering a less expensive EV experience that will slow below the Ioniq models. We now have specifications on the battery pack, which measures 64.8 kWh and yields a 260-mile range based on preliminary testing (EPA numbers may vary). A smaller 48.6 kWh battery variant will also be available with a 197-mile range. In an effort to save costs compared to the 800-volt e-GPM cars, the Kona Electric features a 400-volt fast-charging architecture that goes from 10-80% charge in around 43 minutes.
The battery drives a single electric motor on the front axle, which delivers 201 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque with the big battery or 133 hp and the same amount of torque with the small pack.
The Kona has grown in size, meaning there is more space inside for passengers and cargo. Along with the extra room, the cabin is more upscale and high-tech with dual 12.3-inch screens powered by Hyundai's next-generation infotainment system with over-the-air updates. Hyundai even added a new shift-by-wire gear selector similar to the Ioniq models, allowing it to be relocated from the center console to a stalk behind the steering wheel, freeing up center console space for a cupholder/storage area.
Hyundai did not provide any pricing details, as those will likely arrive closer to the on-sale date. Gas-powered 2024 Kona models arrive at dealers this summer, followed by the Kona Electric later this fall.
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