We spy what looks to be a new variant of the popular crossover.
If you’re looking to buy a Hyundai Kona, you have a few options right now. The gasoline variant of Hyundai’s quirky crossover is available with a highly efficient, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, or a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Alternatively, if you want a greener version, there’s also the Kona Electric, which has an impressive range of 258 miles. However, it looks like a third Hyundai Kona model is on the horizon, as our spies have spotted a prototype of an upcoming plug-in hybrid variant filling up at a gas station and driving away in pure electric mode.
Photos show the prototype masked in camouflage, but there’s very little to hide since we of course already know what the Kona looks like. It’s a similar story inside, as our spies noticed only minor changes inside the cabin including a larger infotainment screen. The buttons on each side of the screen are gone and have moved to the bottom of the screen, which now appears to be purely touch-operated.
As for the plug-in hybrid system, there’s a good chance the Kona will adopt the same system as the Hyundai Ioniq, which has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor that delivers a combined 139 hp and an electric range of 29 miles. No word yet on when the Hyundai Kona plug-in hybrid will be revealed, but it could debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.