Hyundai Kona Spied Towing A Trailer Almost Twice Its Size

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Maybe the new car will have a better towing capacity?

The Hyundai Kona is in for some changes, and we have hot, fresh new photos of said changes. From the looks of things, the Kona grows just a bit, but by and large, keeps the look we know. The Kona was Hyundai's first split-headlamp car, a trend that has been seen on many Genesis models and even BMW's latest flagships. Our spies report that the new Kona will continue that trend. We even see a little Genesis GV60 in the front end. As compared to last year's car, the new 2023 model now gets updated vertical lower lamps. That's much more in line with Hyundai's design philosophy.

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In all likelihood, the newest Kona will keep both gas and hybrid powertrains, just like the current one. As of now, this is at least some evidence that the raucous Kona N will survive. At least, until Hyundai decides to kill it like it did the Veloster N (still heartbroken). Our spies say the one we're all looking at here was a gas-powered one, and perhaps it received a power boost of some kind to be able to tow the large trailer seen in these spy shots.

There will also be an electrified version (likely very much like the Genesis GV60) which Hyundai is internally calling the SX2e EV. The spies tell us the 'e' denotes Europe, allegedly, but those reports are unconfirmed. They've also heard mention of an SX2 N Line, again indicating that Hyundai will keep its N-branded Kona models going for a while longer.

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Unfortunately, much of the car is covered in large blankets to keep prying eyes away. We do know the mirrors and roofline aren't going to change much, if at all. None of the aforementioned parts of the car were seen with camo. The current crop of rumors says that the new Kona could entirely replace Hyundai's i30 family of cars. Again, that would mean the death of another N-branded Hyundai hot hatch (further heartbroken).

Regardless, from the look of things, the revised interior will get the screen setup from the Ioniq 5. Our spy photographers say they could also see vents under the screen like those in the Ioniq 5. For now, we expect a 2023 debut for the new model.

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