Despite the fact that Hyundai has in its Ioniq sub-brand a firm with which to add more value to certain electric cars in its catalog, the Korean firm will continue to launch models under the main brand, Hyundai itself. One of the next will be the Hyundai Konawhich has been seen at street level during its testing phase, also showing part of its interior design.
As witnessed by the spy photographers who took the images, the hunted Kona does not correspond to the electric variant, but to one of the versions with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid internal combustion engine. However, and as it happens with the recently presented KIA Niro, there will be no differences in terms of external image between any of these three variants.
The Kona was the first Hyundai model to use a design in which its headlights were divided into two groups. A feature that has been extended to more models in the brand’s range, and which the Kona will use again in its second generation, as confirmed by the unit that appears in the photographs. And it is that Despite wearing a very thick camouflage, the prototype reveals a frontal design marked by a double headlight.
Another striking fact about this sighting is that the interior of the Kona has been, in part, revealed. Neither the computer, nor the plastics that cover the dashboard and not even the driver himself have been able to hide that Hyundai has followed the same path in terms of interior design of the Ioniq 5with a continuous screen presiding over the upper part of the dashboard, buttons for the most important functions with a metallic appearance, and a steering wheel with square proportions.
As has happened with both the first generation of the Kona and the Niro, as well as in their respective half-life restylings, it is to be expected that the Kona will use exactly the same mechanics with which the KIA Niro has just arrived on the market.
This leads to the fact that in the electric version we will find a battery of 64.8 kWh of capacity feeding a 204 hp electric motor, which should be able to homologate a range of around 463 kilometers achieved by the Niro. The hybrid versions, for their part, will be articulated around 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder petrol block.
There have been several occasions in which Kona test units have been seen carrying out their tests in real circumstances, which indicates that the completion of its development is very close (if it has not already concluded). If everything goes according to plan, the new Hyundai Kona should see the light before the end of the year to start its full commercialization at the beginning of 2023.