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Hyundai has revealed the second generation KONA, which will be placed between the Tucson and Bayon models in the brand’s line-up. A sporty N Line will top the four versions that will be on sale, with the list completed by EV, ICE and HEV models. 


While individual powertrain details are not yet known, Hyundai has said that the SUV has been built from the ground up using EV-based architecture. This has then been reimagined to suit the purposes of the specific ICE, HEV and N Line models. Each will also offer their own stylistic quirks. 


The EV will adopt pixelated graphics along the intake grille and rear bumper, with the same creative design inspiring the 19-inch wheels. A blacked out roof and side mirrors are also optional extras. 


Meanwhile, the ICE and HEV versions will sport a rugged bumper and skid plate design. The sculpted black wheel arch cladding will also reference the car’s robust underpinnings, with part of the SUV’s head and taillight structure also forming a section of said cladding. 


The range-topping N Line editions will feature a more assertive front and rear bumper design, with an emphasis on its lowered ride height. A wing-like spoiler, pugnacious 19-inch alloy wheels, a twin muffler exhaust and a silver side skirt complete the KONA N Line’s distinguishable features. 


All KONA models will accommodate a stretched, pixelated Horizon Lamp headlight design and taillight bar - the latter of which will also utilise a high-mounted stop lamp. A satin chrome strip will stretch from the belt line to the spoiler, creating a contour ring that circles around the side window sections of the car. 


In order to maximise cabin space, the all-new KONA has grown by 150 mm in length and 25 mm in width over its predecessor, in addition to 60 mm in wheelbase length. A floating horizontal C-Pad can be seen supporting 12.3-inch dual wide displays, minimising interior clutter and opening up room for other uses. Ambient lighting illuminates the interior, which also contains a Curve-less Bench for rear seat passengers. 


SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Centre, said: “Upscaled with KONA's unique character, the all-new KONA confidently expresses its bold and dynamic presence. KONA has evolved in every respect to embrace an even wider range of diversity, to become a true lifestyle supporter."


The futuristic design template sees Hyundai take a new approach, building on its growing line-up of EV offerings. It recently announced that it, alongside its luxury sister brand Genesis, will look to offer 17 new electric cars by 2030. 


Pricing has not yet been announced for the second generation KONA, but we do know that it will arrive in 2023.

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Shafiq Abidin 20/12/22