The Hyundai Kona crossover is preparing for a generation change. Earlier, the Korean media suggested that the novelty will be transformed into the style of the “space” minivan Staria, and now there is confirmation of these rumors: Carscoops has published a series of spy photos taken during road tests of the next-generation model – in the pictures you can see the narrow front optics with a full-width LED strip, like the Staria.
Judging by the recent spy photos, the next Kona will get new bumpers and a different-shaped radiator grille with triangular elements on the sides. It is already known that a multimedia system display will appear in the cabin, smoothly flowing into a digital dashboard, and in general, the interior will be decorated with an eye on the electric Ioniq 5.
The engine range will include both classic internal combustion engines and an electrified power plant codenamed SX2e, and later the family will be replenished with a “charged” version of N, which is also available in the current crossover.
Hyundai Kona has been on the market for more than five years, and the model experienced the last restyling in 2019. The basic engine for the crossover is the 1.0 T-GDI Smartstream with a capacity of 120 horsepower, which can be combined with a seven-speed “robot” or a six-speed manual transmission, and for an additional fee, it can be equipped with a 48-volt system and an EMT transmission in which the clutch is controlled by wires.
The crossover is also equipped with a 1.6 T-GDI engine (198 forces) and a 136-horsepower 1.6 diesel, equipped by default with a 48-volt starter generator. And with the restyling in 2019, Kona got a full-fledged hybrid installation based on the 1.6 GDI atmospheric engine, which is assisted by a 32-kilowatt electric motor.