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Hyundai unveils the technical data of the Kona 2024

As promised, Hyundai publishes all the technical data for the Kona 2024. Remember that during its official unveiling, which was held in Berlin last month, the manufacturer only presented the electric version while remaining discreet on certain characteristics. Here is now all the information for the entire range.

Let’s start with the Kona electric which, in all likelihood, now acts as a war horse for this second generation of the model. Powered by a nickel-based liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with a usable capacity of 64.8 kilowatt hours, it promises a range – estimated according to the manufacturer’s evaluations – of 418 kilometers. If this information is true, it would be an increase of 3 kilometers compared to the outgoing model.

However, it should be noted that this Kona is beefier than its predecessor. For example, its wheelbase has been lengthened by 60 millimetres, to 2,660 millimetres, while the overall length has increased from 4,205 to 4,350 millimetres. This of course has an impact on the cargo space, which goes from 543 to 723 litres, with the seat backs in place.

Another interesting fact about this electric Kona is that although its power remains comparable to the old model, at 150 kilowatts (or the equivalent of 201 horsepower), its torque drops considerably. We go from 291 to 188 lb-ft.

Hyundai could have taken this decision to improve the actual autonomy of the vehicle, but also to make it more pleasant to drive on a slippery surface. Being a front-drive model, the latest-generation Kona electric had a reputation for lacking traction during the winter months.

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Like the outgoing model, the charging power on a compatible fast terminal still reaches 100 kilowatts. New for this new version, however: the addition of V2L energy transfer technology, allowing the vehicle to power electronic accessories, another electric vehicle and even a house, at a power of 1.7 kilowatts.

Hyundai Kona 2024

Status quo for thermal versions

As for the thermal versions of the Hyundai Kona 2024, the manufacturer is going there in continuity, that is to say that nothing changes on the technical level. Entry-level models will still be powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Its power is estimated at 147 horsepower, while the torque is 132 lb-ft. This engine is always paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that the manufacturer calls IVT. Consumers will still be able to opt for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Then comes the N-Line version, only offered with four-wheel drive and which includes some sportier aesthetic elements. Like the old model, it is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine developing power that drops slightly, from 195 to 190 horsepower. Torque, however, remains the same at 195 lb-ft, but now activates at 1,700 rpm instead of 1,500.

Hyundai Kona 2024

Another technical alteration, this engine is no longer mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, but rather to an all-new 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Finally, regarding the N version; radio silence. According to what we understand from the information shared during the launch of the Kona in Berlin, the manufacturer does not seem to have the intention of renewing this version for a second generation. Hyundai will instead bet on the electric IONIQ 5 N, expected by the end of the year.

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Hyundai is taking advantage of the New York Auto Show to unveil the full range of the 2024 Kona. However, we will have to wait a while longer before knowing its price range. We would expect to receive this information around July, when the manufacturer plans to introduce the vehicle in our market.

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