The Hyundai KONA is a subcompact SUV that first came on the U.S. market for the 2018 model year. Since then, it’s become a popular choice for car buyers itching to go electric. And unlike other automakers, Hyundai’s focus on the electric-first manufacturing method puts the KONA at the top of the list for electric vehicle (EV) innovation, quality, and affordability. If you’re wondering what changes to expect, get the details on going electric in this 2024 Hyundai KONA overview.
2024 KONA Trims and Powertrain Options
Although there’s a lot of excitement around the 2024 KONA debut, there’s no news yet on whether the high-performance KONA N will make a comeback for the new model lineup. Additionally, the new hybrid version that Hyundai announced alongside the global KONA reveal isn’t in the plans for the U.S. market — yet. Hyundai did announce that the previous KONA powertrain options carry over to the next generation. So, for KONA’s internal combustion engine (ICE), you get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Unfortunately, the horsepower stays the same as the current model, so you won’t experience lightning-fast acceleration when you hit the pedal. However, the automaker has revealed that it plans to bring back the KONA N Line and Limited trims. These variations get a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, this engine is less powerful than before, with 190 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. A traditional automatic transmission instead of the previous seven-speed dual-clutch automatic also promises to deliver a better overall driving experience.
All-New Exterior Design
The KONA design gets a major overhaul for the new model lineup, featuring a smoother and more modern style while keeping the distinctive lower headlights from its previous iteration. A sleek, full-width light bar spans the front end, replacing the upper light-emitting diodes of the previous generation. This focus on the aerodynamic and EV-driven exterior design is the basis for the Hyundai KONA. This approach to manufacturing means Hyundai developed the platform as an EV first and then adapted it for the gas powertrain, emphasizing the commitment to prioritizing EV innovation.
And as part of the 2024 redesign, Hyundai significantly increased the KONA’s dimensions. The new SUV is 5.7 inches longer with a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase. This gives the KONA a familiar appearance, as it draws inspiration from the style and shape of the Hyundai TUCSON. The rear-end design reflects the front end, featuring lower light units and a captivating side-to-side light bar. For the KONA EV variant, pixilated lights make a distinctive appearance and add to its unique visual identity.
Innovative Technology and Enhanced Infotainment
The 2024 KONA gets major updates to onboard technologies, including Hyundai’s over-the-air (OTA) software system. These OTA software updates promise a seamless and convenient driving experience, enabling you to receive new features, firmware upgrades, maps, and multimedia applications wirelessly — just like an app on your smartphone. With innovative OTA software, you don’t have to sit and wait at the dealer for new updates. Your OTA system does it for you. Both the KONA’s ICE and electric platforms come standard with Hyundai’s OTA updates, so you always have the latest enhancements at your fingertips.
This impressive SUV also boasts sophistication in tech-focused design, emphasizing its two 12.3-inch displays, which Hyundai seamlessly integrates under a single piece of glass. The display touch screens give you access to the KONA’s newest infotainment system, which actively supports OTA updates to keep the software current. You’ll enjoy an array of new features, including Digital Key 2 Touch, which allows you to use your smartphone as a vehicle key. Additionally, the KONA features a premium Bose audio system, giving you the best that audio entertainment systems have to offer.
Safety and Driver Convenience Features
The 2024 KONA features advanced safety systems to enhance your driving experience. Hyundai carries over the convenience of remote parking with the key fob, a handy blind-spot camera, lane-centering assistance, and front cross-traffic warning. These new additions join the impressive lineup of features already available on the KONA. The KONA has you covered, from forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control to the innovative safe-exit alert system.
Hyundai also builds on its Bluelink app technology for the 2024 model year with its updated Bluelink+ remote services. These safety updates provide even more security with remote diagnostics, app support for vehicle monitoring, and vehicle updates.
Interior Comfort and Style
Hyundai significantly enhanced the KONA’s interior design, focusing on spaciousness and comfort. This generation features a flat floor and slimmer front seats, giving passengers more legroom, especially in the second-row bench seats. Hyundai continues its focus on sustainability with breathable materials such as mesh headrests and bio leathers to enhance the overall comfort of the vehicle. Hyundai also created more space by moving the transmission selection buttons to a panel behind the steering wheel. This design choice frees up space for a larger storage area, perfect for accommodating your morning cup of coffee or stashing gear.
The KONA also improves ergonomics with its newly designed steering wheel, which it shares with the heavily refreshed 2024 SONATA. An additional storage shelf on the dash gives you even more room to keep your personal items. The KONA’s all-new exterior design carries over into the interior, with a futuristic and tech-focused style that offers more comfort and convenience.
Are You Ready To Test-Drive a KONA?
From comfort and style to the latest tech upgrades, Hyundai continues to prioritize driver safety and convenience. If you’re looking for your next best vehicle, test-drive a KONA and see what it has to offer. At Huffines Hyundai Plano in Plano, Texas, our friendly team is here to help. Contact us to schedule a test drive and browse our large selection of new and pre-owned vehicles. We’re standing by to answer your questions, guide you through the process, and help you find the perfect match.