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Hyundai Kona Electric Arrives In America For A Second Generation

The 2024 Hyundai Kona has arrived in New York City for its U.S. debut, and the star of the show is the battery-powered Kona Electric. This time around, the Kona Electric will offer two different battery capactities, both delivering different power outputs. Another big change is the small crossover's futuristic styling, with many cues seemingly inspired by Hyundai's Ioniq range of EVs.

Compared to the global model, which was revealed a month earlier, the U.S.-bound Kona Electric boasts the same powertrains and specs, though estimated range differs slightly. The cheapest model features a 48.6 kWh battery paired with one electric motor, making 133 horsepower (99 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque. The other powertrain option includes a larger 64.8 kWh battery and still just one electric motor, although it produces more power output, making 201 horsepower as well as an unchanged 188 lb-ft of torque.

The smaller 48.6 kWh battery pack is estimated to deliver 197 miles of range, but those looking for higher numbers may be satisfied with the 64.8 kWh powertrain, which promises around 260 miles of range. The latter battery also supports fast charging of up to 400V, and is said to charge from 10-80% in 43 minutes.

The Kona Electric also has a one-pedal mode for improved regenerative braking, and the onboard charger now supports bidirectional, vehicle-to-load charging. This means it can power appliances or other items with 1.7 kWh of power at most.

Cargo space has improved as well, since the 2024 Kona is now larger than before. Opening the optional power liftgate reveals 25.5 cubic feet of space, growing by over 6 cubic feet over the outgoing Kona Electric. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo area expands to accomodate 63.7 cubic feet. Also, for the first time ever, the Kona Electric gains a frunk, making for an extra 0.95 cubic feet of extra storage in front.

Hyundai boasts that the second-generation Kona features an EV-first design, hence its spaceship looks. While all Konas, whether gas or electric, receive the futuristic treatment on the outside, the Kona Electric still manages to stay distinct. Up front, it's easy to notice the battery powertrain with a lack of intakes compared to the gas model. The front and rear fascias also feature pixelated elements, as well as exclusive body-color cladding. Speaking of colors, the Kona Electric that was revealed for North America wears a standout shade of neon green, with green accents inside as well. Hyundai also fitted a more aerodynamic set of wheels, featuring bespoke designs that create a drag coefficient of 0.27 cd.

The Kona Electric will arrive a bit late to the party, as the gas models are expected to arrive this summer, while the battery-powered version is due in the fall. Until then, Hyundai says it will announce pricing and other details closer to that date.

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Images: Hyundai


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