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5 things to know about the 2024 Hyundai Kona

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Hyundai revealed the second-generation 2024 Kona at the New York International Auto Show, and it has an interesting lightbar designed into the front of the vehicle, a multitude of powertrains as well as some interesting tech. Here are the five most important things to know.

There will be an N Line but no N

In addition to keeping the straight base gasoline option, the 2024 Hyundai Kona will also add an N Line and keep the EV. The base powertrain will be a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The up-level N Line gets the 1.6-liter turbo that delivers 190 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. While this is a let-down from the previous 276-horsepower N, it should still be well powered, and we can hold out hope that an N might still be in the works.

The EV with the long-range battery is the power winner in the group with a 64.8 kWh battery and 201 horsepower.

EV range of 260 miles

One of the more interesting things about the 2024 Hyundai Kona is that it followed an EV-to-ICE development process, meaning the new Kona was designed and engineered for the electrified powertrain first. This affected the design certainly – for aerodynamics and attitude – as well as some of the very tech-forward features we see, including the ability to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates.

The Kona EV will get 400V fast-charging capability, which means it can go from 10 to 80% in approximately 43 minutes. The 64.8 kWh battery will deliver an estimated 260 miles of range, while the standard-range 48.6 kWh will deliver an estimated 197 miles of range.

The Kona EV will also have one-pedal driving and a frunk as well as vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality with the ability to power devices like electric bikes and camping equipment.

Lots of tech

The 2024 Hyundai Kona for its small package is a very tech forward vehicle, including things like dual 12.3-inch panoramic display screens, the ability to use your phone as the key, an available 360-degree camera display, an available Bose premium audio system, ambient lighting, USB-C charge ports, available wireless charging and a WiFi hotspot.

The 2024 Kona also has all available Bluelink+ services, which are complementary for a year. Bluelink+ Basic features, which were previously a part of the Connected Care Package, are now free for the life of the vehicle.

2024 Hyundai Kona

Cool safety stuff available

Tacked on to the already plentiful tech availability, Hyundai adds a lot of standard and available safety tech you don’t normally see in the small SUV segment. Standard features include forward collision avoidance, lane centering and adaptive cruise control.

Available features include blind-spot monitoring, high-beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking and a safe-exit warning. The really cool things available on the 2024 Hyundai Kona include blind view monitoring and “smaht pahk.”

Starts arriving this summer

The gasoline versions of the 2024 Hyundai Kona will start arriving this summer, however we’ll have to wait until fall to see the EV. There is no word on pricing or if the EV will be available in all states. The current Kona EV is only sold in 26 states, so we imagine the 2024 model will start in the same locations with an eventual national rollout.

Pricing for the 2023 Kona starts at $22,140 for the gas model and $33,550 for the EV. We can’t imagine prices rising considerably over these numbers. So, I’d expect around $24k for the base gas model and $35k for the EV.

The bottom line

The Kona is a great little SUV a lot of people don’t think about, and it looks like the 2024 model just got better. With the tech-forward design and a lot of safety features, this could be the new “it” car for first-time drivers.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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