2024 Hyundai Kona Will Grow Larger but Doesn’t Gain Power
The 195-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four and 147-hp 2.0-liter engines carry over, and the Kona hybrid appears to share its powertrain with the Kia Niro.
Hyundai’s new 2024 Kona looks a whole lot different than before but doesn’t appear to be as revolutionary underneath. Specs for the new model are out, and the subcompact SUV’s engine choices—a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four and a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four—carry over from the outgoing model. We’re still waiting on details for the U.S. model, which will confirm whether the Kona’s hybrid model will make its way to our shores.
The base engine will remain a 147-hp 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. A more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four will be available, likely on the sportier N Line model, and produces the same 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque as before. Hyundai has yet to confirm the transmission for this model, but it previously used a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. We’re hoping that the raucous 286-hp Kona N performance model will stick around, too, but we may have to wait a little longer for more information on that.
There’s also a Kona hybrid, but we’re not sure if it’ll be sold in the U.S. or not. Its powertrain, which consists of a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor and produces a total of 139 horsepower, appears to be the same as what’s offered in the Kia Niro. A Kona Electric model will also return, but specs aren’t yet available for that.
In terms of size, the new 2024 Kona is bigger than before, with a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase and a 5.7-inch longer overall length. Hyundai says this improves rear-seat room and cargo space. A few additional photos of the interior show the dual 12.3-inch display screens that will be offered, likely only on higher trim levels.
We’ll learn more about the 2024 Kona later this year as Hyundai divulges more information on the U.S.-spec version of the car. For now, peruse the photo gallery to see what the new generation of the small crossover looks like inside and out.