Hyundai is producing buzz within the electrical car (EV) world with the much-anticipated launch of the 2024 Hyundai Kona EV. In a latest announcement, the South Korean automaker shared a wealth of details about this next-generation electrical automotive, from its glossy design to its improved battery capability and options.
The 2024 Kona Electric boasts a refreshed design that emphasizes aerodynamics and fashionable aesthetics. Notable adjustments embrace a cleaner front-end design with a full-width LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) and a extra streamlined nostril. Designers have included components from the Ioniq 5, reminiscent of sculpted wheel arches and parametric design themes on the facet profile. While there’s a nod to its bigger sibling, the Kona Electric maintains its distinctive id.
One of the spectacular upgrades is its improved aerodynamics, with a lowered drag coefficient of 0.27, enhancing its effectivity. The car is bigger than its predecessor, measuring 171.5 inches in size, 71.9 inches in width, and 62.2 inches in top. The inside house additionally advantages from these adjustments, with a spacious 25.5 cubic ft of cargo capability, though the entrance trunk (frunk) supplies a extra modest 27 liters of house.
The 2024 Kona Electric encompasses a barely bigger battery pack, rising from 64 kWh to 64.8 kWh. Despite this incremental enchancment, the vary estimates stay impressively near the earlier mannequin, with Hyundai’s preliminary testing suggesting a 260-mile vary, simply two miles greater than the present technology’s 258-mile EPA vary. The commonplace battery variant is projected to supply 197 miles of vary.
Charging occasions have seen a modest enchancment, with a ten% to 80% state of cost (SoC) achievable in 43 minutes utilizing 400V Level 3 DC quick charging. Additionally, for these in colder climates, battery pre-conditioning is out there to optimize efficiency.
The powertrain specs stay in line with the earlier mannequin. The long-range model of the Kona Electric comes geared up with a entrance axle-mounted electrical motor that delivers 201 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. The commonplace vary variant provides 133 hp and the identical 188 lb-ft of torque.
Hyundai has launched a number of new options to boost the driving expertise. These embrace vehicle-to-load performance, offering a most energy output of 1.7 kilowatts. A Smart Regenerative system adjusts brake vitality regeneration in real-time based mostly on site visitors situations. The inside has been upgraded with ambient lighting and body-colored accents, whereas a twin 12.3-inch panoramic display setup now adorns the gauge cluster and infotainment system, providing improved usability and aesthetics.
Enthusiasts within the United States can stay up for ordering the 2024 Kona Electric in late fall 2023. Pricing particulars are anticipated to be launched nearer to the launch date, however it’s anticipated to begin in an identical worth vary because the outgoing mannequin, which started at $33,500, excluding taxes and costs.
Production of the 2024 Kona Electric will happen in Hyundai’s Ulsan, South Korea plant, catering to the North American market, whereas one other manufacturing facility in Nošovice, Czechia, will serve the European market. This announcement follows the profitable wholesale cargo of almost 40,000 models of the Kona Electric within the first half of 2023, reaffirming Hyundai’s rising presence within the EV market, with the Ioniq 5 main the cost.
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