New Hyundai Kona Electric SUV is in development, spied testing for the first time

The vehicle is expected to launch in global markets in 2024.

Highlights
  • Hyundai is working on the new Hyundai Kona Electric compact EV SUV
  • The vehicle has been spied testing in Germany in both electric and ICE-powered forms
  • The vehicle could adopt Hyundai’s new design philosophy with a light bar headlamp design 

Hyundai is working on a new generation of the Hyundai Kona Electric EV SUV and it has been spied testing in a fully camouflaged guise. The current generation Hyundai Kona Electric is based on a general architecture that is also available in ICE-powered form and is available in global markets. The Hyundai Kona in India is sold only in its electrified avatar in India and is likely to be that way even in the future. 

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The Hyundai Kona Electric sold in India sits in the sub-Rs 25 lakh price bracket and competes on one end with the newly launched Tata Nexon EV MAX and the MG ZS EV on the other. The Kona Electric sold in India is the pre-facelift model. Hyundai is expected to bring the facelifted Kona EV to India soon as it is already on sale in global markets. 

Hyundai Kona EV launch, price

The next generation Hyundai Kona has been spied on test, albeit completely disguised, and not much can be understood about its exterior design details. The test mules were spotted testing outside Hyundai-Kia’s technical centre in Germany. The Hyundai Kona Electric that was spotted looked fairly similar to its ICE-powered siblings that were caught on camera earlier. The vehicle is expected to launch in global markets in 2024. However, there is no word on Kona Electric’s India launch.

The current generation Hyundai Kona EV is available in two variants, a single-tone colour and a dual-tone colour option, prices of which are Rs 23.8 lakh and Rs 24 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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However, a closer inspection would reveal subtle differences that are specific to the electric model. The nose of the car gets an opening presumably for the charge port, much like the current generation model. The front fascia also seems to be devoid of any openings, a very electric car trait as there’s no engine up front that needs cooling. Small ducts, however, might be present to help cool the brakes and other mechanicals. 

Features (expected)

The Hyundai Kona Electric will take design cues from the Korean car maker’s current design language. It’s expected to wear radical design choices and get many smaller design details. The front-end lighting might include a light bar and a trapezoidal main headlamp unit mounted on the bumper that looks similar to the Stargazer MPV.

Hardware might include a 200 bhp motor paired to a 65kWh battery pack, as seen on the Kia Niro EV SUV. The Kona Electric will boast of a 400+km range on the higher-end variants. Hyundai might also install smaller battery packs for lower variants.