2024 Hyundai Kona Revealed As Chevy Trailblazer Rival5
Hyundai has revealed the all-new 2024 Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover, which will continue to compete directly with the Chevy Trailblazer.
The second-gen Kona has a larger footprint than its predecessor; it’s 25 mm wider and 150 mm longer thanks to a 60 mm longer wheelbase.
The 2024 Kona will be available as four distinct variants – EV, HEV, ICE, and the sporty N Line model. During development, Hyundai started with the EV model and adapted the design for the other models, giving each its own unique styling touches despite the shared architecture.
Speaking of styling variations, the EV model will receive pixel graphic details on the intake grille and rear bumper, a pixel-inspired 19-inch alloy wheel design, and optional black side mirrors and roof. The ICE and HEV models will share a more rugged look, with a bold bumper and skid plate design, along with black wheel arch cladding. Finally, the N Line boasts optional black side mirrors and roof, wing-type spoiler, more aggressive front and rear designs with a wing-shaped bumper, distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels, twin mufflers and silver side skirts.
Hyundai has yet to provide powertrain details or any kind of output specifications. In fact, it’s currently unclear if all of the aforementioned variants will be offered for the North American market. As it stands, the current 2023 Hyundai Kona offers three gasoline engine options – an atmospheric 2.0L I4, a turbocharged 1.6L I4 and turbocharged 2.0L I4 – along with the electric drivetrain.
“Upscaled with Kona’s unique character, the all-new Kona confidently expresses its bold and dynamic presence,” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design Center. “Kona has evolved in every respect to embrace an even wider range of diversity, to become a true lifestyle supporter.”
The Chevy Trailblazer will serve as GM’s competitor to the upcoming 2024 Kona. Originally introduced as a 2021 model, the Trailblazer will be sold alongside the all-new 2024 Chevy Trax. GM believes that both models will each attract a different kind of buyer.
Under the hood, Trailblazer is available with two engine options, namely the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine developing 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T gasoline engine, producing 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. As for structure, both the Trailblazer and Trax ride on the GM VSS-F platform.
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The new Kona is 4,350mm in size. On the other hand, the trailblazer is 4,410mm, so Kona is not competitive in size.
What??? Kona is only a little over 2 inches less. Differences in interior space will be far more important when comparing the two.
Its styling is honestly very similar to the front of the latest Chevrolet EVs. It has a horizontal DRL.
This comment stands for all brands today.
I’d hate to see what the replacement costs is for all these front and rear ends with the sensors, pixels, HID’s, etc. And we want to know why our insurance rates keep going up.