Hyundai has debuted the all-new 2024 Hyundai Kona, revealing many previously unknown specs and details of the subcompact crossover at the New York International Auto Show.
The gasoline-powered 2024 Hyundai Kona is a direct competitor to the Chevy Trailblazer, while the Kona Electric is a rival to the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. The 2024 model year introduces the nameplate’s second generation, which is about six inches longer and an inch wider than the first-generation Kona, with a slightly longer wheelbase.
The South Korean automaker showcased three versions of the 2024 Hyundai Kona at the show, including the Electric, the Limited, and the N Line. The Electric provides the basic design for the other models, though each is modified to provide it with unique stylistic details.
The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric offers two battery options in place of the single battery available in the first generation. The smaller battery, equipped as standard, is a 48.6 kWh pack, with an estimated 197-mile range. The second, optional power pack is a long-range 64.8 kWh battery providing 260 miles of range per charge according to internal testing by Hyundai. Maximum output for vehicles equipped with the 64.8 kWh battery is 201 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque.
Hyundai says the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric with the 64.8 kWh battery will charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in approximately 43 minutes on a Level 3 fast charger. The EV variant of the Kona also includes regenerative braking and vehicle-to-load (V2L) capacity, the latter enabling powering or recharging personal electronics, scooters, appliances, and tools.
Meanwhile, the gasoline-powered 2024 Hyundai Kona is outfitted with one of two gasoline engines, including an atmospheric 2.0L I4 developing 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, and a turbocharged 1.6L I4 rated at an estimated 190 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
The Chevy Trailblazer is one of the GM nameplates that will compete directly against the 2024 Hyundai Kona. Originally debuting as a 2021 model, the Trailblazer will be sold alongside the all-new 2024 Chevy Trax. Though both are small crossovers from the Chevrolet brand, GM asserts the two vehicles can coexist, with the Trailblazer providing light off-roading capability and the Trax appealing to buyers looking for a practical, sedan-like vehicle.
The Chevy Trailblazer is available with two powerplant options, including the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine rated at 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. Under the skin, both the Trailblazer and Trax ride on the GM VSS-F platform.
The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric will also compete against the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, which are motivated by a 65 kWh battery pack and single front-mounted Voltec drive motor. The combination provides 259 miles (Bolt EV) or 247 miles (Bolt EUV) of range while developing 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Production takes place at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan, while the GM BEV2 platform provides the underpinnings.