In a sea of crossovers, it gets harder and harder to stand out. Hyundai knows that better than anyone, which is why it continues to push the envelope when it comes to design. Granted, the Kona with its quirky looks isn’t for everyone, and it looks like the second generation will also have a bold design. Our spies came in close contact with the Mk2, and this time, the prototype carried a bit less camouflage.
This test vehicle gives the impression that Hyundai will stick with the split light motif on the front and rear. Mounted near the corner of the bumper, the headlights are fully visible. What puzzled us the most were the top three strips in camouflage, just under the hood to meet the bumper. Could it be the light of day hiding behind a disguise?
At the rear, it’s easy to see the separate taillight clusters, one mounted on the tailgate and the other near the end of the bumper to echo the current Kona before and after the mid-cycle facelift. While the side profile looks familiar, the wheel arches are more angled than before, perhaps in an attempt to amplify this little crossover.
Interestingly, the Kona 2024 prototype uses aftermarket wheels, namely Borbet which are small as seen from the sidewalls of the large Continental tires. We confidently say it has a combustion engine rather than an electric drivetrain as we can see the exhaust tucked under the bumper.
While we can’t say for sure, the quarter glass appears to be slightly larger than before, which in almost all cases means the car is longer than its predecessor. Even if that’s the case, don’t expect big changes in terms of overall length and wheelbase. The slight stretch is logical as Hyundai has the same-sized Bayon as its entry-level offering in the crowded crossover segment.
Given that the facelifted model arrives towards the end of 2020, a possible successor will be revealed in 2023, complete with hybrid and electric derivatives.