Next-gen Hyundai Kona spy photos capture the SUV’s digital interior

Hyundai is very active with prototypes for the next-generation Kona small SUV. These photos mark the second sighting of a test vehicle in less than a week, but this time around our view isn’t limited to the exterior. The camera gets closer to the camouflaged Kona and takes some pictures of the interior. This is our best look yet at what’s going on in the greenhouse.

And what do we see? The Kona goes digital, with what appears to be a single piece of glass covering half the dash. Our sources suggest it could follow a similar format to the layout of the Ioniq 5, with a dedicated driver display merged with the central infotainment display. With heavy covers on the dash, it’s hard to tell whether the screen will be integrated or stand upright as its own entity. The laptop also obscures the passenger side of the dashboard, but we can see air vents and a cluster of controls below the center portion of the screen. It is a similar design to the Ioniq 5.

On the outside, these new spy photos don’t reveal anything we haven’t already discussed. Hyundai continues to fill in the heavy camouflage front and rear with faux panels, making the vehicle look larger than it actually is. However, we expect the new Kona to grow slightly over the outgoing model. The front split headlight design will continue, although it may gain lower lights with a more vertical orientation to fit the current design language of other Hyundai SUVs.

A visible exhaust pipe on this prototype confirms that internal combustion power of some extent will carry over to the next generation. Of course, the Kona is already available with an all-electric powertrain, and our spy sources say a next-generation Kona EV codenamed SX2e is in development. Besides, there would also be a code name SX2n in the mix. Hyundai seems determined to keep the sporty N versions of the Kona.

It is currently believed that the next Kona will debut in 2023. As we have seen with other Hyundai models, it will likely appear first in the South Korean market, followed by global markets.

Betty K. Park