2023 Hyundai Kona EV – According to a report by Aju Economy, the Hyundai Kona EV will be subject to a complete model change in 2021. We had never heard of the next-generation Hyundai Kona electric vehicle. Analysts differ on whether the Kona EV should be kept in the market after the second generation. Some believe that Hyundai should use the Kona EV as a step-stone to the Ioniq series. We have already explained that this could be the fate of the small electric SUV. However, there is progress in the second generation.
2023 Hyundai Kona EV Review
The Korean Car Blog has published the first spy photos of the new generation Hyundai Kona. The 2023 Hyundai Kona, codenamed SX2, appears to be larger than its predecessor. These photos were taken in South Korea. The prototype doesn’t appear to have made any significant changes to the design language of the current Kona. It still embodies its crossover proportions, with a high roofline and roof rails as well as a squared-off rear end. The prototype also features new angular ORVMs as well as a machine-cut alloy. The Hyundai Kona 2023 is expected to remain a multi-energy vehicle, with both petrol and all-electric motors. The report also states that the EV sibling, codenamed SX2e EV is being developed. “e” denotes Europe. Another codename is SX2 N Line. This indicates that Hyundai will continue offering the next generation Kona with a sportier styling package as well as performance enhancements for enthusiasts.
There are also reports that the fate of the i30 range is being questioned. According to some rumors, the next generation Kona could replace the i30’s nameplate. The i30 is likely to be scrapped because of a slump in European sales. It comes with multiple body styles, including a hatchback and a station wagon. It is not a rumor that the whole i30 range was outsold in Europe by sister brand Kia’s Xceed crossover, which shares Hyundai Motor Group’s K series platform with i30.
The Kona Electric, which was introduced in March 2018, was a huge success due to its defective software and batteries. Due to manufacturing defects, Hyundai pulled the Kona EV from South Korea’s showrooms after three years. The car’s image was tainted by the replacement of faulty batteries in more than 75,000 Kona Electric Vehicles worldwide. Despite these problems, Hyundai seems to be confident in the future of the EV and has chosen a second-generation family according to the Korean report. Hyundai has not yet made any announcements about the Kona EV’s future generation as of this writing.
Like the Chevrolet Bolt EUV or Chevrolet Bolt, LG Chem’s defective batteries caused major problems for Kona EV. But that doesn’t mean Hyundai won’t choose another supplier for next-generation Kona Electric’s batteries. According to an official from EV batteries, Hyundai will not be able to exclude LG Chem’s products completely from the second-generation Kona Electric because of the existing contract.
2023 Hyundai Kona EV Production & Sales
The Kona EV is a well-known electric car model. However, it will likely be replaced by an Ioniq series model. It is cheaper to produce and comes with better packaging and advanced tech. Hyundai produces the Kona Electric Vehicle at its factory number. 1 at the Ulsan factory. According to the Aju Economy report, production will begin at factory number. The plant also includes 3 more. Hyundai union official stated that “because the track and wheelbases of the Kona Electric and the Ioniq 5 are different, we’re in the process to relocate the line.”
The Kona Electric will eventually be produced in 80,000 units per year at the third factory located at Ulsan. The small electric SUV could be discontinued by Hyundai at factory number. 1, when it switches it to its second generation. This could allow Hyundai Ioniq 5 to be produced at a lower level. 1. Kona Electric is also manufactured by Hyundai in Nosovice (Czech Republic) since March 2020. This factory supplies the European market with Kona Electric. The second generation may see this regional production. Hyundai announced that it had enjoyed another year of growing EV sales on January 18, 2022. The company sold 72,509 electric and fuel cell vehicles, and this year’s 14.1 percent share of European sales was a 26 percent increase over 2020. Hyundai sold 1,429 Kona EVs in South Korea and exported 20,814 units to 2021. The overseas plant sales for 2021 were handled by the Hyundai Motor India (HMI), Beijing Hyundai Motor Company factories, which shipped 121 and 603 units respectively. The Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech production plant moved 22,643 units. This data shows that in 2021, 45,610 Kona EV units were shipped to dealers.
The next-generation Kona EV could be revealed by Hyundai in 2023 and launched towards the end of next year. This gap should allow its cousin, the 2022 Kia Niro EV, enough time to settle in the global markets. It would be interesting to see the specifications of the Gen II Niro EV as these improvements could influence the configuration for the 2023 Hyundai Kona EV.
The 2022 Kona EV (facelift), which debuted in November 2020, went on sale in the U.S. in spring 2021. The car’s price starts at USD 34,000 and will be available for purchase until at least early 2024 due to extensive exterior modifications. Hyundai will introduce several new ZEVs before 2025. The Hyundai Ioniq 6, an economy EV for emerging market markets, will be among them.