2024 Hyundai Kona powertrains come into focus

The 2024 Hyundai Kona is significantly different from its predecessor, with its expanded size and Ioniq-inspired interior. But it seems to be pretty much the same under the hood. Hyundai revealed powertrain details specifically for the Korean-market Kona – and likely for the U.S.-market version – and all the internal-combustion engines are the same as what we’ve seen in the U.S. model.

The base engine remains the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It continues to use a CVT to send power to the wheels. Available as an upgrade is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai didn’t specify a transmission, but it will almost certainly be the familiar seven-speed dual-clutch.

While the Kona hybrid is a new addition, the powertrain doesn’t seem to be. It’s a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor and six-speed automatic. With 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, it’s pretty clearly the same unit from the Hyundai Elantra hybrid and the Kia Niro hybrid

One Kona variant is still lacking details, and that’s the Kona Electric. Hyundai said it will have more information on that in March. Odds are, it will continue to use the same 201-horsepower front-mounted electric motor as the current model, which is also in the Kia Niro. It could get a bit more battery capacity like the Niro, too.

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