The next-generation Hyundai Kona will go through a growth spurt.

    The second-generation Kona will get a new look inspired by the Palisade and Tucson, and should feature a 1.6-litre hybrid powertrain.

    Hyundai offers the current-generation Kona with hybrid power in Europe and Korea, but not Australia. The sticker pictured below features a “K” on it, suggesting this particular mule is a Korean-market specification.

    It combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for total outputs of 104kW and 265Nm, sent to the front wheels through a dual-clutch transmission.

    Claimed fuel economy is 5.0 litres per 100km, and the 100km/h sprint takes a claimed 11 seconds in the current model. Given the next-generation Kia Niro hybrid has the same outputs, it’s likely the same powertrain will feature in the Kona.

    A brief glimpse at the cabin reveals very little, but it’s likely the Kona will grow for its second generation. The current model is on the smaller side relative to rivals such as the Kia Seltos.

    Rumours have suggested the next Kona will not only replace the current car, it’ll replace the i30 hatchback in some markets.

    Buyer preferences have swung away from conventional passenger cars and aggressively towards SUVs, forcing manufacturers to rethink their lineups.

    The new Kona isn’t expected to debut until 2023.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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