Hyundai has revamped the Kona crossover for the 2021 model year (2022 in the USA).
The model got updates inside and out, a mild-hybrid technology and a warm N-Line version. The latter tops the range now, until the hot Kona N will eventually arrive.
The carmaker considerably redesigned the Kona’s front end: it has wider LED daytime-running lights, a new grille design, a contrasting silver skid plate, and a lengthy hood.
The new vehicle is 40 mm longer than before. At the rear, you’ll see fresh brake light designs and a contrasting lower bumper matching the front.
The cabin gains an electronic handbrake, ambient lighting, new color and material choices, colored speaker and vent surrounds.
The refreshed Hyundai Kona offers a new dashboard layout with a digital gauge cluster and a larger optional 10.3-inch infotainment screen.
The base screen grows from 7.0 to 8.0 inches. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. There is more rear legroom and cargo space. Heated rear seats and USB ports are newly available.
Compared with the predecessor, this Kona is more refined and has better ride quality due to suspension retuning, recalibration of the steering system and the tire upgrade.
Europe-spec cars will offer a mild hybrid 48V technology for a base gasoline 1.0-liter 120-hp engine, and a 1.6-liter 136-hp diesel option mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox or the brand’s new Intelligent Manual Transmission.
As before, the new Hyundai Kona Hybrid combines a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor to deliver 139 hp.
U.S.-spec standard Kona is likely to continue with its naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 147-hp inline-four.
Hyundai Kona N-Line
A Hyundai Kona N Line modification (red in photos) has joined the model’s lineup. It brings some N-performance tweaks, such as aerodynamic body kit, a distinctive mesh air intake design, a contrasting rear diffuser, bespoke wheels, and a dual-tip sports exhaust.
The black interior is complemented with contrasting red stitching, metal pedals and N logos.
The engine the N-Line version received is a turbocharged 1.6-liter 195-hp inline-four with the 7-speed DCT. This is 20 hp more than the current Kona with the same engine offers. The mill comes either with two- or four-wheel drive.
The new Kona will reach European dealer showrooms at the end of this year. The Kona PHEV will arrive next year. The updated Kona Electric is in the cards too, Hyundai will reveal it later on.
We’ll know more about the Kona for the U.S. market in late 2020 – early 2021. Most likely, it will be available there next year as a 2022 model.