Hyundai has significantly updated the Kona SUV (US version) for the 2022 model year.
An all-new sporty N Line trim joins the lineup.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona receives a fresh exterior design, an enhanced, more efficient powertrain, connectivity and convenience upgrades, improved safety suite with new active and passive safety features. Suspension updates enhance ride comfort and responsiveness.
The Hyundai Kona N Line stands out through its sporty front and rear end with dynamic front bumper and real diffusor, body color cladding, specific diamond-cut 18-inch alloy wheel design; an N design aerodynamic lip, larger and more technical air intake.
The N Line interior offers a dedicated color package with black seats and distinctive red stitching, black headliner, metal pedals, N logos on surfaces.
Three is a choice of two gasoline powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine develops 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, pairs to a new Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).
The N Line and Limited trims come with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbo engine that generates 195 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a retuned 7-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
The Hyundai Kona Electric powertrain comprises a 150 kW (201 hp) electric motor and a high-voltage 64- kWh lithium-ion battery operating at 356 V.
The motor delivers 291 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. The estimated MPGe is 132/108/120 (city/highway/combined).
With a standard Level-II on-board charging system (from 10% to 100% in 9 hours 15 min), capable of a 7.2 kW rate, the driving range is 258 miles based on internal testing.
With a Level-III fast charging, the Kona can charge from 10% to 80% in 47 min using its SAE-Combo charging port.
The new Kona receives many Blue Link Connected Car System enhancements. Blue Link is complimentary for 3 years.
The 2022 improvements include: remote profile management, remote seat heating /ventilation with profile selection, Vehicle Status Notifications, POI Send to Car now with Waypoints, Maintenance Alert Enhancement.
Highway Drive Assist is a new available feature. It helps keep the vehicle in the center of its lane with a specified distance to a leading car. It also makes speed adjustments to the posted speed limits.
Another new feature is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian and cyclist detection that uses a radar sensor in addition to a camera.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), first used on the Kona, is an upgrade from the former function.
Safe Exit Warning (SEW) warns passengers from exiting the car, if it is not yet safe to do so.
Hyundai produces the 2022 Kona, both gasoline and electric, in Ulsan, South Korea. The vehicles will be reaching U.S dealerships this spring.
Source: Hyundai USA