Hyundai has unveiled its new facelifted Kona subcompact SUV and introduced the all-new Kona N Line variant. The Kona’s exterior design is upgraded with various enhancements that make it even more appealing to customers. At the same time, Hyundai is expanding its B-SUV lineup by launching the sporty all-new Kona N Line.
The new Kona facelift gets design updates, front and rear, which gives the new car a sleek, sophisticated look while keeping its robust signature style. The striking new front-end design stands out with eye-catching, protective cladding panels. This effect is further enhanced by the wide, thin LED DRLs. On the lower bumper, the robust skid plate appears to embrace the lower air intake, and visually complements the shape of the main upper grille. The side body retains the muscular and sculpted shape of the previous Kona.
At the rear, the new taillights feature horizontally stretched graphics. In addition, the latest model comes with updated 17- or 18-inch wheel designs, in addition to 16-inch wheels carried over from its predecessor. Kona Hybrid will be available with the same 16- or 18-inch wheels as before. The new Kona is 40mm longer than the previous model, giving it a sleeker and more dynamic look that complements its wide, strong visual stance.
The Kona gets a redesigned interior that expresses a more upscale and progressive look than its predecessor. An electric parking brake is added as a new convenience feature in response to customer demand. Other enhancements include new ambient light technology that illuminates the center cup holders as well as in the passenger and driver side footwells, and new aluminum finish rings around the speakers and air vents.
The new Kona interior is completed by new colors and materials. New to this model is a 10.25-inch digital cluster, first seen in the all-new i20. In addition, the new Kona also comes with an optional 10.25-inch AVN screen, providing new connectivity features. The new AVN screen also comes with a split-screen function and multiple Bluetooth connections. In addition, Kona comes with the latest Blue Link upgrade, which includes User profile, Last Mile Navigation, Connected Routing, Live Parking Information, and more.
The new Kona is equipped with a range of safety and driver assistance features. Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is upgraded to include the stop-and-go function. Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), available in combination with the DCT, is enhanced too. New to this model is Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), which alerts the driver if they do not react fast enough when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving. Another is Lane Following Assist (LFA), which automatically adjusts steering to assist the driver to keep in the center of the lane.
Another unique feature is Rear Seat Alert (RSA), which alerts the driver if someone or something is in the back seat when they prepare to exit the vehicle. Another safety feature primarily intended for the protection of children, Safe Exit Warning (SEW) is intended to prevent passengers from exiting the vehicle if it is not yet safe to do so. In addition to various other active and passive safety features, the new Kona is now available with eCall, a feature that automatically alerts emergency services if the airbags are deployed or the e-Call button is being pushed.
The new Kona is available in new powertrain options. At the top of the lineup is an enhanced 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers 198 PS. This powerful, sporty powertrain is available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variations. For increased fuel efficiency, the new Kona will be equipped with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. This technology is applied to the 1.6-liter Smartstream diesel engine with 136 PS as standard and is available with a seven-speed DCT (7DCT) or six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (6iMT) as well as optional four-wheel drive. The 1.0-liter T-GDI Smartstream petrol engine with 120 PS can be equipped with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology and 6iMT as an option.
The new Kona is also available as a hybrid option, which was added to the KONA lineup in 2019. This powertrain features a 1.6-liter GDI engine and electric motor with a combined output of 141 PS, paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and with two-wheel drive. The 32kW electric motor draws its energy from a 1.56 kWh lithium-polymer battery. The all-new KONA N Line paired with the 1.6 T-GDI powertrain and four-wheel drive, which has received specific steering tuning to match the character of the vehicle.
Speaking of which, Hyundai has paid a lot of attention to the all-new Kona N Line as well. The Kona N Line stands out through its motorsports-inspired front and rear end, body-color claddings, and diamond-cut wheel design. Kona N Line’s front is characterized by the dynamic features of the front bumper with the body color treatment of the wheel arch claddings.
On the sides, the body color claddings and new rocker panels are complemented by the dedicated 18-inch alloy wheel design. The interior is now available with a dedicated N Line-color package in one-tone black with cloth, leather, or suede seats. In addition, the distinctive red stitching, metal pedals, and N logo on the gear shift and seats all contribute to a sportier look and feel.
The all-new Kona N Line and new Kona will arrive in showrooms in different regions towards the end of the year, while the new Kona Hybrid will follow the beginning of 2021. The new Kona Electric, which will carry over the powertrain and electric driving range of the current version, will be revealed soon.