Hyundai introduced the updated crossover Kona 2021September 2, 2020
The South Korean automaker has unveiled an updated version of its Kona compact crossover. The car received a modified exterior and interior, as well as an expanded list of options. The start of sales in Europe is scheduled for early 2021.
The most significant changes to the 2021 Kona crossover came in the exterior of the vehicle, where Hyundai completely redesigned the exterior of the vehicle with major changes to the front and rear bumpers. The car received the same design with split headlights, but still its appearance has changed and quite dramatically – a new false radiator grille, new headlights, updated DRLs, new air intakes, a changed Hyundai badge and much more. Similar changes have taken place in the rear of the car – new graphics for the rear lights, updated lighting elements.
The changes in the Kona N-Line sports package are more significant – wider air intakes, body-colored wheel arches, a large rear diffuser, unique 18-inch wheels, an exhaust system with a twin tailpipe.
There are three “nostrils” on the leading edge of the bonnet that help enhance the sporty look of the crossover. The N-Line “package” is available for all powertrains available for the new Kona, but those who opt for the 1.6-liter turbocharged N-Line version with all-wheel drive will receive “special steering tuning.”
The crossover will be available with the 1.6-liter engine introduced earlier this year in the Elantra N-Line. It will develop 198 horsepower from the Kona crossover and is only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Hyundai also offers 1.6-liter diesel and 1.0-liter petrol engines with a 48-volt hybrid engine. Diesel 136 hp can be combined with either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive. The smaller 1.0-liter powerplant develops 120bhp, although it is available without a hybrid system.
Hyundai has redesigned the instrument panel and center console, giving them an airy and spacious layout aided by the electronic parking brake. Kona has received additional screens. There is a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a new optional 10.25-inch infotainment display. The standard screen has also increased from 7 to 8 inches.
There is no mention of a more powerful Kona N. The new Kona and Kona N Line will begin arriving at the company’s dealerships in Europe in late 2020. The Kona Hybrid will arrive in early 2021.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Hyundai wants to start the free sale of electric motors. Hyundai Mobis, which is part of the Hyundai Motor Group family, is going to sell auto components for electric cars to various brands. In the meantime, the company supplies its products only to South Korean car manufacturers – Hyundai and KIA.
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