2022 Hyundai Kona Arrives With New Looks, N Line Variant
Hyundai showcased a number of updates for its subcompact Kona on Tuesday without minimizing the funkiness it’s already famous for. In fact, the Korean crossover might even have a little more personality than it did before.
While the grille has been reduced in size and some of the hard edges rounded off, it remains impressive how many interesting little details Hyundai managed to tack onto the front of this thing without turning it into an eyesore.
Still too busy for you? That’s understandable. But know that Hyundai is offering an N Line variant that ditches the contrasting plastic cladding for color matching body panels that make the 2020 model almost look like a regular hatchback. As an added benefit, it also offers enhanced performance via the all-new 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream engine making a claimed 197 horsepower.
The N Line also comes with 18-inch wheels and a tweaked steering ratio. But for those who prefer the black trim and a lower price tag, and don’t mind a car making around 20 hp less, Hyundai will continue offering a more SUV-like base model. The standard touchscreen has grown to 8 inches, with a 10.2-inch version available that makes use of the latest software. All upcoming Konas benefit from a smidgen more rear legroom — according to the manufacturer.
Hyundai is also offering both the older 1.6-liter diesel and 1.0-liter gasoline engines with 48-volt hybrid technology, but that’s for the European market. Details on the North American version were sadly absent this week, forcing us to guess as to what exactly will hit our territory. Neither of the previous two units seem a good fit for the United States, leading us to wonder if the automaker will stick with the 2.0-liter MPI as the base or perhaps downgrade the current 1.6-liter GDI found in the top-trimmed Konas of today.
The rest of the car seems to have gone more or less unchanged, minus a handful of driver assistance features. Kona’s adaptive cruise control will soon include complete stop-and-go functionality and an Intelligent Speed Limit Warning system that reminds you when you’re exceeding posted limits. Europe can expect to see the refreshed Hyundai Kona at the tail end of 2020, with an updated hybrid model following in early in 2021.
Meanwhile, we’re hoping to hear something concrete on U.S.-spec models soon.
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Not exactly my cup of tea, but an improvement over the current plastic-cladded face (the hybrid is the one trim that eschews the cladding), in particular the N-Line.