Wednesday, December 2, 2020
News 2021 Hyundai Kona Could Get New Hyundai Santa Fe Grille

2021 Hyundai Kona Could Get New Hyundai Santa Fe Grille

Massive grille could become Hyundai SUV visual signature

  • 2021 Hyundai Kona is expected to get a design update

  • Spy shots show the new Kona could get a similar grille to the redesigned Santa Fe

  • N-Line Variant expected


The upcoming mid-cycle refresh coming to the 2021 Hyundai Kona may be more significant than first expected.

The following spy shots of the new Kona were snapped by the Korean Car Blog and show a Kona with a massive grille similar to the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. The signature grille could become a distinctive design element on the entire lineup of new Hyundai utility vehicles. It will be curious to see how the large grille will work on a smaller SUV like the Kona, however.

We can see from the shots that the Kona likely keeps its sharp LED top lights while its headlights positioned below look to be three LED blocks. New taillights are also expected as well as a new interior.

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The Kona hit the market in 2018 and has been a massive hit for Hyundai. Offered with two combustion engines including a turbo as well as en electric version, the Kona is one of the best-selling subcompact SUVs in its segment. It does face a slew of new competitors, however, like the Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30.

2021 Hyundai Kona refresh
2021 Hyundai Kona refresh | Source: The Korean Car Blog

An update will give it the tools to compete with newer models. Hyundai may also look to up the sportiness factor with a new N-Line variant of the 2021 Hyundai Kona.

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