New nose, new design, still funky
Kona getting N Line sport trim for first time
Hyundai’s popular Kona crossover has been on the market since just 2018, but already it’s getting an extensive makeover that’s set to include a heavily restyled front, an extra 40 mm in length, increased interior space, and a load of new interior tech. Plus a new N Line trim coming to help make it a bit more sporting.
If you’re worried that a refresh means the quirky nose of the Hyundai Kona is going away, then we’ve got good news. It is, but in its place is an equally quirky visage, one that better falls into place with the new Elantra but still boasts split headlights and loads of chunky plastic cladding.
The updated model is 40mm longer than before, which Hyundai says enhances the crossover’s stance. We’re not sure where exactly the automaker has put the extra length (in the nose or in the wheelbase) but Hyundai says that it will have more cargo capacity as well as more rear legroom.
There are upgrades in the cabin as well, starting with a new console that creates a wider-looking dash and gets an electric parking brake to save space. New ambient lighting adds a more premium feel, as do a new houndstooth cloth seat design or optional perforated black leather.
Kona gets the 10.25-inch digital dash from the Palisade with a 10.25-inch infotainment display (both optional) and the base screen grows an inch to 8.0. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also new. The safety suite grows to stop and go active cruise, enhanced blind spot collision avoidance, new leading vehicle departure alert (to let you know if you were on your phone and sitting at the green light), and lane centering. Optional forward collision avoidance gets a new sensor added to the camera to increase range and weather condition operation.
Hyundai has retuned the chassis for a smoother ride, but there is also a new N Line that adds a more dynamic front bumper, rear diffuser, new rocker extensions, and a special 18-inch wheel, with N Line interior trim and N-specific steering tuning (the rest of the suspension will be the same as standard). No word yet on any engine changes for either regular or N Line, but Hyundai did say the Kona EV will get the new styling and the same powertrain, to be revealed later. The 2022 Hyundai Kona arrives in the second quarter of next year.