- The 2021 Hyundai Kona will be getting a mid-cycle refresh;
- The revamped Kona will launch later this year;
- Could debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Time flies in life in general as in the automotive industry. As recently as 2017, we were getting our hands on a first copy of the Hyundai Kona – the pocket crossover that was coming to the market as a 2018 model – yet, the manufacturer is preparing it for a well-deserved mid-term overhaul.
Already, camouflaged prototypes of the 2021 livery have been seen, which means that Hyundai is already working on finalizing the most recent modifications to the small vehicle, which, it should be remembered, has been very popular in Canada since its arrival.
Don’t expect big changes under the hood, as the two available mechanics were already modern. The electric version, on the other hand, could see its autonomy increase, if only to stay in the frontrunners. We will know a little more when the brand’s strategists launch the 2021 Kona later this year.
However, all indications are that the Kona will become the second vehicle in the North American range to receive the N badge after the Veloster N introduced just over a year ago. If the engineers keep the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo mechanics intact, the crossover will, therefore, be entitled to a power of 275 horsepower (and a torque of 260 lb-ft) under the right foot.
It remains to be seen whether the high-performance crossover will have a manual transmission or a dual-clutch unit and whether engineers will have found a way to include all-wheel drive in the equation.
There should be an official unveiling before the end of the year. Will it be in Los Angeles or even Detroit in June?