NEXT STAGE: Freshen in 2021
Hyundai's Kona subcompact crossover is receiving a moderate makeover for the 2022 model year, arriving in the spring with redesigned styling at both ends. The addition of an N Line sport model that deletes the black cladding around the wheel arches in favor of body color. Overall, the N Line has a more "road-oriented" look compared to the rugged vibe of the standard Kona. The Kona N Line is equipped with the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 195 hp from the Limited trim of the standard model. Lower trims of the crossover come with a non-turbo 2.0-liter engine with 147 hp, Hyundai said.
The battery-electric version of the Kona also features a new appearance, particularly at the front.
NEXT STAGE: Addition in 2021
The latest Kona variant comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 276 hp. It's mated to a wet, dual-clutch automatic transmission with eight gears and paddle shifters. Hyundai said the N version will be fwd only for simplicity and to keep pricing competitive.
The Kona performance model also comes with unique interior features that include a new 10-inch infotainment and digital cluster system with an exclusive racing head-up display that adds a gamelike dimension to driving under N or Sport drive modes.
On the exterior, the new Kona model is dressed for the part of hot hatch with a front lip spoiler, a double-wing roof spoiler and side skirts.
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