Hyundai unveils updated Kona and launches new N-Line variant

HYUNDAI has unveiled its newly enhanced Kona small SUV and introduced the exciting new Kona N-Line variant, with the standard model now featuring a bold design update, as well as new 17 and 18-inch wheel options. A Kona Hybrid is planned as well.

Offered in five new exterior colours, including Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Ignite Flame, Cyber Grey, and Misty Jungle, the new Kona will also come in Phantom Black, Chalk White, Dark Knight, Pulse Red and Galactic Grey.

Every colour can be combined with a Phantom Black two-tone roof, with the two-tone roof option also providing matching mirror housings. This contributes to its sporty and sleek appearance and gives customers more options for personalisation and self-expression.

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The new interior is completed by new colours and materials. New seat cover options include a black woven houndstooth design, cloth seats with black and grey embossing, and perforated leather seats in black, beige, or khaki.

With the black woven houndstooth seats, industrial-inspired and modern grains accentuate the fine-spun linear seat trim with its three-dimensional pattern.

With the black and grey cloth seats, sophisticated visuals are created by shadows and dark nuances in several anthracite grey tones.

Optional leather seats show a classy tartan texture that is also reflected in the material perforation. Both the texture and the colours of the leather seats harmonise the dynamic-looking interior.

As an alternative to the dark interior, Kona is also available with a light beige interior trim, accentuating the fresh look seen in the door panels and seats.

With the optional khaki leather seats and the khaki centre console, Hyundai is also offering a natural and premium look as an alternative to the black and beige versions.

The 2021 Kona is equipped with the latest in-car connectivity and technology, including a 10.25-inch digital cluster, and an optional 10.25 inch AVN screen, providing new connectivity features, including split screen and multiple Bluetooth connections.

As standard, Hyundai’s display audio infotainment system grows to 8.0-inches, and adds DAB+ digital radio, as well as wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play. A range of safety enhancements including smart cruise control, with stop-and-go, also feature.

Blind spot collision avoidance, available in combination with the DCT, has also been enhanced. A new feature, eCall, automatically alerts emergency services if the airbags are deployed or the e-Call button is being pushed.

At the top of the new range, the 2021 Kona is powered by an enhanced 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that delivers 145kW. It’s available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variations.

For increased fuel efficiency, the new Kona will be equipped with 48 volt mild hybrid technology.

This technology is applied to the 1.6-litre Smartstream diesel engine with 100kW as standard and is available with a seven speed DCT (7DCT) or six speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT), as well as optional four wheel drive.

The 1.0-litre T-GDI Smartstream petrol engine with 88kW of power, can be equipped with 48 volt mild hybrid technology and 6iMT as an option. The iMT is designed to save fuel by switching the car off and coasting, and restarting in the same gear, when required.

When chosen without mild hybrid technology, the 1.0-litre T-GDI Smartstream engine can be combined with a 7 speed dual clutch transmission or a 6 speed manual transmission and optional four wheel drive.

A hybrid option will again be available, with this power train featuring a 1.6 litre GDI engine and electric motor with a combined output of 103kW, paired with a 6 speed dual clutch transmission and with two wheel drive.

At the same time, Hyundai is expanding its small SUV line-up by launching the sporty Kona N-Line. This attractive entry point to Hyundai’s high-performance N brand is distinguished by signature fascia, body colour claddings and large rear spoiler.

N-Line specific design accents also feature, with the rugged skid plate of the new Kona replaced with a characteristic N-style aerodynamic lip, with low-lying corner fins for a road-hugging appearance.

Larger, more technical air intake features are further distinguished by a unique mesh design and surface treatment. On the sides, the body colour claddings and new rocker panels are complemented by the dedicated 18-inch alloy wheel design.

The interior is now available with a dedicated N-Line colour package in one-tone black with cloth, leather or suede seats. In addition, the distinctive red stitching, metal pedals and N logo on the gear shift and seats all contribute to a sportier look and feel.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona and new Kona N-Line will arrive locally in the first quarter of 2021. The Australian model lineup, final specifications and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Hyundai unveils updated Kona and launches new N-Line variant
2021 Hyundai Kona N-Line interior (overseas model shown)
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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