Last week, we got our first look at the updated Hyundai Kona in the form of teaser photos. Based on what we saw, the 2021 Kona’s front end will look quite different from the outgoing model. Along with the new face, the South Korean automaker also introduced the new N-Line variant, giving the funky crossover a sportier appeal. Now, the covers are off, and we can finally see all that is new with the 2021 Hyundai Kona.
The most significant changes are on the outside. Hyundai has reworked nearly the entire exterior styling of the Kona. Upfront, the two-tier headlight design continues but features a new bumper, grille, headlights, and DRLs. Also, the Hyundai logo is now above the grille. There are similar changes at the rear with a new bumper and taillights. No doubt its more aggressive front end looks good. As for the back, we leave that up to you.
The N-Line package takes the aggressive design up a notch. The Kona N-Line features a different bumper with larger air intakes, new grille, and “nostrils” just below the hood line. No black fenders here as the panels are in body color. Meanwhile, the rear bumper features small air intakes below the taillights and has an integrated diffuser. Unique 18-inch wheels and a dual-tip exhaust complete the N-Line makeover.
The sportier N-Line package is available across the various Kona’s powertrain options. Interestingly, Hyundai says that those who get the N-Line with the 1.6-liter turbocharged mill and all-wheel drive will receive “a specific steering tuning to match the character of the vehicle.”
On the topic of engines, the most powerful of the bunch is the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 198 horsepower. It shifts with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. For those that want something more fuel-efficient, Hyundai is also offering the 1.6-liter diesel and 1.0-liter gasoline engines with a 48V mild-hybrid tech. The diesel mill produces 136 horsepower and, the smaller gasoline engine makes 120 horsepower. Transmission options include a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual gearbox, along with all-wheel-drive.
Meanwhile, the Kona Hybrid receives the same design updates. No changes have been made to the powertrain as total output retained at 141 PS.
To match the exterior changes, Hyundai also updated the Kona’s cabin. Most noticeable would be the new center console design that features a new 8-inch infotainment screen, upgradeable to a larger 10.25-inch unit. The driver gets a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, along with a host of new safety technology.
The 2021 Kona and Kona N Line will go on sale in Europe by the end of 2020. Expect the updated model to arrive in the Philippines late 2021 or early 2022. Hopefully, Hyundai Philippines decides to bring in the Kona N-Line model too.