It appears that Korean automakers can't seem to get enough of dark-themed cars. And no, there's nothing really socio-political about this recent trend automotive trend (that we know of) in light of recent events. It just so happens that cars with blacked out features and details just look... good.
Just a few days ago, Kia unveiled the Telluride Nightfall Edition. It swaps the shiny bits for predominantly dark accents which can be paired with colors such as Ebony Black. Now, Hyundai has joined the dark-themed car craze with the 2021 Kona Night Edition. Set to be released soon, the special edition crossover dons a dark-colored exterior and blacked-out trim pieces. Hyundai has yet to release the exact details about the car, but based on the images, the Kona now comes with an all-black front grille, as well as black side mirror caps.
The chrome trim normally seen on the rocker panels, tailgate, and on the bumpers have been removed to keep with the dark theme of the Night Edition. But perhaps serving as the most striking exterior upgrade on this particular Kona are the new 18-inch Rays aluminum wheels finished in semi-gloss black.
The interior of the Kona Night Edition also gets the familiar black treatment – with the door handles and door switches getting a gloss black finish. Meanwhile, a shiny set of aluminum pedals provide a nice contrast against the dark-themed cabin.
Under the hood, the Night Edition is powered exclusively by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It puts out 175 PS at 5500 rpm along with 264 Nm of torque at 1500 – 4500 rpm. Power is then sent to wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Other details regarding the Kona Night Edition remain a mystery, for now. But the automaker did mention that this particular Kona will come in three distinct colors; Galactic Gray (as seen here), Ultra Black, and Chalk White.
Will the Kona Night Edition be offered here soon? So far, it looks like the special edition crossover will only be launched in the US market in limited numbers. There are no mentions yet if markets outside the US will receive the stylish blacked-out Kona in the future.
Perhaps Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai in the country, could come up with a blacked-out special of their own by borrowing styling cues from the Night Edition.
With blacked-out cars seemingly growing in popularity once more, we won't be surprised if more automobiles will be available with a dark theme like the Kona Night Edition.