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2021 Hyundai Kona facelift & new Kona N Line unveiled

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted 2021 Kona and the first Kona N Line in the international market. The 2021 Kona facelift comes with a host of changes along with the introduction of the Hyundai Kona N Line which comes with a unique set of styling elements that distinguish the Kona N Line from the standard Kona SUV. The changes are not limited to the exteriors but the new SUV also comes with refreshed interiors as well as changes to its powertrain. 

In terms of design and styling, the 2021 facelift retains the silhouette similar to the outgoing model but feature a new set of headlamps with redesigned LED daytime running lights, a revised grille with a sleeker design giving the SUV a wider fascia, a more pronounced skid plate, the bonnet has also been stretched, the 2021 Kona also comes with a new bumper design that blends with the wheel arches forming a robust and contrasting look from the front quarter. The front apron is also flanked by vertically oriented air inlets that make the new Kona aerodynamically efficient. 

On the side, the new Kona retains its muscular features along with a sporty wedge-shaped silhouette. The 2021 Kona facelift comes with new 17 & 18-inch alloy wheels in addition to the 16-inch wheels that were on the outgoing model. The new Kona also comes with new taillights that feature horizontally-stretched graphics that echo with the front-end light signature. The rear apron also comes with a new bumper that follows the protective armour concept of the front and sides and comes with a contrasting material. 

On the interiors, the 2021 Kona features new colours and material inside the cabin new to the SUV are options such as new two-tone beige leather, black woven houndstooth design, cloth seats with black and grey embossing, and perforated leather seats in black, beige, or khaki. 

New to the model is also a 10.25-inch digital cluster along with a 10.25-inch AVN touchscreen infotainment with a ton of new connectivity features, heated steering wheel, rear window and side mirror heating. The standard infotainment display has also been upgraded from 7-inches to 8-inches and now come with wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play. 

The 2021 Hyundai Kona facelift also comes with new and upgraded safety and driving assist features such as Smart Cruise Control (SCC), upgraded to include the stop and go function, Enhanced Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) with differential braking, new Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), upgraded Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) an upgrade from the Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, which only provided a warning, new Rear Seat Alert (RSA), Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) and Safe Exit Warning (SEW). 

The new Kona comes with a 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream engine that makes 198 PS of power, 1.6-litre Smartstream diesel engine with 136 PS of power with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, a 1.6-litre GDI engine and electric motor with a combined output of 141 PS. The Kona N Line paired with the 1.6 T-GDI powertrain and four-wheel drive and N Line specific steering tuning.  

The all-new Kona N Line and new Kona will arrive in European showrooms towards the end of the year, while the new Kona Hybrid will follow the beginning of 2021.