Up to date Hyundai Kona SUV may have a beginning value of £21,060 – and it’ll be provided with a sporty N Line trim-level

17 Dec 2020

Hyundai has launched a facelifted model of the Kona, with a sporty new N Line specification. The brand new mannequin will go on sale in January subsequent 12 months, with costs ranging from £21,060.

Essentially the most noticeable change to the corporate’s Nissan Juke rival is its new face. Hyundai has fitted a reshaped bumper, slimmer LED headlamps and recent low-mounted headlamps. These updates are mirrored on the SUV’s rear, with some new back lights and a barely redesigned bumper.

Modifications to the Kona’s inside are restricted to the centre console. There’s a brand new digital parking brake, some new trim and a bigger 10.25-inch infotainment system for the range-topping mannequin, lifted from the brand new i20 supermini. The usual automobile’s touchscreen additionally will increase in dimension from seven to eight inches.

Patrons have their selection of 4 trim-levels. The bottom-model SE Join variant comes as commonplace with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door mirrors, electrical home windows, roof rails and a rear spoiler with an built-in brake mild. There’s additionally a rear view digicam and a ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

The sporty Kona N-Line is priced from £23,590. It builds on the base-model’s specification with extra aggressive entrance and rear bumpers, 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and painted physique cladding, rather than the usual automobile’s black plastic items. The cabin will get metallic pedals, contrasting purple stitching and N Line branding for the seats and kit shifter.

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N Line fashions additionally get some additional expertise, corresponding to an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, computerized windscreen wipers, electrically folding door mirrors, an inside ambient lighting system and rear parking sensors. It additionally will get the bigger 10.25-inch infotainment display as a part of the bundle.

Costs for the comfort-focussed Kona Premium begin from £23,660. Upgrades over the N Line mannequin embody a novel set of 18-inch alloy wheels, anthracite colored physique cladding and a bunch of additional expertise, together with heated entrance seats, entrance parking sensors and an clever pace restrict warning system.

The vary topping Kona Final is priced from £25,960 and provides LED headlamps, electrical entrance seats and an electrically operated sunroof. Security package can also be improved, with consumers receiving blind spot collision warning, rear cross visitors collision warning and a brand new secure exit warning system, which prevents passengers from exiting the car into oncoming visitors.

Hyundai additionally presents a brand new model of the Kona Hybrid. It’s priced from £23,570 and is simply obtainable with the agency’s SE Join, Premium and Final trim-levels, every of which include devoted, hybrid-only alloy wheel designs.

Facelifted Hyundai Kona: engine and drivetrains

As a part of the mid-cycle replace, Hyundai has given the Kona’s engine vary a rethink. For now, the Kona is simply obtainable with a 118bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine or a petrol-hybrid powertrain, however extra choices are coming. 

The brand new range-topping petrol mannequin will use a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit, which develops 195bhp. It’ll be obtainable with both front- or four-wheel-drive, though each unit shall be mated to a seven-speed computerized gearbox.

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Patrons may even be provided turbocharged 1.6-litre diesel engine, which options 48-volt mild-hybrid help. The unit produces 134bhp and shall be provided with both a six-speed guide or a seven-speed computerized gearbox.

The Kona Hybrid may even quickly comply with, sporting an up to date model of the present automobile’s powertrain. The outgoing mannequin featured a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 32kW electrical motor and a 1.56kWh battery. After that, the Kona Electrical will make a return, too.

Scorching Hyundai Kona N to comply with

Nonetheless, the brand new N Line model gained’t turn into the height of the Kona’s efficiency potential, as a totally fledged Kona N is ready for launch in 2021. It’ll use the identical 247bhp 2.0 four-cylinder petrol engine because the Hyundai i30 N, offering competitors for the likes of the Audi SQ2 and BMW X2 M35i.

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