At the end of the year the restyling of the Hyundai Kona, the small SUV, will hit the market which is giving so much joy to the brand, not in vain have nearly 230,000 units been marketed in Europe since the model was launched in 2017.

The most important aesthetic changes are seen in the front, with a grill that is now “split” by the bumper, and more integrated lower headlights in the body. The same thing happens behind, the optics “adhere” in a more natural and stylized way to the whole, while the lower skirt also changes. With all that, the length increases by 40 mm to reach 4.21 meters.

Yes there are more appreciable changes in the new sporty N-Line trim, featuring three thin air intakes beyond the bonnet and a more aggressive styling grille, with the Hyundai logo in the middle. The rear diffuser is also different and distinctive.

The 2021 Kona features five new body colors, up to ten in total, and can be ordered with the roof in black in all cases. In addition to 16-inch wheels you can now choose new 17 and 18 inch designs.

Inside the changes are somewhat lighter, but the absence of handbrake lever in favor of an electric one per button and the redesign of the lower part of the center console. On the dashboard, the new multimedia system up to 10.25 inches, which now allows wireless connection of smartphones.

Improved engines

In the mechanical section, the range benefits more advanced engines, standing out among the gasoline engines the powerful 198 hp 1.6 T-GDi, which is associated with the 7-speed automatic transmission and optionally with a four-wheel drive system.

Also in gasoline we find the 120hp 1.0, which can now also be ordered with a 48-volt light hybridization system which considerably improves efficiency and performance.

Precisely 48V Mild Hybrid system is combined as standard with the only diesel engine available in the range in the next release, the 1.6 CRDI with 136 horses (with 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed automatic). For its part, 140-horsepower non-plug-in hybrid engine is unchanged and the new one hundred percent electric version will be launched in 2021.

Other changes to highlight are the suspension and steering tuning throughout the range and the specific adjustment of the N-Line according to its greater dynamic capacity. In terms of equipment, safety solutions grow with elements such as intelligent cruise control with stop and go function”For heavy traffic conditions, the Emergency Brake Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection or the rear traffic warning system that comes to act on the brake in case of need.