Hyundai Kona has had a facelift. It comes as a mildhybrid and sports an N Line

You can recognize the modernized Hyundai Kona by its redesigned bow. Inside, a 10.25 “instrument shield from the new i20 appeared.

Hyundai Kona has been here with us since 2017, so this year the carmaker decided it was time to modernize. This is quite significant, because it touched on both the appearance and the technology or offered versions.

You will recognize the modernized Hyundai Kona at first sight, thanks to the redesigned bow. The upper part of the split headlights is low, the newly shaped mask has then widened and the overall redesigned bumper does not look as complicated as before. After all, the carmaker itself speaks of a more elegant look.

The new bumpers extended the car by 40 mm. There are also new shades, five of them, Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Ignite Flame, Cyber ​​Gray and Misty Jungle, which complement the existing five varnishes. All can be combined with a contrasting black roof.

In addition, the offer is expanded by the sports-styled N Line derivative, already known from the i10, i30 or Tucson. He has a distinctive bow, which has kept the manufacturer’s logo in the mask. However, there are distinctive bumpers with a rear diffuser and 18 “wheels, the wheel arches are not framed by exposed plastics.

The news in the cabin responds to the trend of the time. The optional 10.25 “display of the multimedia system at the top of the center panel can complement the new 10.25-inch digital instrument panel that Kona is taking over from the new i20. Note the new ventilation vents, other color combinations or new ambient lighting.

The supply of engines was then influenced by the trend of electrification, as Hyundai continued to gradually hybridize its offer. The Smartstream 1.6 CRDi (100 kW) turbodiesel thus became a mildhybrid as standard when paired with a 48V on-board network, both in the case of the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the six-speed iMT manual with clutch without mechanical coupling. For the 1.0 T-GDI three-cylinder petrol engine (88 kW), there will be a mildhybrid drive at an additional cost.

* Applies to all-wheel drive version
Hyundai Kona (2020): Technical data of the upgraded version
Motor 1.0 T-GDI 1.0 T-GDI MHEV 1.6 T-GDI 1.6 CRDi MHEV 1.6 GDI Hybrid
Displacement [cm3] 998 998 1598 1598 1580
Cylinders / valves 3/4 3/4 4/4 4/4 4/4
Performance [kW] 88 88 146 100 77
Torque [N.m/min] 172/1500-4000 (200/2000-3500) 172/1500-4000 265/1600-4500 280/1500-3000 (320/2000-2250) 147/4000
Transmission 6M (7DS) 6M 7DS 6M (7DS) 6DS
Max. speed [km/h] 181 (182) 180 210 190 (190/185*) 161
Acceleration 0-100 km / h [s] 11,5 (11,0) 11,9 7,7 (8,1*) 10,3 (9,9/10,5*) 11

However, the “full-fat” Hybrid continues, with a 1.6 GDI with a combined output of 104 kW. At the top of the offer will be a new petrol four-cylinder 1.6 T-GDI (146 kW) combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, available as a front wheel and quad bike. Kona Electric will keep the existing technology, but its modernized variant will be revealed later.

The chassis also underwent changes. Tuning should now place more emphasis on comfort, thanks to new shock absorbers, springs and modified stabilizers. New tires (Conti Premium Contact 6 instead of Conti Sport Contact 5 in the case of 18 “wheels), which are quieter and provide lower consumption, should also help in this direction.

Adaptive cruise control then had a new stop & go function, while blind spot monitoring was adjusted. A novelty is not only eCall, but also a warning about the movement of the vehicle in front, which is supposed to precede the columns, when it warns the still standing driver that the traffic in front of him has already started to move. Like the larger Hyundaie, Kona will once again point out forgotten children in the back seats.

The modernized Hyundai Kona will arrive on the market before the end of the year, including the N Line derivative. The hybrid will then follow next year. The aim is to build on the success of the current variant, which has sold 228,000 units in Europe alone since 2017.


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