Hyundai had the facelifted Kona unveiled. The facelift is made up of design updates which give the Kona a sleeker look. In addition to the cosmetic upgrades, the new Kona also gets space and cargo capacity for extra rear seat leg room.
The compact SUV receives for the first time also an additional variant, the sportier N Line. First let’s start with the Kona standard. It gets flashy protective cladding as part of the design update, and some aggressive design lines. It is now lengthier than the pre-facelift model by 40 mm and has the same muscle profile. The Kona stands on 17-inch wheels but comes with 16- and 18-inch wheel options. Also the Kona gets redesigned LED DRLs to add to the new car feel.
It gets some minor tweaks inside, the most significant being the centre console’s horizontal orientation. In addition to the standard black, ambient lighting has been added and there is now the option of a two-tone light beige and khaki colour scheme.
To give it the sporty finish the N-Line version gets some cosmetic upgrades. Changes to the design involve a body-colored aerodynamic lip with side fins, replacing the regular skid plate. 18-inch alloy wheels replace the standard, with the inclusion of tiny air intakes next to the LEDs. In addition to red stitching on the doors, sportier metal pedals and the N Line logo on the gear stick, it also gets a special interior one-tone black colour scheme.
As for features, a slightly larger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment (the previous model had 7- and 8-inch systems) and a brand new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster gets both the regular Kona and the N Line version. A Harman Kardon sound system also makes the cut an improvement to the Kona’s list of new features.
While we’re not going to get the Kona ICE or hybrid version in India, the electric version has made it to our shores. The launch of the facelifted Kona Electric will be revealed shortly, with identical design and feature changes.