Hyundai teases new-look Kona replace, together with a powered-up N Line vary topper (till the Kona N seems…)

It is already the second best-selling mannequin in its phase, however the 2021 Hyundai Kona seems to be set to debut an essential facelift that might enhance its standing with patrons.

The brand new look comes as no shock, nonetheless, with recent spy footage of the anticipated Kona N hero providing a transparent take a look at what we are able to anticipate.

From these pictures, we are able to see your complete entrance finish of the 2021 Hyundai Kona will likely be touched by the styling wand.

There is a new grille with a daring garnish that now extends as much as sharp factors beneath the high-mounted daytime operating lights, and the decrease bumper space and driving lights have additionally been redesigned.

Adjustments on the rear, once more based mostly on the spy footage, are anticipated to be much less important – though a refreshed bumper and tail-lamp internals will possible be on the playing cards.

Importantly, these teasers additionally present {that a} sporting 2021 Kona N Line mannequin will sit beneath the common Kona fashions and the flagship Kona N, and we are able to possible anticipate the corporate’s widely-used 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine to star.


UPDATE: In keeping with Korean automobile fanatic weblog The Korean Car Blog (aptly named), the Kona N Line’s engine will likely be an up to date Smartstream model of the 1.6-litre engine, boosting energy to 160kW.

If that is appropriate – and it could be given the vary of Smartstream updates rolling out – we are going to possible see the identical unit in all future N Line fashions, though latest Australian authorities database filings suggest the i30 Sedan N Line will launch with the acquainted 150kW tune.


Launch timing for the refreshed Kona and Kona N Line remains to be to be confirmed, though the corporate says it can reveal extra particulars “within the coming weeks”.

In Australia, the Kona is at present the second best-selling mannequin within the small SUV phase with 6264 gross sales year-to-date (July figures, August nonetheless to return), trailing solely the ASX on 7847 registrations. The Toyota C-HR rounds out the highest three, with 5411 year-to-date gross sales.

For extra on the Kona vary, together with our protection of the approaching Kona N, see our hyperlinks under.


Under: a speculative rendering of the new-look Kona in N type