Hyundai showcased a variety of updates for its subcompact Kona on Tuesday with out minimizing the funkiness it’s already well-known for. In actual fact, the Korean crossover would possibly also have a little extra persona than it did earlier than.
Whereas the grille has been shriveled and among the exhausting edges rounded off, it stays spectacular what number of fascinating little particulars Hyundai managed to tack onto the entrance of this factor with out turning it into an eyesore.
Nonetheless too busy for you? That’s comprehensible. However know that Hyundai is providing an N Line variant that ditches the contrasting plastic cladding for coloration matching physique panels that make the 2020 mannequin nearly appear to be an everyday hatchback. As an additional benefit, it additionally presents enhanced efficiency through the all-new 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream engine making a claimed 197 horsepower.
The N Line additionally comes with 18-inch wheels and a tweaked steering ratio. However for many who favor the black trim and a cheaper price tag, and don’t thoughts a automobile making round 20 hp much less, Hyundai will proceed providing a extra SUV-like base mannequin. The usual touchscreen has grown to eight inches, with a 10.2-inch model accessible that makes use of the most recent software program. All upcoming Konas profit from a smidgen extra rear legroom — in response to the producer.
Hyundai can be providing each the older 1.6-liter diesel and 1.0-liter gasoline engines with 48-volt hybrid know-how, however that’s for the European market. Particulars on the North American model had been sadly absent this week, forcing us to guess as to what precisely will hit our territory. Neither of the earlier two items appear a great match for the US, main us to surprise if the automaker will keep on with the two.0-liter MPI as the bottom or maybe downgrade the present 1.6-liter GDI discovered within the top-trimmed Konas of at present.
The remainder of the automobile appears to have gone kind of unchanged, minus a handful of driver help options. Kona’s adaptive cruise management will quickly embrace full stop-and-go performance and an Clever Velocity Restrict Warning system that reminds you once you’re exceeding posted limits. Europe can anticipate to see the refreshed Hyundai Kona on the tail finish of 2020, with an up to date hybrid mannequin following in early in 2021.
In the meantime, we’re hoping to listen to one thing concrete on U.S.-spec fashions quickly.