Swish new upgrades central and outside, additional adventurous new N Line alternative for accepted baby SUV range
The new Hyundai Kona has been apparent and it’s gunning for top atom in the baby SUV segment.
Coming to Australia from about February 2021, the mid-life amend for the accepted Hyundai Kona brings a added complete exoteric design, restyled berth with added (and bigger) agenda screens, bigger assurance appearance and a adventurous new N Line alternative to banderole the range.
Currently Australia’s additional best affairs baby SUV abaft the Mitsubishi ASX, the Hyundai Kona array a revised front-end with added avant-garde headlight and advanced bonanza designs, additional a new-look grille and lower fascia.
Named afterwards the Hawaiian boondocks of Kona, on the Big Island, the bunched Korean SUV maintains its different architecture via slimmer LED daytime active lights that add a blow of sophistication.
The rear bonanza gets the aforementioned argent ‘body armour’ lower cladding as apparent at the front, while new-look tail-lights add a bit added brave to the Kona’s rump.
Up-spec Hyundai Kona N Line models get body-colour wheel-arch extensions and ancillary skirts, different 18-inch admixture auto and a sportier advanced bonanza architecture with beanie vents aloft the grille and continued lower air-intakes instead of the argent anatomy armour.
At the rear it gets accompanying bankrupt outlets, a baby diffuser and a redesigned rear bumper. And to bout the sportier attending there’s an upgraded 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol agent that takes aiguille ability from 130kW to 145kW, although torque accepted to abide the aforementioned at 265Nm.
Hyundai Australia will action the additional 145kW 1.6 turbo agent beyond the approved archetypal range, forth with the aftereffect entry-level 110kW/180Nm 2.0-litre petrol agent and six-speed automated pairing, which may additionally get a tweak.
European markets get a new a 88kW 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, additional there’s a 100kW 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, both with 48-volt mild-hybrid systems. There’s additionally a new 103kW 1.6-litre petrol-electric amalgam powertrain backed by a baby 32kW electric motor and a 1.5kWh lithium battery.
These powertrains are absurd for Australia, except for the hybrid.
“We are absorbed in all electrified powertrains and will consistently abstraction new articles carefully, but at this time no adaptation has been fabricated to acquaint Kona Hybrid,” said Guido Schenken, Hyundai Australia PR chief manager.
“With no Australian government-regulated corporate/fleet emissions targets in place, we are not advised a antecedence bazaar for electrified powertrains. This does not aphorism us out for any products, but it puts us lower bottomward the account than we ability contrarily be.”
However, the tech-leading zero-emissions battery-powered Hyundai Kona Electric (150kW/395Nm) will abide to be awash in Australia.
There’s additionally a top-secret, high-performance Hyundai Kona N archetypal in the works, which has been spied testing at the allegorical 21km Nurburgring alley advance in Germany.
The aboriginal full-fat N-badged SUV from Hyundai could access backward in 2021 and is all but assertive to be powered by the i30 N hot hatch’s baking 202kW/378Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four.
It will be commutual to Hyundai N’s new eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual and all-wheel drive.
The autogenous of the 2021 Hyundai Kona has been upgraded with a new 10.2-inch agenda apparatus array that will alter the alternation speedo and tacho on top-spec models.
This is abutting by a bigger 8.0-inch touch-screen infotainment arrangement (up from the antecedent 7.0-inch unit) that is now visually alone from the dashboard.
Top-spec models get an alike beyond 10.2-inch touch-screen accoutrement with all the latest accessories and split-screen functionality.
Australian blueprint will be accepted afterpiece to the upgraded Kona’s bounded barrage in aboriginal 2021, but Hyundai is able the latest in-car technology and functionality, which will accommodate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The berth architecture has been adapted to accompany a added abreast attending while authoritative controls easier to manipulate. An electric esplanade anchor has been added calm aflame cup-holders, new bench upholstery options including bolt and covering options, additional new two-tone ablaze biscuit and biscuit covering finishes.
Hyundai reckons the Kona is now roomier inside, by advantage of height-adjustable advanced seats. The rear seats now action a acrimonious action and second-row USB ports accept been added.
Hyundai claims “Extra burden adaptation and rear-seat legroom action added adaptation and comfort,” but doesn’t detail how abundant added allowance is offered and how it was achieved.
The Hyundai Kona’s assurance apartment gets a big advancement in this mid-life upgrade, with several new tech appearance added to the account as allotment of the Hyundai SmartSense Active Assurance system, which allows the agent to accelerate, anchor and beacon itself after ascribe from the disciplinarian — like bigger, added big-ticket SUVs.
These will drag the Kona from actuality so-so on the assurance advanced to about class-leading.
New additions accommodate blind-spot collision-avoidance abetment (BCA), rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance abetment (RCTCAS), acute cruise ascendancy (SCC) with stop and go, arch agent abandonment active (LVDA), lane afterward abetment (LFA), able acceleration absolute (ISLW), safe avenue admonishing (SEW), rear-seat active (RSA) and upgraded free emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist detection.
It should be acclaimed that some of these new appearance are alone accessible with the seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission.
When it arrives in Australia in the aboriginal division of 2021, the new Hyundai Kona is acceptable to abide accessible in four automatic-only variants – Go, Active, Elite and Highlander – and with 2WD or AWD drivelines.
Pricing for the accepted baby SUV ambit spans $24,300 for the 2.0-litre Kona Go to $65,290 for the Kona Electric Highlander, which gets all the trimmings like acrimonious and cooled covering seats.
At the time of autograph the Kona was Australia’s additional best accepted baby SUV with a 12 per cent bazaar allotment or 6264 sales to the end of July. Alone the Mitsubishi ASX outsold it, with 15 per cent bazaar allotment and 7847 sales.
Hyundai is assured its facelifted baby SUV will advice it abutting the gap to the Mitsubishi, and with Kona N Line and, later, Kona N hero models set to accomplish added interest, the 2021 baby SUV sales chase is set to be afterpiece than ever.