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Both updated models of thre groundbreaking compacts will be arriving at dealerships this spring.

COURTESY HYUNDAI - The all-new 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric.Hyundai has provided details for its significantly redesigned 2022 Kona and Kona Electric small crossover SUVs for the U.S. market.

The 2022 Kona includes an all-new sporty N Line trim, and an updated powertrain line-up that provides both sporty and eco-friendly options to suit a wide variety of buyers. Hyundai has also upgraded its connectivity and convenience features to make for an even more satisfying ownership experience. The advanced safety suite has also been improved with new active and passive safety features available.

New updated design

Hyundai has updated the Kona's appearance to be more rugged and masculine. Enhanced LED daytime running lamps are standard and the bumper fascia connects smoothly to the wheel arch cladding, forming a robust armor-like motif in contrast to the body. The 2022 Kona is 1.6 inches longer than the previous model, giving it a proportional, dynamic look to balance its wide visual stance.

The interior of the new Kona was designed to express a more sophisticated and progressive appearance. Hyundai went for a rugged, yet refined look to appeal to customers with an active lifestyle. A new console is disconnected from the instrument panel to stress the horizontal layout, creating a wide and spacious appearance. Kona's rear cargo area has been increased and second row legroom has also been improved, along with USB-port access for second-row passengers.

The 2022 Kona offers a choice of two gasoline powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces 147 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm, paired with a new Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) for maximum efficiency. The Atkinson cycle design maximizes the effective cylinder expansion ratio (compression stroke vs. power stroke) for greater efficiency.

COURTESY HYUNDAI - The 2021 Hyundai Kona.

New Kona N Line adds sporty variant

As part of Hyundai's growing N series of sport-oriented vehicles, Hyundai has created an N Line version of the Kona to appeal to enthusiast buyers. The Kona N Line features a sporty front and rear end, body color cladding, and specific diamond-cut alloy wheels. The N Line interior offers black seats and distinctive red stitching, black headliner, metal pedals, and N logos for the seat, steering wheel and gear shift lever, with a sporty presence.

N Line and Limited trims offer a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine generating an estimated 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, an advantage over key competitors. The 2022 Kona turbo engine couples to a retuned seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission.

Updated 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona Electric has also been freshened with a new front fascia design. The former dimpled grille area has been replaced with a sleek new aerodynamic shape with a prominent horizontal character line immediately below the badging and DRLs. New headlamps and DRLs provide a fresh new illumination signature, and the lower fascia opening boasts clean horizontal strakes. New lower fender sculpted vents are both sporty and aerodynamically functional. In profile, a sporty new alloy wheel design has been optimized for efficient airflow. From the rear, a new bumper fascia design carries the lower valance strake elements through to the rear of the vehicle, and a new tail lamp design neatly finishes the rear view.

Inside, the center-stack and center-cluster displays are all new for the Electric as well, with large 10.25 screens in each area for superb driver visibility. The lower center console storage area has also been redesigned with wireless charging capability and efficient use of space.

The Kona Electric powertrain employs a high-efficiency 150 kW (201 horsepower) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. The motor develops 291 pound-feet of torque distributed to the front wheels.

Kona Electric utilizes a standard Level 2 onboard charging system capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge for rapid recharging characteristics, with an estimated range of 258 miles based on internal testing. Kona Electric, using a Level-III fast charge rate, can charge from 10 to 80 percent in approximately 47 minutes using its SAE-Combo charging port. This convenient fast-charging capability is standard on the Kona Electric. For convenience, the charging port is located in the front grille area for head-in parking ease when charging.

Owners can manage and monitor the Kona Electric remotely via the Blue Link smartphone app. For Kona Electric owners who charge at their residence, one of the most useful features of the app is the ability to manage their charging schedule. Immediate charge is the simplest option, as charging begins as soon as the Kona Electric is plugged-in. Individuals that have different electric rates at off-peak times may want to schedule the charge to reduce cost as well as reduce peak demand on the electricity grid.

COURTESY HYUNDAI - The interior of thr 2021 Hyundai Kona.

Connectivity & Technology

The new Kona has been equipped with a 10.25-inch digital cluster and 10.25-inch navigation center stack display. The new screen comes with a split-screen function, multiple Bluetooth connections and additional voice-recognition features. Drivers can activate and control features like climate, radio station, rear window and side mirror heating as well as steering wheel heating through voice commands. The Kona also offers wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so customers do not have to use a cable to connect their phones.

Advanced driving assistance systems

The Kona is available with a range of safety and driving assist features for added peace of mind. Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist are all available.

In addition, Highway Drive Assist is a new available feature that can help keep the vehicle in the center of its lane with a specified following distance to a leading vehicle and even make speed adjustments to the posted speed limits on interstate highways. Another available safety feature focused primarily on the protection of children, Safe Exit Warning can warn passengers from exiting the vehicle if it is not yet safe to do so.

Warranty and complimentary maintenance

Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance is the latest addition to the Hyundai Assurance program, which the company intends to create a better experience for shoppers and owners of Hyundai vehicles. All Hyundai vehicles are covered by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 7-year anti-perforation warranty and 10-year/100,000 mile Limited Battery Warranty on the Kona Electric.

Complimentary Maintenance includes 3 years or 36,000 miles of normal oil changes and tire rotations.

Both the 2022 Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive at area Hyundai dealers in the spring of 2021. For more information, visit www.hyundaiusa.com.


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