Immediately noticeable is the change to the front grille and bumper, replacing its uniform predecessor with a split grille paired with a new bumper down low resembling wraparound cladding. A similar design can be found on the rear as well, complemented by redesigned taillights for a more streamlined aesthetic. Overall, the car measures 1.6 inches longer than the outgoing model.
If you’re looking for something sportier, Hyundai is now also introducing an N Line trim for the Kona, doing away with much of the cladding and replacing those areas with intricate venting instead. You’ll find three nostrils above the front grille for a more aggressive look, extending down to the diffuser-like rear bumper and 18-inch sports wheels designed specifically for the trim. Of course, there’s also plenty of badging to differentiate the model from its standard sibling.
As for power, the sportier N Line trim will obviously pack more of a punch, tapping a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to push out 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The standard model will then use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder variant capable of 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, while the electric option utilizes a single-motor configuration, churning out 201 horsepower, 291 pound-feet of torque, and a range of 258 miles.
For now, Hyundai hasn’t provided any pricing information for the three 2022 Kona variants, but it says they’ll arrive at dealerships in the U.S. this spring.
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