The compact-sized Hyundai Kona debuted for the 2018 model year and it is the brand’s smallest crossover SUV designed to compete with the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Juke. Hyundai launched the electric version for the 2019 season which is an alternative to models such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt. The model was the first Hyundai crossover SUV to adopt the brand’s new design formula with the cascading grille and split-style headlights. The new styling theme appeared afterward on the Santa Fe and other new models. However, after three model years on the roads, the next 2021 Hyundai Kona should receive several upgrades.
Based on the current automotive industry standards, the crossover SUVs are getting the mid-cycle update for the fourth year on the road after the redesign and the Kona is also expected to follow the path. However, the prototype version hasn’t yet been spotted to give us an idea about possible styling and other upgrades. Still, big news for the next model year should also be an introduction of the new, performance Kona N version. The model should get similar performance upgrades as the i30 N and Veloster N combined with the sportier appearance.
2021 Hyundai Kona: Design
The next 2021 Hyundai Kona is expected to get some styling updates as part of the mid-cycle refresh but there should not be significant changes to the model’s appearance. The model should come with the new color and wheel options and slightly tweaked front-end styling. The all-electric version which shares the structure with the gas-powered Kona but has unique grille bumpers and wheels should return with minimal changes as well.
The new, performance Kona N version should, however, stand out from the range with the sportier appearance and unique styling details. The Kona N should come fitted with the more muscular front bumper with additional air openings and tweaked grille version. The rear will also adopt a sportier bumper combined with dual exhaust setup and rear spoiler. The model will also appear with the unique wheels and larger brakes with red calipers. The red exterior highlights will also be part of the model’s identity.
The regular and electric Kona should come with just a few changes inside the cabin mixed with updated infotainment system features and changes in the equipment availability. The gas-powered model should offer a larger touchscreen option. The Kona EV will be available with the 10.3-inch touchscreen.
The Kona N version will get unique interior treatment. Expect it to appear with the Alkantara leather surfaces and red contrasting details. The model should also get a sports steering wheel and seats.
The Kona will also come equipped with active safety systems like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.
2021 Hyundai Kona: Powertrains
The next 2021 Hyundai Kona should return with the familiar power units and two transmission systems. The Kona EV is expected with the same power setup as well.
The gas-powered Kona will come equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with the 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine should make 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque as the current version. Buyers will again have a chance to switch to the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The turbocharged unit should again produce 175 hp and torque of 195 lb-ft. There will be front- and all-wheel drive setups at disposal.
The Kona EV will use a 201 hp electric motor fed by the 64-kWh battery. The system should provide 258 miles of range
The performance Kona N is expected to share components with the Veloster N and i30 N models. The model should ride on the upgraded chassis with improved rigidity and reworked suspension. The upgraded braking system with larger brakes will also be employed. The power should come from the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making around 275 hp and torque around 260 lb-ft.
2021 Hyundai Kona: Release, Price
The next 2021 Hyundai Kona should appear in late 2020. The performance Kona N is expected to debut in 2021. The gas-powered Kona should cost from about $21, 000. The all-electric Kona will demand about $37, 000. As for the Kona N version, it should be priced from low to mid-$30,000s.