2022 Hyundai Kona Debuts With A New Face, Sporty N Line and Sportier N Variant
- on March 10, 2021
- Categories: Car Reviews
The South Korean automaker has refreshed its subcompact Crossover Kona for the 2022 model year. The 2022 Hyundai Kona will be accessible in gas-powered as well as electric powertrain. For high-performance enthusiasts, the automaker has also introduced the sporty N Line and sportier N model.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona boasts black cladding on the bumper, a more prominent honeycomb grille, thin light signatures, and sleek headlights, giving it an aggressive look. At the back, the taillights are now much slimmer compared to the outgoing model. The automaker has also lengthened the crossover by 1.6 inches.
Talking about the N Line, Hyundai added three vents above the grille, body-colored cladding, and 18-inch wheels to make it sportier. The Kona Electric looks different from the rest of the lineup replacing sporadic indents with a simpler, smooth front end.
Regarding the powertrain, the 2022 Hyundai Kona SE and SEL trim levels house the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powers the N Line and Limited variants yielding 195 horsepower, which is 20 hp extra than before. This mill mates to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The sportier Kona N comes equipped with a 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, also available in the Veloster N. The Kona Electric offers approximately 258 miles of range from a 64.0-kWh battery pack, the company claims.
Get inside, and the first thing you notice is a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with an optional digital gauge cluster. A 10.3-inch touchscreen is optional for the N Line and comes by default for the Limited model. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the line. Being a little bigger, the new Kona offers more legroom for second-row passengers.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona, encompassing the N Line, and Kona Electric should hit dealerships in spring. Pricing may start from $21,000 and go beyond $30,000 for the N Line. The Kona Electric will be the most expensive offering at around $40,000.