2021 Hyundai Kona: Aggressive Design and Manual Transmission

The Hyundai Kona has undergone a planned facelift, receiving an expanded engine range and new equipment.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona has recently announced itself. Now, the manufacturer has completely declassified the compact model that has not only been updated externally and technically but also has received a sports N Line version.

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Despite the fact that the overall shape of the restyled Kona remains the same, its body has grown by 40 mm in length and has become wider. Also, the exterior has become more stylish and dynamic. This was achieved by installing a redesigned radiator grille, modified bumpers, new LED headlights and DRLs.

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In addition, there are new 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels and body colors. The Hyundai Kona N Line can be distinguished from the standard version by special elements, including thin slots above the radiator grille, a front bumper splitter, a rear diffuser, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch wheels.

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The interior of the 2021 Hyundai Kona has also received a number of updates. Now, it is equipped with a 10.25-inch digital dashboard and a 10.25-inch infotainment system. The latter includes a split-screen function.

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Also, among the innovations are background lighting and the extended SmartSens package, which includes blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, vehicle exit warning, lane keeping, intelligent speed limiter and head-on collision prevention.

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The engine range of the updated Hyundai Kona has been supplemented with new engines. The standard unit is a 1.0-liter petrol T-GDI Smartstream (118 hp) paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed semi-automatic transmission. This unit can be supplemented with a 48-volt system.

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A 1.6-liter Smartstream diesel engine (134 hp) equipped with a 48-volt motor is also available. It works with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission or with a 6-speed Hyundai intelligent manual transmission (6iMT), with two pedals remaining in the car.

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At the top of the engine line is an improved 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream engine (194 hp) combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. A hybrid version is also available, which includes a 1.6-liter GDI unit with an electric motor and a 1.56-kWh battery. A total output of the powertrain is 138 hp. Production of the updated Hyundai Kona will begin soon, and it will be delivered to dealerships at the end of this year. The Hyundai Kona Electric is expected to be updated later.

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