2022 Hyundai Kona Receives Facelift, New N-Line Trim

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The Hyundai Kona is one of the better subcompact SUVs in the segment, being an excellent value proposition, packing a punchy engine, and having one of the more unique looks on the market. For the 2022 model, Hyundai’s giving the Kona a facelift, that doubles down on the quirky design, brings more tech features, and a new N-Line trim.

Let’s start with the new N-Line. That version will come with an upgraded variant of the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s available in the Limited and Ultimate trims. Power is rated at 195 horsepower, 20 horsepower more than the current version of the engine. The engine will continue to be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with both front- and all-wheel drive. We also expect the N-Line to come with other performance upgrades to improve handling, but Hyundai didn’t provide any information on anything but the engine.

Aesthetically, the N-Line gets special 18-inch wheels, a unique front bumper, larger wheel arches, and a larger air intake. The sporty trim also gets a large diffuser at the back, a double muffler exhaust outlet, and new rocker panels. The updates certainly make the Kona look more aggressive and more like a hot hatchback.

Hyundai Kona

Compared to the sporty Night Edition trim that was introduced on the 2021 Kona, we’re expecting the N-line to be much more performance forward. The Night Edition is the cheapest way to get the 1.6-liter turbo engine, but the N-line will come with a more powerful version of the motor and will have a more athletic stance.

The exterior changes that are found on the N-Line also make their way to the regular Kona, but things aren’t nearly as dynamic. The Kona’s slim running lights have been updated, as have the lower headlights. Staring at the SUV from the front reveals that the badge has migrated to now sit on top of a slimmer grille while the lower front air intake has grown. Lastly, the hood has been reshaped for a sharper and even more angular face.

On the inside, the overall design hasn’t changed that much, but the tech has. The standard touchscreen has grown from 7 inches to 8, while the optional screen now measures in at 10.25 inches. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have been added to the roster, as well. Hyundai claims rear-seat legroom and cargo capacity have grown, which is a good thing because those are the two main issues with the current Kona. The N-Line trim comes with cloth, leather, or suede seats with red stitching, metal pedals, and N logos.

All of the information is based on Europe’s version of the 2022 Kona, so some things might change. The 2022 model should go on sale in the U.S. early next year.

Hyundai’s N and N-Line vehicles are the automaker’s sportiest options. The Veloster N was the first vehicle to usher in the lineup of N vehicles, while Hyundai also offers the Elantra GT hatchback, which was recently discontinued, in an N-Line trim. Hyundai has plans to introduce N-Line variants of the Elantra and Sonata shortly.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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