Hyundai Motor unveils stylish enhancements for Kona and launches sporty all-new Kona N Line


  • The new Hyundai Kona features sleek, stylish design, and - for the first time - will be available with sporty N Line variant
  • Extra cargo capacity and rear seat legroom offer more accommodation and comfort
  • Upgrades in connectivity and convenience features as well we improved safety package
  • Kona Series II, and Kona N Line, will launch locally in the first quarter of 2021


Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled its newly enhanced Kona compact SUV and introduced the exciting all-new Kona N Line variant.

Hyundai Kona is back with a bold design update that retains the model’s winning personality. The small SUV’s exterior design is upgraded with various enhancements that make it even more appealing to customers who lead active lifestyles.

At the same time, Hyundai is expanding its small SUV line-up by launching the sporty all-new Kona N Line. This attractive entry point to Hyundai’s high-performance N brand is distinguished by signature fascia, body colour claddings and large rear spoiler as well as N Line specific design accents.

Kona N Line features a sporty and progressive design

With the latest product enhancement, Kona will be available for the first time as an N Line version, combining fun to drive with a sporty appearance. The Kona N Line stands out through its motorsports-inspired front and rear end, body colour claddings, and diamond-cut wheel design.

Sleek and sophisticated design upgrades for the new Kona

With a bold, progressive design and adventurous personality, Hyundai Kona has become an icon in its segment. Design updates, front and rear, give the new Kona a sleek, sophisticated look while keeping its robust signature style.

The striking new front-end design stands out with eye-catching, protective cladding panels. At the top, the stretched bonnet ends sharply over the centre grille with a wide, distinctive shape that gives Kona a powerful look. This effect is further enhanced by the wide, thin LED DRLs.

The new Kona is 40mm longer than the previous model, giving it a sleeker and more dynamic look that complements its wide, strong visual stance.

The new Kona comes with five new exterior colours, including Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Ignite Flame, Cyber Grey, and Misty Jungle. These are in addition to five existing colours, including Phantom Black, Chalk White, Dark Knight, Pulse Red and Galactic Grey. Every colour can be combined with the Phantom Black two-tone roof. The two-tone roof also comes with matching mirror housings. This contributes to its sporty and sleek appearance and gives customers more options for personalisation and self-expression.

Interior design updates

The redesigned interior of the new Kona expresses a more upscale and progressive look than its predecessor. It features a rugged yet refined style that matches the exterior’s boldness, designed to appeal to customers who lead an active lifestyle. Extra cargo capacity and rear seat legroom offer more accommodation and comfort. This is in addition to a significant technology upgrade that contributes to the interior’s comprehensive update.

Connectivity & Technology

The new Kona is equipped with the latest in-car connectivity and technology.

New to this model is an available 10.25-inch digital cluster, similar to what is seen in the NEXO hydrogen fuel cell SUV. In addition, the new Kona also comes with an optional 10.25-inch AVN screen, providing new connectivity features. The new AVN screen also comes with a split-screen function and multiple Bluetooth connections.

Advanced safety and driver assistance features

The new Kona is equipped with a range of safety and driver assistance features.

Hyundai SmartSense Active Safety Features:

  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) [NEW]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist [NEW]
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go [NEW]
  • Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA) [NEW]
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA) [NEW]
  • Safe Exit Warning (SEW) [NEW]
  • Rear Seat Alert (RSA) [NEW]
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - now with [NEW] optional cyclist detection

Comfort & Roominess

Several new convenience features allow for a more comfortable and convenient experience, including second-row heated seats and a second-row USB port. The new Kona with manual seats has also been improved. Passengers in the front row can also now adjust their seat height for an optimised seating position while they ride.

New powertrain options for both sporty and eco-conscious consumers

The new Kona’s powertrain line-up reaches new heights in terms of performance and sustainability. At the top of the line-up is an enhanced 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that delivers strong performance and fuel economy. This powerful, sporty powertrain is available exclusively with a four-wheel drive drivetrain.

The 2.0L Nu engine continues to be offered for 2WD models, however enhancements have been made to improve performance and efficiency.

Ride and handling enhancements for more comfort

The new Kona is retuned for a smoother ride compared to its predecessor in order to improve driving comfort, without degrading the Kona’s sporty character. Next to springs and dampers, the stabiliser bars were modified for better ride comfort and isolation. The rear bump stop was also modified, bringing benefits for primary ride and lateral body control.

New Zealand Market

Kona and Kona N Line, will launch locally in the first quarter of 2021.

The New Zealand model line-up and specification will be announced closer to launch.

Hyundai New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says, “Kona has proved to be a popular model here in New Zealand since we launched it in 2017. We’re excited by the enhancements made to this compact SUV model and are confident its popularity will continue to grow along with the addition of the N Line."