The versatility of the 2021 Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover comes from a wide range of engines. So far, we had a pair of conventional units, plus the vehicle that uses only an electric motor. The next 2021 Hyundai Kona will spice it up with the performance N model. Some sources claim the mini crossover could also get a kind of hybrid setup.
With its mechanical twin, Kia Niro, Kona is ready to make a serious impact in the subcompact segment. The US market is not so keen on these kinds of vehicles, since buyers in this part of the world like larger vehicles. Still, Kona’s popularity in other markets is growing and the N model will bring a lot of excitement for sure.
Spy photos are not unveiling too many things. The 2021 Hyundai Kona N is certain. The driving skills of the upcoming model are enhanced. What’s more, some experts say the complete overhaul is not impossible, although the current version was updated. The redesign would definitely open up some space for further development.
Spy Photos of the 2021 Hyundai Kona N
The only clue about the 2021 Hyundai Kona we have is a prototype testing the new gear. For some while, we expect to see the N package, currently available only with i30. Whatsoever, Kona, and its larger sibling Tucson, will get similar upgrades. Of course, the enhancement will be adapted for crossovers.
According to trusted sources, the Kona N will be able to develop 270 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Also, the redesign will be complete after the carmaker adds the new transmission. Engineers are testing the new model with the DCT gearbox. This subcompact crossover will fill the gap in the segment, since Nissan replaced Juke with Kicks, but without Nismo edition. Ford is testing new Puma, and we don’t believe the ST model will be there any time soon.
Well, these are rumors that are not confirmed, but also, it is not an unlikely scenario. The company updated the 2020 YM and the redesign only a year later has no too much sense. So, it could rather happen in 2022. But, with the new N performance crossover on the way, it is the perfect way to start the next generation with the new star. Definitely, chiefs in the Korean company have a lot of decisions to make, but the fact is that Kona needs changes.
Definitely, the look of the first-gen model split the public. You can either love it or hate it. There is no middle. The company could go after a less radical approach to get more buyers lured. Also, the subcompact crossover can’t offer too much space. Still, the rear seats are more cramped than in some other models. The lack of space for passengers increased the cargo boot. The new layout could help Hyundai fulfill its plans with the new Kona.
Some of the good things about the vehicle are the exceptional fuel economy, great handling, electric model availability, the new N version, superb warranty…
The new 2021 Hyundai Kona will definitely change some things under the hood. Currently, there are two setups including four-cylinder engines. Another one could be too much. A 2.0-liter turbo is now certain, and it will probably make Hyundai drop a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit capable of producing 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Still, this model is part of the high-end Limited and Ultimate packages. In that case, we will see changes in trims as well.
A 2.0 naturally-aspirated unit is safe for now. It can produce 147 horsepower, which is enough for the subcompact class. Engineers pair it with a six-speed automatic gearbox. We will see if the DCT is coming for the standard offer, or just the Kona N. All-wheel drive is a cool option if you are looking for more traction.
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric
The most impressive vehicle in the lineup is the crossover with the electric source of power. The 2021 Hyundai Kona EV is going to use the updated version of the battery that is capable to provide a range of 258 miles. It is the class-leading distance. However, Fisker Ocean and Tesla Model Y are aiming to beat it. Also, these companies said their vehicles will cost around $40,000, which is not too much more expensive than the MSRP of the Kona Electric. The electric package is pretty potent since the motor returns 200 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Hyundai Kona Prices
The base model with a 2.0-liter I4 engine will cost just above $20,000. It is a better price than for most competitors. SEL and SEL Plus are using the same drivetrain and each version adds nearly $2,000 in value. Limited edition costs $26,000 and the Ultimate is just shy of $28,000.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric will start above $37,000. Still, you have a tax refund. There are also two upper trim levels, Limited and Ultimate. These packages with the electric unit will be pretty expensive, reaching $41,000 and $46,000 respectively.