Hyundai enhances Kona crossover in SA - Pricing and specification announced

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The Hyundai Kona was first launch locally in 2018.

Pricing for the new model starts at R449 900.

• A high-performance N model will be launched locally in 2022.

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The crossover SUV first made its local debut in 2018 and has since sold 1 699 units. Customers can choose between two trim levels, with pricing starting from R449 900 for the Executive and R579 900 for the top-spec N-Line.

Two engine options are offered - a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol with 109kW and 179Nm, and a turbocharged 1.6-litre generating 146kW and 265Nm. A six-speed automatic (for the 2.0-litre) and seven-speed DCT (for the 1.6-litre) transmission is responsible for swapping cogs.

Hyundai Kona 1.6 TGDi N-Line DCT
2021 Hyundai Kona

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With it being the sportier derivative, the N-Line sees a number of notable aesthetic changes like a revised rear diffuser, single twin-exist exhaust, standard 17-inch wheels and 'N' badges on the front and rear bumper. The Kona still retains its unique 'upside down' headlight layout with the LED daytime running lights on top and headlights positioned lower down.

For those wondering if the true Kona N high-performance model will make its way here, Hyundai South Africa has confirmed its introduction during the first quarter of 2022. The new model benefits from a number of updates like wireless charging, automatic aircon and full artificial leather seats. It is also packed with safety features like smart cruise control, Forward Collision and Lane Keep Assist, Blindspot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Safe Exit Assist.

READ: Local petrol heads in for a treat when Hyundai launches new Kona N in 2022

As mentioned, full artificial leather provides the seating for front and rear occupants, while the 8-inch infotainment, which comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, serves as the eyes in the rear with a rear-view camera. Another addition is the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

The Volkswagen T-Roc (priced from R489 400), Mazda CX-30 (priced from R469 000) and Audi Q2 (priced from R545 500) represent the Kona's closest rivals - all of which is pricier.

As far as maintenance is concerned, the Kona is sold with a seven-year or 200 000km mechanical warranty and a five-year or 75 000km service plan.

Hyundai Kona 1.6 TGDi N-Line DCT
2021 Hyundai Kona
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