Hyundai has tweaked what are now 2022 Kona and Kona Electric SUVs models for the U.S. market. New to the EV is a 10.25-inch digital cluster and 10.25-inch navigation center stack display with new “connectivity features.” The screen comes with a split-screen function, multiple Bluetooth connections and additional voice-recognition features. Drivers can activate and control features such as climate, radio station, rear window and side mirror heating, as well as steering wheel heating through Dynamic Voice Recognition. Drivers can check stocks, weather, or perform POI searches using their voice when connected to Blue Link.
Otherwise, the Kona EV does not incorporate any advances in EV or battery technology. Instead it has a different front fascia design. New headlamps and Daytime Running Lamps provide a different look. New lower fender sculpted vents are aerodynamically functional. In profile, a different alloy wheel design has been optimized for “efficient airflow.” Oh, there are new taillights as well. The real selling points are carryover.
Active Safety Features
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
- Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
- Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
- Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go
- Highway Drive Assist (HDA)
- Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
Then there’s “America’s Best Warranty – a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 7-year anti-perforation warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Battery Warranty (Kona Electric), Complimentary Maintenance: 3 years/36,000 miles of normal oil changes and tire rotations.”
The Kona Electric powertrain also carries over. A 150 kW (201 horsepower) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. The motor develops 291 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels. The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. In addition, Kona Electric estimated MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined based on internal testing.
Kona Electric has a standard Level-II on-board charging system capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge for rapid recharging characteristics, with an estimated range of 258 miles based on internal testing. Kona Electric, using a Level-III fast charge rate, can charge from 10% to 80% in ~47 minutes using its SAE-Combo charging port. With Level-II charging, it can also charge from 10% to 100% percent in, yawn, nine hours and 15 minutes. A battery warmer system is standard on SEL Convenience models and above. The system helps prevent excessively long battery-charging intervals in cold temperatures. In addition, in Winter Mode, the battery warmer can minimize battery-power losses due to low winter temperatures.
The Kona gas burner is equipped with standard Display Audio, with the screen increased from seven to eight inches. It also offers wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so customers do not have to use a cable to connect their phones. Kona offers Digital Key, supported via a dedicated smartphone app, allowing smartphones to control selected vehicle systems remotely. Users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the panic alert and start the engine. Digital Key allows owners to leave traditional keys at home and allows secure sharing of keys with family and friends. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces 147 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm with a new (marketing babble alert) Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) for maximum efficiency. The Atkinson cycle design maximizes the effective cylinder expansion ratio (compression stroke vs. power stroke) for greater efficiency.
N Line and Limited trims have a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine generating an estimated 195 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500-4500 rpm, a claimed but untested advantage over competitors. Peak torque delivery starts at 1,500 rpm and holds through 4,500 rpm, for low-RPM responsiveness and performance during everyday driving. The 2022 Kona turbo engine has a retuned seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) for “outstanding efficiency with quick, seamless shifting and brisk acceleration.”
Hyundai said it has created an N Line version of the Kona to appeal to enthusiast buyers, available for the first time as an N Line version Kona N Line has a claimed sporty front and rear end, body color cladding, and specific diamond-cut alloy wheel design. The front t bumper, harmoniously connected and unified with the body color treatment of the wheel arch cladding. Instead of the skid plate design of the new Kona, the N Line version has an aerodynamic lip with low corner fins.
In profile, body color cladding and rocker panels are accompanied by a dedicated N Line 18-inch alloy wheel. The rear has a large central aerodynamic diffuser in contrast to the body, with dual exhaust tips. At the rear corners, the bumper fascia is formed with creased lines and strakes enhancing air flow. The N Line interior offers a dedicated N Line color package with black seats and red stitching, black headliner, metal pedals, and N logos for the seat, steering wheel and gear shift lever, with a sporty presence.