2020 Huyndai Kona Released In US; What’s New & Changed?
Hyundai Motor America has released first official details about the 2020 Kona small crossover.
The carmaker’s popular offering in the sub-compact crossover segment is entering the 2020 model year with only minor changes and upgrades.
Since the vehicle has only been on sale in the United States for roughly two years, there was no need to make any styling tweaks to the exterior and interior. The 2020 Kona looks just as fresh as when it first entered the U.S. market!
2020 Hyundai Kona changes & improvements
Listed here are all the changes that Hyundai introduced for the 2020 model year. Let’s have a look at what’s new and improved.
1. Iron Man Edition
We all knew that the eye-catching Hyundai Kona Iron Man was a limited to only a certain number of units being built. The vehicle has already been sold out, which means it is not available for the 2020 model year anymore.
2. SEL Plus trim level
The previously-available SEL trim level with Tech Package has been renamed to SEL Plus for the 2020 model year. The new trim level gained some features, including the 4.2-inch color multi-information display and wireless mobile phone charging.
3. Smart cruise control
The 2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate model also gained a new smart cruise control.
4. Orange color option
Last but not least comes the orange exterior color option with orange interior accents (available on Hyundai Kona Limited)!
Engine specs & AWD
The 2020 Hyundai Kona comes available with two different four-cylinder engines.
The base models come fitted with 2.0L engine that generates 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.
The second option, exclusive to the Limited and Ultimate trim levels, is the 1.6L turbo engine packing 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 through 4,500 rpm.
Hyundai Kona comes standard with front-wheel-drive, while AWD is optional. We need to point out that the FWD and AWD models ride on different suspension layouts for the rear axle. The Kona FWD comes with a rigid torsion beam, while the Kona AWD incorporates a multi-link suspension setup!
Hyundai Kona hybrid U.S. release date
There are good news and bad news about the release of the Hyundai Kona hybrid. The good news are that the Koreans have already launched the hybrid version of the Kona crossover. The bad news about that are, however, that the Kona hybrid will first go on sale in Europe, while the U.S. release date has yet to be announced.
It may be that Kona hybrid will not be launched in US before 2020.
Stay tuned for more news about that!