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2022 Hyundai Kona gets new sleek design, Kona N Line debuts

Hyundai is upgrading its award-winning subcompact SUV for 2022.

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Hyundai has introduced a new take on the Kona subcompact SUV and a new trim level for the 2022 model year. The revisions include the introduction of the first Hyundai Kona N Line variant.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Line

The Kona N Line takes sporty design inspiration from the company's N performance model lineup. It features a unique front and rear end, body color claddings, and diamond-cut wheel design. The SUV, which competes directly with the Kia Seltos, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and Buick Encore GX, has a new front bumper that unifies the color of the wheel arch cladding with the front end. There is no skid plate; rather an N-style aerodynamic lip with low-lying corner fins sits at the base of the face. The car's air intakes are also larger with a mesh design.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Line

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The model rides one 18-inch alloy wheels that do not share their design with any other model in the Kona lineup.

At the rear are a new bumper with contrasting color diffuser, one-side double muffler, and corner creases one tenth bumper the have N-style fins below.

In the SUV's cabin, the Kona N Line gets a dedicated N Line color package featuring one-tone black cloth, leather, or suede seats. The upholstery features red stitching and there are metal pedals and the N logo one the gear shift and seats.

2022 Hyundai Kona

Kona's styling is evolving to be more in line with the next-generation Sonata and Tucson, and updated Santa Fe. It front end has new cladding, a freshly stretched hood, new grille shape.The lower bumper has a skid plate while intakes dominate the corners of the face.

Designers have strived to create a less disconnected side body, which now features cleaner design. With its additions, the Kona is now 40 mm longer than before, giving it a more extended silhouette.

At the back are new taillights with a horizontal graphic. Below is a new bumper.

The revised Kona rides on updated 17- or 18-inch wheels, or the 16-inchers that have been carried over from previous model years.

Hyundai will offer the Kona in a revised exterior color palette including five new paint jobs: Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Ignite Flame, Cyber Grey, and Misty Jungle. They join the existing Phantom Black, Chalk White, Dark Knight, Pulse Red and Galactic Grey colors. Every color can be combined with the Phantom Black two-tone roof.

A number of new and upgraded powertrain options, including hybrids, have been introduced. It's not immediately clear which the U.S. will get. The Kona EV's all-electric power plant is expected to remain the same.

The Korean automaker is giving the Kona a tech infusion for the new model year. The SUV gets a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and available 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen. The standard infotainment screen size is up to eight inches from seven.

The car's infotainment system rests above the redesigned center console that now includes an electronic parking brake. This is part of a larger quality upgrade on the Kona's interior that also includes the addition of ambient light and aluminum finish rings around the speakers and air vents.

Hyundai has upholstered the Kona with new materials in new colors. New seat cover options include a black woven houndstooth design, cloth seats with black and grey embossing, and perforated leather seats in black, beige, or khaki. A light beige interior design scheme is also available.

Second-row heated seats and a second-row USB port are now available. Manual seat adjustment functionality has been enhanced for front-row occupants.

Hyundai has upgraded its adaptive cruise control system to include stop and go technology. New Leading Vehicle Departure Alert alerts the driver if they do not react fast enough when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving. Lane Follow Assist is also available. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist adds pedestrian and cyclist detection. Rear cross-traffic alert is being made available to wider number of vehicles.

Rear seat alert and traffic sign reader technology are designed to make the driving experience safer. In addition, the new KONA is now available with eCall, a feature that automatically alerts emergency services if the airbags are deployed or the e-Call button is being pushed.

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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Cadillac will give the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing carbon fiber seats.

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Cadillac continues to tease its long-awaited Blackwing sedans. The company is using the Blackwing monknier to designate their top-performing models of the CT4 and CT5.

Those models will also wear the "V' designation and be given the full name Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing. They will both be 2022 model year vehicles.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing testing This CT5-V Blackwing was spotted testing at Virginia International Raceway, Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac has slowly been leaking out details of the models, even as the market moves away from sedan sales. We know now know that Cadillac CT-5 Blackwing will feature racing inspired seats. According to the automaker, "The carbon fiber seat back will feature a precision book-matched design and laser-etched V-Series logo. The seats will also include other customer-centric innovations and features that will be announced at a later date."

Cadillac also confirmed that the model is a limited edition.

We already have seen a picture of the cars' interior. That photo showed a new performance steering wheel that is crafted with leather and cut-and-sewn stitching. It features a 12 o'clock red racing stripe, carbon fiber trim, and a V-Series emblem. That emblem is designed to envoke nostalgia for Cadillac's championship-winning heritage on the track. Cadillac has designed the wheel with driver ergonomics as a priority.

The new models will feature V-Mode and a Performance Traction Management system that can be accessed on the left- and right-hand side of the wheel, respectively.

Additional buttons on the steering wheel are more typical to the General Motors lineup. They feature heated steering wheel, follow distance, cruise control, phone call/Bluetooth, and volume controls.

Each V-Series Blackwing model will feature a specially tuned chassis, vehicle control technologies, and engines. The models will be offered with a manual transmission.

The CT5-V Blackwing will be available starting in summer 2021. Expect pricing to be around the $60,000 mark.

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