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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

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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 new Maps+ app will allow drivers to use a navigation system who had not previously purchased navigation.

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General Motors is giving its vehicles a new navigation solution. Maps+, an in-vehicle, app-based way-finding program, will begin rolling out to approximately 900,000 model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of 2021, starting on April 30.

"We know customers want an easy and convenient in-vehicle experience that improves over time," said Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of Global Connected Services. "We listened to customer feedback and developed a product that works seamlessly with our current infotainment systems and provides a highly personalized experience that will iterate throughout the lifetime of the vehicle."

Maps+ was developed in partnership with Mapbox. The new app replaces navigation functionality in already-purchased vehicles that had purchased a navigation system. It provides navigation functionality to drivers of vehicles that did not opt for navigation at the onset.

The new application features Alexa build-in voice control that allows users to listen to music or podcasts using the system's integrated audio apps. A search box allows users to find points of interest, shops, restaurants, parking, and more. There is also embedded speed alert, low fuel recognition, predictive keyboard entry, day and night modes, category shortcuts, rear-time traffic routing, and dynamic mapping capability.

"Our obsession is the driver," said Peter Sirota, CEO of Mapbox. "The map is the canvas for providing the driver with a delightful, easy-to-use experience. From discovering new places to avoiding traffic on your commute to paying at the pump or the plug, Maps+ lays the foundation for an excellent navigation experience. We are excited to build upon this with GM to continue to drive adoption."

GM and Mapbox are committed to continuing Maps+ post-launch, developing new features and improvements based on feedback and metrics.

Maps+ will be available on select vehicles through Connected Vehicle, Premium and App Access subscription plans. Current eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners will be notified when their vehicle is eligible for Maps+.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

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2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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