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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

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

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 Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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The N Line forms a midpoint between the standard Kona and the Kona N.

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Hyundai has a lot going on, with new EVs hitting the market, but the brand has been on a surprising run with performance models lately. The Veloster N is an excellent, rowdy hot hatch, and the brand followed that act with the Kona N and Elantra N. Hyundai’s Kona N takes the hot hatch formula to the next level with an incredible powertrain and useful space, but it’s too much for many people. The mid-point is Hyundai’s N Line, which borrows styling cues from the hottest N variants but lacks the all-out grunt of those vehicles.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineThe N Line gets aggressive styling cues from its sportier N counterpart. Hyundai

The styling works for the Kona N Line, as it does with the Kona N, but the powertrains couldn’t be more different. Where the Kona N gets a 286-horsepower four-cylinder, the N Line comes with a milder turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which adds a layer of engagement not found in the continuously variable transmission that standard Kona models get.

That modest output lends the Kona N Line modest performance, with more noise generated than expected. In motion, the powertrain feels decently responsive, but it lacks the razor sharp nerves of steel that the Kona N brings. Shifting into sport mode changes the gauge cluster to a bright red and hastens the vehicle's responses, but again, it's important to temper expectations for a milder experience here.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineThe digital gauge cluster responds to drive mode changes. Hyundai

Styling is more aggressive than the standard SUV, with 18-inch wheels and mean-looking exhaust tips. The Kona’s front-end design is still busy and will still be polarizing, but the dark trim and sporty aero bodywork help the situation. The N Line’s all-black interior gets red stitching and accents that help break up the otherwise monotonous color scheme. The seats are supportive and comfortable, but could be deeper for better body-holding during spirited driving sessions. There’s plenty of room up front and a surprising amount of space in back, aided by the Kona’s large-ish rear door openings. Parents will find an easy time loading kids, and older children can ride in relative luxury with plenty of legroom.

A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, which offers configurable colors and legible information. It’s paired with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, but a 102.5-inch screen with navigation is available. Hyundai’s excellent infotainment software runs flawlessly on both units, and offers an intuitive and straightforward way to interact with the vehicle. A Harman Kardon eight-speaker stereo also comes standard.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineRed accents liven what is otherwise a dark, monotone interior.Hyundai

The Kona N Line, while not as hot as the Kona N, offers a reasonable styling upgrade for people wanting a small SUV with sporty looks. Enthusiasts should look at the full-on N model for thrills, though, because the N Line should be viewed as more of an appearance package than a performance model.

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