Such a Tease

Hyundai teases refreshed 2022 Kona, new performance-focused Kona N Line with new images

The award-winning Hyundai Kona will be refreshed for the 2022 model year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai has released three new images of a refreshed version of the Kona and the forthcoming Kona N Line. The models are both 2022 model year vehicles.

The new model is a performance-focused take on the traditional Kona subcompact SUV and continues the company's recent influx of N Line models throughout their lineup, most recently with the Elantra N Line.

The Kona debuted as a 2018 model and earned the coveted 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year honors. With the refresh, it is expected that Hyundai will give the model a revised front and rear fascia (the front is shown in the teaser photos) and updated infotainment options.

2022 Hyundai Kona The Hyundai Kona will be refreshed for the 2022 model year.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai has confirmed that the model will have a wider stance and a "shark-inspired nose". The current Kona's fascia is modeled after the helmet of an ancient Roman gladiator. There will also be updated daytime running lights, front skid plate, and bumper.

Both the Kona and Kona N Line will embody the company's new Sensuous Sportiness design theme, which was first seen on the 2020 Sonata and followed with the 2021 Elantra.

The performance-focused Kona N Line will have a more aerodynamic design than its mainstream stablemate. This look includes low-set air intakes and a more aggressive front bumper. There are corner fins and lean crease lines as well.

Hyundai considers N Line models an entry point into the N Brand family of vehicles. Like the Ford ST Line and Audi S, which are a step below the companies' ST and RS grades, the N Line will likely include sporty design attributes and mild equipment changes.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Line The Hyundai Kona N Line will offer a sportier variant of the subcompact SUV.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

More design details on the new Kona and Kona N Line will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Trending News

 
 

Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

Hyundai

Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

Trending News

 
 

Safety and technology awards

Four Hyundai cars earn top marks for teen drivers

Best SUV for Teens $35 to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

Hyundai
Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles in several categories. One relates to teen drivers and how well a vehicle performs in areas such as safety and available technology features. The 2021 rankings for Best New Cars for Teens were just released and one automaker hit it big. Four vehicles from Hyundai's 2021 lineup took top spots in various categories. They include:
  • Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Kona
  • Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $35k to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid


2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra HybridHyundai


All vehicles that earned awards in the 2021 survey are available with safety features that include forward collision warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist. The vehicles also carry safety features and controls that allow parents to monitor their teen's behavior. Through the available smartphone app, parents can receive alerts when the vehicle goes over a set speed or if the teen leaves a set geographic area. The idea is that the functionality allows parents to coach their young drivers on their driving habits.


2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai


To earn a spot on the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens rankings, a vehicle has to score well in several categories that include crash test scores and available advanced driver assistance features. The vehicle must also have scored well in the publication's rankings for its segment and price level.


2021 Hyundai Kona Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai KonaHyundai

Trending News