Hyundai's quirky crossover is set to get a more aggressive front end.
The new Hyundai Kona was spotted undergoing cold-weather testing earlier this year. Judging by the heavy camouflage the unit was wearing, we speculated the design will, most likely, be dramatic. But if these renderings are anything to go by, we won't have to guess anymore. Created by digital artist NYMammoth, the render retains its eccentric split headlight design, a styling trait that has been passed on to numerous Hyundai SUVs, like the Venue.
The blackened wheel arches extend into the front bumper and house the main headlight along with a faux air vent. The A-shaped grille is far bigger than before, lending the rendered Kona more aggression than the current model. The LED daytime running lamps are also linked by a black strip, giving it the futuristic front end first seen on the Staria minivan. The air vents sited below the front bumper are bordered by silver trim, breaking up the vast, black expanses afforded by the dominating grille.
If the final product looks anything close to this, Hyundai would be doubling down on its penchant for striking, polarizing designs that split opinion. With a refresh as recent as last year, it's unlikely that we will see the all-new model anytime soon. But based on the spy shots seen below, we can see the upcoming Kona retains the chunky rear styling, along with slim, high-mounted taillamps.
It's not the only Hyundai SUV currently preparing for an update, either. The range-topping Palisade has also been out testing and will likely gain the design language currently applied to the very distinctive-looking Tucson SUV, one of the brand's best models.
The current-generation Kona is offered in three unique configurations. The base-model Kona is priced rather competitively, with a base MSRP of just $21,300. The battery-powered derivative is more expensive but offers reasonably good value for consumers looking to buy a well-priced EV. At $34,000 before incentives, it's not bad, although recalls related to battery fires have dented its reputation.
For those craving a high-performance crossover, the $34,200 Kona N is the one to have. Despite the raised ride height, the 276-horsepower Hyundai handles with aplomb and can give most hot hatch a run for their money. In fact, we've seen what the Kona N can do when confronted with a long straight and a Golf GTI.
We can only hope the next-gen Kona retains the current model's fun nature. Regardless of what it looks like, it'll be a winner if that can happen.
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