Just something to hold us over until the Kona N arrives.
We are eagerly awaiting the reveal of the Hyundai Kona N, which will be a high-performance crossover producing up to 275 horsepower. The N will likely arrive along with a facelift of the lesser 2021 Hyundai Kona, a model year that has yet to be officially revealed. Until now, that is, as Hyundai has just announced a new limited-production model called the 2021 Kona Night Edition.
This is officially the first Kona variant to appear for the 2021 model year, but details for it are scarce if not nonexistent. Hyundai's official press release for the car only says it will include a "stylish blackout treatment." It also says that the car will arrive in dealerships this September.
A supplemental video in the release confirms that the Night Edition will utilize the Kona's 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission rather than the base 2.0-liter. Unless Hyundai has a surprise power increase up its sleeve, the Kona Night Edition will produce a healthy 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque instead of only 147 hp and 132 lb-ft.
The car also receives a few Night Edition-exclusive goodies including LED headlights and taillights, gloss black interior and exterior accents, aluminum-alloy sport pedals, and 18-inch RAYS black alloy wheels. The design is, of course, not nearly as aggressive as the upcoming Kona N, but it still looks sportier than a standard Kona.
Hyundai did not provide any pricing information though a company insider told CarBuzz it is based on the SEL plus, but with the 1.6T engine. The SEL Plus currently starts at $23,950, though the turbo engine and limited edition should add to that price. Production will be limited, but the special edition will still be more attainable than the last special edition Kona Iron Man Edition, which only sold 223 units in the US. The Night Edition will offer 3,000 units. This special edition will be available in Galactic Grey (pictured above), Ultra Black, or Chalk White.