2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Changes Bring Softer Style, New Tech

Christian Wardlaw | Nov 11, 2020

Announced for the European market, the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric is getting a handful of improvements that should also apply to the U.S.-specification models.

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Blue Front View

Styling is updated, the electric SUV’s dimpled simulated grille pattern replaced with a redesigned front end offering a smooth surface, new LED running lights and headlights, and a creased brow that adds a subtle smile to the car. Air intakes remain at each corner of the lower bumper to improve aerodynamics, and the centered lower intake adds satin bars to dress up its appearance.

Wheel-arch cladding is now body color, and the 2022 Kona Electric gets new aluminum wheel designs. Around the back, revised rear lighting and satin bars on the valence panel mimic the car’s front styling.

Inside, the interior adds ambient lighting and a revised Gray interior color treatment. A new 10.25-inch digital instrumentation cluster complements the existing optional 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. With the standard 8-inch infotainment display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. You’ll still need a physical connection to run these smartphone mirroring platforms using the larger display.

Blue Link connected services provides the ability to transfer your driver profile to other Hyundai models and supplies a new Last Mile navigation assistant via a smartphone app. New SmartSense safety features also debut for the Kona Electric, including active blind-spot assistance and a rear automatic braking system that’s part of the rear cross-traffic warning system.

Helpful for people who like to check email at traffic lights, the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric’s new Leading Vehicle Departure Alert function tells the driver when the car ahead is moving. The refreshed Kona Electric also gets a new rear-seat reminder system and a Safe Exit warning system that helps prevent occupants from opening the door to exit the vehicle when traffic is approaching from behind.

Expect the 2022 Kona Electric to arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2021, part of an announced onslaught of models that will give Hyundai ten hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell vehicles in the 2022 model year.

Hyundai is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on November 11, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.

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