New Hyundai Kona facelift previewed in official images

Hyundai has released preliminary details and preview images of its updated-for-2020 Kona crossover.

The facelifted model is said to receive “urban and sporty styling updates to strengthen its unique identity”. The updates are part of the Hyundai’s broader Sensuous Sportiness global design theme that will be used on most forthcoming models.

Key changes include a totally redesigned front end, with the current hexagonal grille ditched in a favour of a wider, slimmer item stretching across the Kona’s face.

A new design of daytime running lights also feature, alongside a refreshed bumper and skidplate design. Hyundai also claims a wider stance, although it’s unclear if this means a wider track or visual tweaks to give the appearance of increased width.

The facelifted Kona also introduces a new N-Line variant for the first time. The sportily styled model is claimed to feature a more aerodynamic design, with enlarged intakes and a more aggressive front bumper profile. Expect sporty cabin revisions, too.

The Kona N-Line is the prelude to the forthcoming full-fat Kona N. Expected to be revealed separately later this year, the performance variant has been seen testing and will feature a 200bhp+ powertrain (expected to be a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine) and a bespoke chassis set-up.

Away from the N model, we’re expecting mild updates to the Kona’s powertrains, upgrades to its cabin and infotainment and additional driver assistance features.