Having already received prizes at the Red Dot Design Awards 2018 and at the iF Design Awards the same year, the Hyundai Kona has been given a new hybrid engine combined with specific, imperceptible aesthetic refinements. The least discrete change shines on the exterior: the renewed 16- or 18-inch alloy rims. Along with the unobtrusive “hybrid” written on the tailgate, and the logo “BlueDrive” on the mudguards, the rims are one of the only elements that allow you to immediately identify the twin engine variants.
The passenger compartment has submitted to even more modest changes, with new white details: the stitching on the seats, the ring around the ignition button, the internal frames of the vents, and the moulding at the base of the gear stick, combined with accents in shiny black: the door handles, the external frames of the vents, and an insert on the steering wheel. Such a configuration, which is unique in this range, can, however, change radically and conform with the combustion engine models. The well known colour packages: orange or lime green, can be requested, which charge many details – the seatbelts included – with resounding vivacity.
On the dashboard, finally, the extremely modern and exclusive infotainment system dominates, with a 10.25-inch screen, and is destined to be progressively extended to other models. The stylistic homogeneity with respect to other versions on the price list, Hyundai explains, constitutes a purposeful choice: the hybrid is, by now, in line with the preferences of the ordinary customer (+39% of registrations in Italy in 2016) and, therefore, it does not require special differentiation. There’ll be no more blue profiles on the bumpers like there used to be. For Kona, fresh and attractive right from conception, it is a logical evolution.