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Hyundai reveals powertrains, features of U.S.-bound, refreshed 2022 Kona SUVs

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The Hyundai Kona has been given a facelift and new variant for the 2022 model year.

Last September, the 2022 Hyundai Kona and Kona N-Line debuted. Now, nearly half a year later, we have the answer as to which powertrains and features will be on the U.S. version of the subcompact SUV as part of its mid-generation refresh.

Power options

The 2022 Hyundai Kona will be sold with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the U.S. That engine produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. No changes there from the 2021 Hyundai Kona S, SEL, and SEL Plus. Hyundai is doing away with the six-speed automatic transmission that was paired with the engine previously. Now, it is mated with a new Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission.

An upgraded four-cylinder will be offered in the Kona N-Line and Limited trim levels. It’s a 1.6-liter turbo-four that delivers 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. That’s 20 horsepower more than the same engine put out in the 2021 Kona Night, Limited, and Ultimate models. The engine is paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai will give the 2022 Kona Electric a 150 kilowatt hour permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor and 64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that deliver 291 pound-feet of torque to the Kona Electric’s front wheels – nothing new there. Expect the powertrain to deliver a Hyundai-estimated 132 MPGe in the city, 108 MPGe on the highway, and 120 MPGe combined. Charging time remains the same.


Hyundai traditionally equips their models with a long list of standard and available features. The Kona is no exception. The options list includes a sunroof, shark fin antenna, leather-trimmed seats, heated seats, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity key with push-button start, and one-touch up/down windows.

Hyundai has given the Kona S a standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen. Satellite radio gets added in Kona SEL models while a 10.25-inch screen is available on Kona N-Lines and standard on the Kona Limited. An eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system is available on N-Line models while Limiteds get ut standard.

Curiously, the 2022 Kona has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto only on models with the standard 8-inch infotainment screen. The larger screen has compatibility for the tech, but it must be wired to connect. Two USB ports are standard. The Kona Limited comes with three – an extra in the rear. A wireless smartphone charge is standard on the Kona N-Line and Limited.

The 2022 Hyundai Kona will arrive stateside later this year.

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