Refreshed Hyundai Kona to get Santa Fe's new grille?

Updated Sep 30, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

Will the Santa Fe’s new grille give the Kona a better look?

As we get closer to the release date of the 2021 Hyundai Kona, we are seeing more and more substantial changes to the subcompact crossover. It is expected to be out in summer 2020.

The Kona was first introduced by Hyundai in 2018 and joined the diverse subcompact crossover lineup. It is stylish, versatile, and reasonably affordable.

With all the expected features to be added, one can hope that it will further solidify its place in the subcompact crossover segment.

Front view of the camouflaged Kona

New spy photos of the 2021 Hyundai Kona [Source: Korean Car Blog]

In the spy shots taken by the Korean Car Blog, we can see that the Hyundai Kona will be equipped with a larger front grille. If you look closely, it appears to be the massive front grille we see from the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

The signature grille design could be a trademark for the newer versions of the Hyundai SUVs. It looks exceptional on the Hyundai Santa Fe, but it would be interesting to see it on a smaller subcompact crossover like the Hyundai Kona.

Front view of the Santa Fe

Check out the massive front grille on the new 2021 Santa Fe

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Based on the spy shots of the Hyundai Kona, it will likely keep its sharp headlights, be installed with new wheels, and new signature LED taillights – possible connected taillights. We could also see some subtle changes to the front bumper.

Locally, the Hyundai Kona will have a tough competition in the competitive subcompact crossover segment – going against the likes of Toyota Rush, Ford EcoSport, and Honda BR-V.

Side view of the camouflaged 2021 Kona

Will the new updates make the Kona look better or not? [Source: Korean Car Blog]

Hyundai will also offer a performance variant for the Kona which will be badged with an N. We have recently seen the performance variant drive around the Nürburgring Nordschleife and it looks and sounds promising.

Latest updates on upcoming Hyundai cars can be found in our Complete guide to the Hyundai Philippines' local lineupHere at, we value your interest in the automotive industry. You can visit our website to find out more.

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Know more about Hyundai Kona 2022

Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona 2022 is a subcompact crossover brought in by the Korean marque. It is available in the Philippines in one variant only which is priced at Php 1,188,000. Powering this vehicle is a 2.0-liter NU MPI Atkinson gasoline engine capable of generating 147 horsepower and 179 Nm of torque. Only a 6-speed automatic transmission is used to drive the power from the engine to the front wheels exclusively.

In terms of dimensions, the Kona has a length of 4,165 mm, a width of 1,800 mm, and a height of 1,550 mm. Additionally, it comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,600 mm and 170 mm, respectively. In the local market, this Korean subcompact crossover goes up against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Kia Seltos, and Geely Coolray.


Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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