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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Hyundai Kona

<p>The Hyundai Kona is a five-seater subcompact crossover that comes with a unique and striking exterior design. The Kona first made its debut in the Philippines at the 2018 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). Hyundai Philippines offers the Kona with a sticker price of Php 1,188,000. This subcompact crossover is equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that puts out 147 hp and 180 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes in Chalk White, Lake Silver, and Dark Knight. To match its trendy vibe, Pulse Red and Acid Yellow are also offered.</p>

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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