The facelifted Hyundai Kona has been revealed, featuring revised exterior styling, a slightly larger luggage compartment and a new N Line trim option.

Billed as an “attractive entry point to Hyundai’s high-performance N brand”, the Kona N Line features a more aggressive facia, body colour claddings and a cheeky rear spoiler.

Instead of a front skid plate, the N Line version gains an N-style front lip with low-lying corner fins. It also scores a model-specific 18-inch alloy wheel design plus a rear diffuser in a contrasting colour and a twin-tailpipe arrangement. Inside, there are dedicated N Line bits and pieces, such as red stitching, metal pedals and the “N” logo on the gear shift (and seats).

What about the standard Kona? Well, the refreshed model likewise gains a new front-end design, dominated by redesigned LED daytime running lights. At the rear, there are revised taillamps and a new rear bumper.

Interestingly, the facelifted Kona is some 40 mm longer than the original, which the Korean firm says results in “extra cargo capacity and rear seat legroom”. While the current, SA-spec model has a claimed boot capacity of 361 litres, Hyundai in Europe lists a figure of 374 litres for this refreshed version.

Inside, the brand claims the Kona has been handed a “more upscale and progressive look” than its predecessor. An electric parking brake has been added “in response to customer demand”, while there are new aluminium finish rings around the speakers and air vents, too.

Also new to this model is a 10,25-inch digital cluster, as employed by the new i20. Furthermore, the updated Kona will be offered in some markets with an optional 10,25-inch infotainment screen (the standard item measures eight inches, which is one unit larger than before).

Hyundai claims the refreshed Kona has had its suspension “retuned for a smoother ride”. In addition to springs and dampers, the stabiliser bars were modified while the rear bump stop was also tweaked. The steering, too, has been “fine-tuned to match the new suspension character”.

The engine range for international markets (with a mix of front- and all-wheel-drive options) includes an “enhanced” 1,6-litre T-GDI petrol engine, offering 146 kW via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There’s also a 1,6-litre turbodiesel engine with 100 kW and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology.

The 88 kW 1,0-litre petrol mill (which is offered here in South Africa) can be optionally equipped with 48-volt mild-hybrid tech overseas. Another powertrain offered in Europe is the 1,6-litre GDI hybrid, which features a combined output of 104 kW.