Hyundai is the latest automaker to go dark. That’s not as bad as it sounds, because in this case we’re talking about a special edition vehicle that eliminates chrome and color for a dark monotone treatment. In other words, unless you go for Chalk White, which is a very weird color option to offer on something called Night Edition, but we’re getting a head start here.
Here is the Kona, Hyundai’s small crossover and starting in September you can get the new Night Edition. As the name suggests, it offers glossy black interior and exterior accents where you would normally find chrome or some other shade. We would like to tell you what the specific differences are, but Hyundai has chosen not to share this information.
Obviously, the chrome grille frame is gone, as are the chrome stripes on the lower sills and the rear hatch. A new set of 18-inch Rays aluminum wheels in a semi-gloss black finish offer the biggest exterior update. The Kona was pretty monochromatic to begin with, so other than the wheels, there isn’t much of a difference in the exterior appearance.
Interior changes will be more noticeable, with silver on the door handles and other interior components receiving a darkening treatment. However, not all will be gloomy – aluminum pedals for the accelerator and brake will greet the driver. The slim pedal powers the Kona’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, developing 175 horsepower (130 kilowatts) distributed by a seven-speed DCT. This is the same combo that is found on top-finish Konas, although Hyundai does not associate the Night Edition with a specific version, or if it will be available with all-wheel drive.
We know it will be available in just three colors: Ultra Black, Galactic Gray (seen here), or the aforementioned Chalk White. Yes, white doesn’t really speak to a model with night in its name, but the idea here is a dark trim, not a dark car. Hyundai doesn’t have specific pricing or production numbers for the Night Edition, but we’re told it will only be offered in limited numbers starting in September.