Brace for another crossover that’s been drinking from the performance spring

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Ignore the "official" spy photos provided by Hyundai. Ever carmaker is in that game today, as lame as it may be. However, it shows that the Koreans are hard at work trying to ready the spicier Kona N for its debut. To keep the hype up, they’ve published the said set of pictures and new spec-related details.

The Hyundai Kona N Is Happening, And Its Performance Might Surprise You! Exterior
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The pictures are in the photo gallery for everyone to look at and browse through. What we’ll focus on has to do with the new Hyundai Kona N’s powertrain. As per its makers, the performance crossover will marry an eight-speed wet dual-clutch gearbox (aka N DCT) with a 2-liter turbo mill. That’s all we get, with the promise that more info is going to be released in the coming weeks.

Even if Hyundai didn’t delve into specifics - such as how much power and torque it has unlocked for the Kona N, we can at least have a look at the i30 N/Veloster N to make an idea of what sort of credentials might be in store for the souped-up crossover.

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For starters, the i30 N packs 247 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque from a 2-liter turbo mill fed with gasoline. Hyundai even offers a Performance Pack that sees power take a hike to 275 horses and torque to 289 pound-feet. 0-62 mph takes 5.9 seconds with the Performance Pack, although the Kona N should be heavier, so it might need a tad over six seconds for the sprint. As for top speed, 155 mph would be a likely threshold.

Engine 2.0-Liter Turbo-Four
Horsepower 247 HP
Torque 260 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 5.9 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

Worth noting is that the i30 N can also be had with a six-speed manual, but it looks like Hyundai won’t offer that at all for the Kona N. Coming back to the dual-clutch unit, it’s expected to offer three modes, just like in the i30 N - N Grin Shift, N Power Shift, and N Track Sense Shift. We’re not sure how and why would anyone take the Kona N to the track, so that mode might not be featured after all. We’ll see.

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There’s not much to discuss on the design side, either, inside or outside. The Kona N should flaunt a muscled-up exterior at least, maybe via a new diffuser, revised bumpers, new wheel designs (as seen in the pictures), and larger exhaust pipes (also showcased in the press photos). Hyundai might also offer a unique body paint color for the Kona N, as it does for the i30 N. We can also spot a subtle roof spoiler coming out from above the rear window.

That said, we’re not expecting a lot of fireworks on the inside, although the standard Kona’s interior is pretty basic and would leave a lot of room for sporty add-ons. Colored stitching (the i30 N uses blue as the color of choice) is most likely on the table, just as much as redesigned seats, and a shift-time indicator, perhaps even an optional 10.25-inch central display.

The Hyundai Kona N Is Happening, And Its Performance Might Surprise You! Exterior
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Since it’s too early to talk about pricing, you’re better off checking out the images in the photo gallery.

Tudor Rus
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All-new Hyundai KONA N to be next model in N line-up
First SUV to join the N family
Set to deliver the benefits of an SUV as well as uncompromised driving fun
Eight-speed N DCT and the 2.0 turbo engine guarantee high-performance
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12 January 2021 - Hyundai Motor has confirmed that the next member of its high-performance N range will be the all-new Hyundai KONA N.

The model will be the first high-performance SUV for Hyundai. As its base model was highly popular globally, much anticipation is aroused for the high-performance version of the KONA.

We’re excited to expand the recipe for success we’ve developed with the i30 N and, most recently, with the i20 N to one of our most popular SUVs on the market today: KONA. The addition of KONA to the N family will bring our high-performance brand to the next level.

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann
Vice President of Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe
The all-new KONA N will be available with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, known as N DCT. Combined with its 2.0 Turbo engine, it is sure to deliver a powerful and nimble driving experience. As with other N models, the all-new KONA N will be equipped with a variety of high-performance driving features such as Launch Control and an emotional sound experience.

The all-new KONA N is the first ‘hot SUV’ from the N brand. As a ‘hot SUV’, it will have plenty of versatility as well as the driving pleasure like any other N vehicle. N-thusiasts will enjoy taking this car anywhere; from road to the track.

Till Wartenberg
Vice President and Head of N Brand Management and Motorsport Sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company
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Hyundai’s high-performance brand N, which ventured into the high-performance field with its i30 N, is planning to expand its line-up in 2021. Especially with more diversified segments in its line-up, like the i20 N and the upcoming KONA N, the N brand will provide fun-to-drive vehicles that befit any kinds of consumers looking for driving pleasure.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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