Hyundai has been long teasing us with the images of the Kona N and the sources were also busy capturing it doing some rather pacey laps on the Nurburgring track. And a company bringing a rather big bag of news with its Ioniq brand of electric cars and the N-badges cars that are actually creating a lot of news. Next in the line is the Elantra’s version of N-line for now Hyundai has finally confirmed and revealed the ‘next member’ of its high-performance N range, which will be the all-new Hyundai KONA N.
The new N-line vehicle will first-time find itself stinging the SUV range of Hyundai’s cars. While Kona has a lot of other variants globally, fully electric ones to the usual IC-engined ones in other markets. This will be first launching in the United States, which tells how serious Hyundai is about the market here.
The Kona that is right now on sale in the US starts at $20,400 with a 2L GDI four-cylinder and a 1.6L Turbo-charged GDI engine. While only the turbocharged variant maxes with 175 hp and that is the most this usually powered Kona would do. The N-line would be way over 200 hp and will be priced over the Kona’s top trim that sells at $29,450.
“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 transmission will be an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, which will be known as N DCT. What will lie ahead of it is the 2.0 Turbo engine. Like the other N models, the all-new KONA N will have a good variety of high-performance driving features and equipment, Launch Control and an emotional sound experience, to name a few. It is likely to share some more common parts with the high-performance Veloster N hot hatchback.
“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
What started Hyundai’s high-performance brand N, was the introduction of its high-performance hatchback i30 N. And now the planning is to expand its line-up through the year 2021. As told earlier, the next being the Elantra N-line. The range has diversified with the ‘hatchback’ i20 N and the ‘SUV’ KONA N, and then the sedan. Hyundai says, “the N brand will provide fun-to-drive vehicles that befit any kinds of consumers looking for driving pleasure.”