Hyundai teases Kona N performance SUV

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 13, 2021

Hyundai has revealed new technical information on its Kona N, a fast variant of its compact SUV that will rival the Ford Puma ST and VW T-Roc R. When it goes on sale in early summer this year it'll join the refreshed i30 N and new i20 N in Hyundai's performance line-up, expanding the N range into a new sector and bumping up awareness of the sub-brand both here and overseas.

Additional information will be released in the "coming weeks", but the Kona N is slated to have a sportier exterior as previewed by these official photos. It's also been confirmed that the new vehicle will only be available with an automatic gearbox.

While official power and torque figures have not been confirmed, the updated Hyundai i30N offers 206kW thrust from the same fundamental engine that may be offered in a auto the manufacturer calls the "baby barbarian". There's a good chance that an N Performance variant of the Kona N will follow on from the release of the standard vehicle.

The company will introduce the new "hot" Hyundai Kona N in spring 2021, with sales to begin in summer.

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Ford offers a Puma ST in Europe, combining a 147kW three-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission that makes it an unlikely starter in Australia.

Hyundai is keeping specifications under wraps, but confirmed the model will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that can be connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The prototype also features N-specific design touches such as a vented spoiler featuring a triangular third brake light, large alloy wheels, red brake calipers and two large exhausts. It will also get several chassis upgrades over the standard auto including lower and stiffer suspension, a limited-slip differential, launch control, and a set of Pirelli performance tyres.

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