At the end of last year, Hyundai teased what appeared to be a Kona N car in a teaser, after numerous spy photos last year of a camouflaged model being tested.
However, Hyundai has not explicitly confirmed that Kona will become the first highperformance crossover to join the N family.
All this changes today, and the answer is yes, N is officially on its way to being that.
Kona adds that some practical features fit into the current N family of models, such as the i30 N and Vollister N.
We can now also confirm that Kona N will use the 2.0liter turbocharged engine and an eightspeed dualclutch automatic gearbox.
“We are excited to expand the recipe for success that we developed with the i30 N, and more recently, with the i20 N, to one of our most popular SUVs on the market today,” says company vice president Andreas Christoph Hoffmann.
Hyundai has confirmed that the DCT will be a wet dualclutch unit, the same gearbox that was introduced for the improved Folester N engine last year.
Hyundai has not confirmed production of the Kona N engine, but the 2.0liter Fulester N produces up to 275 hp and 278 lbft of torque, which gives us an idea of what to expect.
In a new video for the company, Hyundai shows the Kona Inn performing a variety of daily activities, interspersed with lighting effects and strange highspeed movements on the racetrack.
Although still camouflaged, Hyundai’s latest photoshoot of the Kona N has bigger sporty wheels, a large grille and dual sporty exhaust pipes.
Kona N will come with both Launch Control and a socalled “Emotional Sound Experience”. It is meant to be a more affordable alternative to the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 upon its arrival, while easily beating traditional competitors like the Honda HRV.
As announced by Hyundai: that there will be more details about the wonderful Kona N N in the coming weeks.