Hyundai Kona N: up to 279 hp, but only front-wheel drive in combination with Dual-Clutch Transmission.
Hyundai continues to expand its range of sports N models and all of them so far, despite the global trend towards electrification, gasoline, emitting a large amount of CO2 into the air, from which, as many believe, the apocalyptic climate change is taking place.
The small SUV also boasts a stiffened suspension, crisp-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and snappy new duds to set it apart from other members of the Kona family. The Kona N equipped with 2.0-liter four already appears in the Veloster N, where it exhibits plenty of low end torque, minimal turbo lag and a zesty exhaust note worthy of a performance car. It also makes 81 horsepower and 127 Newton meter of torque more than the turbocharged 1.6-liter four found in the Kona N Line and Limited trims. The company’s “N Grin Shift” temporary overboost punches power up to 286 ponies (213 kW) at the push of a button, perfect for launches or quick passes. Hyundai claims a 62-mile-per-hour sprint of 5.5 seconds, with a top speed of 149.
The Kona N will get an eight-speed wet dual clutch transmission. A manual transmission likely will not be available in the Kona N, nor will all wheel drive. A front lip spoiler and split rear wing atop the hatch provide added downforce, as do reshaped side skirts. Body colored wheel arches, borrowed from the less aggressive Kona N Line, keep it all in the family. An aggressive wheel design suits the small SUV exuberant styling perfectly.
Inside, supportive looking front bucket seats feature microfiber suede seat faces and faux leather inserts, looking as comfortable here as the similarly shaped seats of the Sonata N Line. The 2022 Kona N gets Performance Blue accents applied liberally throughout the interior, including the steering wheel mounted drive mode selector, DCT gear selector and cupholder rings. A chunky steering wheel and metal pedals look the part and should feel nice to use as well and a hand operated parking brake is a nice.
The N gets a 10.0-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as an identically sized infotainment screen. The Kona N will have a full complement of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, lane follow assistance, active high beams, blind spot collision prevention, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona N will arrive on the market before the end of the year. Pricing has not yet been announced.