Hyundai’s N division is preparing a high-performance version of the Kona compact SUV.
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Hyundai isn’t a brand typically associated with producing high-performance vehicles but that perception is changing fast as the brand’s N division rolls out exciting performance models.
The Kona N is also expected to be the first N model to feature all-wheel-drive and will be fitted with the same 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine found in the i30 N and Veloster N and will be tuned to offer up to 205 kW (202 kW is likely). An 8-speed DCT was recently confirmed for the Veloster N and it too is expected to be offered in the Kona N while a 6-speed manual transmission is also on the cards.
In terms of styling, the Kona N will likely feature a more purposeful face with a mesh grille, skid plates and a dual exhaust system. The Kona N will ride on N-branded 19-inch wheels with red brake callipers adding a sporty touch.
We have already sampled the Hyundai i30 N earlier this year and we can only hope that future N products make it to South Africa.
We will keep you updated as soon as more details are revealed!