Hyundai Kona N will use the same 2.0-litre turbo engine from i30 N but making only around 250 PS; could enter production by end-2020
Hyundai’s N performance sub-brand has certainly made a mark ever since it was decided to become a mainstream offering and it has two models: one based on i30 and the other Veloster. The Korean auto major’s latest hit in the global markets is the Kona and to capitalise on its popularity, the N could be expanded as well.
According to media reports, the Kona N version is highly likely and a test prototype is being readied with mechanical and cosmetic modifications such as a much aggressive exterior, tuned suspension, brakes, steering and other elements contributing to the sporty handling characteristics.
The performance version of Kona only seems logical as the crossover trend continues to be on the rise. It could use the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine shared with the i30 N and is reported to produce only 250 PS. The drive will be transferred to all the four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
The presence of an optional automatic ‘box cannot be ruled out either as Hyundai could try to provide more buying choices to the customers. If Hyundai authorities give a go, the Kona N is likely to be manufactured towards the end of this decade. As for the styling, we can expect sporty bumpers up front and rear, bold diffuser assembly and roof-integrated spoiler among other bits.
The long rumoured i20 N could become reality in the near future as well but before that a slew of models from the N Line will be released in late 2018. They are said to have revisions to the chassis and exterior styling with reprofiled steering, springs, shock absorbers and dampers.