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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.

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Hyundai i30 N Hot Hatch RevealedThe 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.

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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.

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Hyundai i30 N TCR Race CarThe 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.

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