High-Performance Hyundai Kona N Has A Reveal Date

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Hyundai will also preview the future of the N performance division during the reveal.

Hyundai has been sharing some revealing teasers of the forthcoming Kona N, the new high-performance version of the funky Kona crossover. This suggested an official reveal is imminent after Hyundai was caught testing prototypes multiple times last year, but now we know exactly when the Kona N will break cover - and we don't have long to wait. Hyundai has announced the high-performance crossover will debut on April 27 as part of the automaker's first Hyundai N Day, a digital showcase that will preview the future of Hyundai's performance division.

Hyundai promises the Kona N will "change what people expect from an SUV" thanks to its "powerful combination of versatility, spirited acceleration, agility and racetrack capability."

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A new teaser image provides a close-up of the Kona N's red brake calipers and alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. More revealing images released by Hyundai have already shown the Kona N will sport a unique grille, lower suspension, dual exhaust pipes, a faux rear diffuser, special badging, and Hyundai N's signature blue paint with red accents.

Hyundai has also confirmed the Kona N will be equipped with the same eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission available in the Veloster N. But unlike the Veloster, no manual transmission will be available. We still don't know what lies under the hood, but the Kona N is expected to utilize a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with around 250 to 275 horsepower.

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Joining the Veloster N hot hatch and Elantra N sedan, the Kona N will be the first Hyundai SUV to get the high-performance N treatment. During the presentation, Hyundai will also preview the N division's future electrified direction following last year's debut of the 810-hp Hyundai RM20e hot hatch concept.

We'll have to wait and see if Hyundai confirms pricing details at the event, but the Kona N's extra grunt and sporty styling enhancements will bump up the price compared to its standard sibling. For reference, the regular Hyundai Kona starts at $20,500, so the N version will likely have a price premium of around $10,000.


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