The engines for the Kona N and N-Line sound legit.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona is a fairly sporty crossover with its 1.6-liter turbo-four engine producing 175 horsepower, which is a lot for the sub-compact segment. But as we already know from spy shots, Hyundai plans to take the Kona up a few notches by introducing a sportier N-Line variant and a hardcore N version.
We've had pretty good guesses at what would power each of these new models but just days after details leaked regarding the Elantra N-Line's engine, The Korean Car Blog has new information regarding the Kona. Like the Elantra, we now know exactly how much power these new Kona models will produce.
The Kona N-Line will be powered by a highly tuned version of Hyundai's 1.6-liter Smartstream GDi engine producing 215 hp. Not only is this a bit more power than the upcoming Elantra N-Line, which is slated to have 201 hp, but the engine will also be linked to a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission rather than the older seven-speed box.
It is expected that the standard Kona will be updated with a 180-hp version of this engine mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. As with other N-Line models, the Kona will likely receive plenty of visual upgrades and improvements to the suspension and brakes.
The more hardcore upgrades will be saved for the Kona N, which will borrow the 275-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four from the Veloster N, hopefully with the same shouty exhaust tuning. Just like the updated Veloster N, this engine will send its grunt through an eight-speed DCT.
But unlike the Veloster, the Kona N will route its power to all four wheels rather than just the front two. Even if the Kona N is heavier than the Veloster N, it may actually hold the advantage off-the-line thanks to the AWD system. With nearly no performance models in the subcompact crossover space, the Kona N should have the market to itself.