Official: Hyundai Confirms Kona N As First Hot SUV

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The power of the Veloster N mixed with crossover versatility.

At the end of last year, Hyundai teased what appeared to be a Kona N, following numerous spy shots last year of a camouflaged model being tested. However, Hyundai hadn't yet explicitly confirmed that the Kona would become the brand's first high-performance crossover. That all changes today - yes, the Kona N is officially on its way.

The Kona N adds some family-friendly practicality to existing N models like the i30 N (not sold in the US) and the quirkily styled Veloster N. We can now also confirm that the Kona N will employ a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot and an eight-speed N dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

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"We're excited to expand the recipe for success we've developed with the i30 N and, most recently, with the i20 N to one of our most popular SUVs on the market today," said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. Hyundai went on to confirm that the DCT transmission will be a wet dual-clutch unit; the same gearbox that was introduced for the enhanced Veloster N last year.

Hyundai hasn't confirmed output's for the Kona N's engine, but the 2.0-liter powerplant in the Veloster N produces up to 275 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, which gives us an idea of what to expect. In a hilarious new video, Hyundai showcases the Kona N performing a variety of everyday crossover-like activities, interspersed with traffic light blasts and high-speed antics on a race track.

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Although still camouflaged, Hyundai's latest images of the Kona N show the crossover sporting bigger wheels, a large mesh grille, and sporty dual tailpipes. The Kona N will come with both Launch Control and a so-called "emotional sound experience". It should prove to be a more affordable - and faster - alternative to the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 when it arrives, while easily outpacing more traditional competitors like the Honda HR-V.

Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand Management and Motorsport Sub-division, said that enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the Kona N "anywhere", be it the road or the track. Hyundai says that more details will be announced about the hot Kona N in the weeks ahead.

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