The camouflage is starting to come off Hyundai's new high-performance crossover.
The Hyundai Kona EV recently celebrated a huge sales milestone, with worldwide sales surpassing 100,000 units since the electric crossover launched just over two years. To capitalize on the Kona's success, Hyundai is preparing to launch a new N performance variant. Spy shots of prototypes being tested have confirmed that Hyundai is cooking up a hot Kona N, and now the camouflage has dropped, giving us a more revealing look at Hyundai's new high-performance crossover.
We can now see the design of the new cascading grille inspired by the recent Santa Fe facelift. The Kona N's larger air intakes are also partially revealed, while the large rear spoiler and prominent rear diffuser are now uncovered.
Unique wheels and red brake calipers visually set the Kona N apart from its standard sibling. Changes applied to the front bumper, split headlights and taillights indicate the Kona N will launch as part of the upcoming Kona facelift range.
As for the powertrain, the Hyundai Kona N is expected to pack the same aggressive-sounding 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Veloster N paired with an eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. This setup produces 246 horsepower in the 2020 Veloster N, or 275 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque with the optional Performance Pack installed. Unlike the Veloster N, however, power will be sent to all four wheels in the Hyundai Kona N.
If the Kona N is too hardcore for you, a sportier N-Line variant will also launch with a tuned version of Hyundai's 1.6-liter Smartstream GDi engine producing 215 hp, mated to an eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. Also expect the Kona N-Line to get some sporty styling upgrades and revised suspension and brakes.
We still don't have an official debut date yet, but the prototype looks production-ready. Sources have claimed the Hyundai Kona N will debut sometime this summer, so we shouldn't have to wait much longer.