And this is our best look yet at the newest N development.
The success of the Hyundai Veloster N and i30 N has encouraged the Korean automaker to expand its high-performance N range, which is essentially Hyundai's equivalent to BMW M. Soon, the Hyundai Kona crossover will be getting the N performance treatment.
We recently got to see the new hardcore crossover in action as video footage showed a camouflaged prototype getting a workout at the Nurburgring, in which we get a taste of the hot crossover's angry exhaust note. Hyundai isn't ready to show off the Kona N just yet, but a new rendering by KKS Studio has digitally removed the camouflage to show us what the production version will look like.
Finished in Hyundai N's signature Performance Blue with sporty red accents, the rendered Hyundai Kona N is fitted with larger air intakes, unique wheels, and red brake calipers, highlighting its improved performance. It isn't visible in the render, but the Kona N is also expected to feature a deeper front spoiler and larger rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the wheels are said to be N-specific 19-inch alloys wearing summer tires.
Being based on the upcoming Kona facelift also means the N version will have a wider cascading grille replacing the current model's hexagonal grille, restyled bumpers, and redesigned split-level LED headlights and daytime running lights.
Under the hood, the Hyundai Kona N is expected to use the same aggressive-sounding 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Veloster N. In the updated 2020 Veloster N, this unit produces 246 horsepower as standard and 275 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque with the optional Performance Pack installed.
The Kona N should also inherit the Veloster N's eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Whereas the Veloster N is only available with FWD, the Kona N is expected to be offered with AWD. Hyundai hasn't announced when the Kona N will debut, but sources have claimed it will be unveiled this summer. After the Kona N, the Elantra sedan will reportedly get the N performance treatment in addition to the mildly warmed-over N Line model.