The Hyundai Kona N Is Going To Look Hardcore

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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.

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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.

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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.

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