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Hot Hyundai Kona N is Coming, Expect Unveiling This Summer

Hyundai is testing a sports modification of its award-winning Kona crossover.

The Hyundai Kona N was first mentioned in May 2018, when the company informed that a prototype had been developed. The latest spy shots available let us make sure the production vehicle is underway.

Though the test car hides the N-specific details under the camouflage, wider wheel arches, large dual exhaust pipes, Brembo brakes with red calipers can be seen.

We expect the Kona N will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine, the same one as in the Hyundai i30 N, which delivers 275 hp (205 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm). It will likely work in combination with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The company introduced the 5-door subcompact Kona crossover in 2017.  A year later, in 2018, the Kona Electric (Kona EV) was launched. In 2019, What Car? magazine found the Kona EV had the highest real-world range among electric cars for sale in Great Britain.

At the 2019 NAIAS in Detroit, the Hyundai Kona, both electric and non-electric, won the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, for the first time for a subcompact crossover in its award history.

As for the upcoming Kona N, the company considers it to be a potential competitor for the larger SEAT Ateca. Hyundai will likely introduce the hot SUV this summer as a 2021 model. Expect the market launch as early as in the fall (autumn) of 2020.

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