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.