Hyundai introduces the exciting Kona N and we have the details
Hyundai just introduced its updated i30N performance hatchback but with demand from customers for compact crossovers, the Korean brand decided to add that performance DNA to its popular Kona. This is the Kona N and it offers a heightened level of performance while retaining the same level of comfort and practicality that it has become known for.
The latest member of the N brand comes with a four-cylinder 2.0 turbocharged 206kW/392Nm engine and a highly distinctive, sporty design. Various motorsport-inspired features contribute to an all-around dynamic driving experience. These include lightweight, 19-inch forged alloy wheels and an emotional sound experience. The 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (N DCT), which is now also used in the upgraded i30 N, allows for an even more sporty, high-performance character.
The exterior design features understated design elements with N-exclusive red accents. The combination of body-coloured claddings and the 19-inch wheels provides KONA N with its wide, confident stance. The body-coloured fenders, meanwhile, emphasise the rich volume of the B-SUV’s muscular body, giving KONA N a close-to-the-ground appearance. An exclusive front grille design, with its dedicated mesh, an integrated N logo, and the aggressive light signature of the new KONA, complete the vehicle’s powerful front-on appearance. The Hyundai emblem in dark satin grey was moved down from the bonnet to lower the front focal point.
At the rear, the large, double-wing roof spoiler dominates the view, providing the necessary balance to keep the car on the road. Customers will also notice the iconic triangular third brake light. The red accent line and two large exhaust mufflers further emphasise the performance spirit.
Inside, the all-new KONA N offers a performance-oriented look and feel optimised for high-performance driving. It is equipped with high-quality materials and metal pedals. One feature that stands out is the N-exclusive sport steering wheel, which features a design optimised for the perfect grip and button layout necessary for dynamic driving.
The all-new KONA N comes with a 10.25-inch digital N cluster with a sporty design and a 10.25-inch AVN touchscreen. A Performance Driving Data System monitors and improves racetrack driving skills. The feature saves and displays driving data, such as power, torque and turbo boost, during racetrack driving via an AVN touchscreen. The system also comes with a lap and acceleration timer. When driving in Sport or N mode, the N graphics will also be shown on the Head-Up Display (HUD). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make the everyday driving experience even in a high-performance vehicle more convenient.
Two customisable N buttons on the steering wheel allow for any type of pre-set to be mapped according to individual needs for even more ease of operation, and paddle shifters make it possible for the driver to switch gears without taking their hands off the wheel.
We can't wait to get our hands on this crazy thing soon so that we can experience it first hand. We will keep you posted about our time with it.