The Hyundai Kona was first introduced in 2017 as a five-door subcompact crossover. A year later, Hyundai released a hybrid and electric version of the Kona which is the Kona EV.
Now, Hyundai is planning to introduce an allegedly sportier and high-performance version of the crossover which is the Kona N.
Spy photo of the new Hyundai Kona N at the Nürburgring | via Carthrottle
Reports say that the new high-performance Kona N will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine capable of producing around 275 hp – that’s 125 more horsepower in comparison to the current version.
It is said to connect to an all-wheel-drive-system just like the Veloster N.
Spy photos reveal little to no detail with the amount of camouflage the Kona EV wears during its test run at the Nürburgring. All we can distinguish as of now is an aerodynamic spoiler, lower suspension compared to the current Hyundai Kona, an oversized radiator, an N-side skirt, and a redesigned rear bumper with twin mufflers.
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Moreover, since the Kona N is running on 19-inch N-brand wheels with red high-performance brake caliper during its test run, then we might expect to see that the Kona N will run on the same five-spoke wheels that the Veloster N currently has.
According to thekoreancarblog, the Kona N could be revealed to the public around July 2020, but could expect some delays on its debut. The Kona N is reported to share a lot of high-performance similarities with its hatchback sibling, the Veloster N.
Hyundai hasn’t released any information just yet regarding the details of the new Kona N. We might have to wait a little bit further because Hyundai might be targeting to release the Kona N’s details at a right time amid the global health crisis. Latest updates on upcoming Hyundai cars can be found in our Complete guide to the Hyundai Philippines' local lineup.
The 2020 Hyundai Kona
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Know more about Hyundai Kona 2022
The Hyundai Kona 2022 is a subcompact crossover brought in by the Korean marque. It is available in the Philippines in one variant only which is priced at Php 1,188,000. Powering this vehicle is a 2.0-liter NU MPI Atkinson gasoline engine capable of generating 147 horsepower and 179 Nm of torque. Only a 6-speed automatic transmission is used to drive the power from the engine to the front wheels exclusively.
In terms of dimensions, the Kona has a length of 4,165 mm, a width of 1,800 mm, and a height of 1,550 mm. Additionally, it comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,600 mm and 170 mm, respectively. In the local market, this Korean subcompact crossover goes up against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Kia Seltos, and Geely Coolray.