Hyundai Kona N Might Get The Green Light For Production

Hyundai’s recently launched N sub-brand for performance models currently includes two members: the i30 N and Veloster N.

It’s expansion, however, is very likely, and it appears that an ‘N’ version of the Kona is already in discussion, AutoExpress reports, after talking to Albert Biermann, Hyundai N chief.

Biermann gave instructions to engineers to build a test mule of the subcompact crossover, with different suspension, steering, brakes and other components, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the i30 N. The unit is believed to arrive in the lesser flavor, with 250PS (246hp / 184kW), channeled to the front wheels likely through a six-speed manual transmission.

“I’ve told them [engineers] to build the car and we’ll see what happens with getting it approved. It has to be the i30 n powertrain, really. Of course, we can give Kona different specifications on suspension and steering, although there are some common components we can use in that area as well, because it’ll be front-wheel drive, like the i30 N. But we already know that it has to be that car’s engine and gearbox for the Kona N, yes”, commented Albert Biermann.

If given the green light for production, then the Hyundai Kona N is rumored to arrive before the end of the decade. Besides the mechanical upgrades over the regular versions of the crossover, it will also get a more aggressive styling, with larger front and rear bumpers, mean-looking diffuser, roof-mounted spoiler and other parts.

Hyundai might give the N treatment to the next generation i20, too, but before that, it will launch the N Line models. These will arrive with chassis and styling changes, but less power.

“We’ll bring the i30 N Line to market later this year. We have reprofiled quite a lot of it over the conventional car – the steering, the gearshift, the springs, shocks and dampers. It should be a useful new model in the range and help to build the N brand”, added Biermann.

Note: Hyundai i30 N and Kona pictured

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  • songoku64

    Help me choose Veloster N or Gti, really wish the type R wasn’t so ugly.

    • TheHake

      Lol. Yep, and it’s not going to age well!

    • Mill0048

      I vote Veloster N, but I like unloved cars. GTI is too tame for me.

  • Galaxium

    I’ve been really conflicted on the Kona. I think it would have looked much nicer if it didn’t have the plastic cladding.

  • Leconte Dave

    We don’t care about the kona, give us the elantra gt…

  • Evo45

    Why not make it 4×4? It would be nice.

    • TheHake

      You do get the Kona in 4×4, but it’s quite expensive.

      • Evo45

        I know that, but I meant for the N version.

        • TheHake

          Yes, I know. Sorry, I didn´t state my comment well… What I meant was, it´s already available on the normal one, they should just do it for the N version as well, but it would probably be quite expensive.

  • TheHake

    NOW you’re talking! Yes please!

  • Bash

    Those rear light does look similar or at least as if inspired by the VW Golf.

  • Oh sure, Why the hell not?

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