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