2020 Hyundai Kona N With 246HP Turbo Spotted For The First Time

Hyundai has started testing the upcoming Kona N on the Nurburgring, giving us a first look at the brand’s upcoming spicy crossover.

The pictured prototype features the same bodywork with any normal ICE-powered Kona but key differences like the i30 N wheels, the bigger brakes and that intercooler hanging behind the front bumper point to the crossover’s hotter powertrain.

Speaking of which, last time we heard about the possibility of a Kona N, the company wanted to throw the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain from the i30 N under its bonnet. This is believed to be just the 246 HP (250 PS) non-Performance version paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

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Perhaps the arrival of the VW T-Roc R could persuade Hyundai to offer the more powerful 271 HP (275 PS) variant of the same powertrain as well but that’s just a speculation so far. Power will drive the front wheels exclusively, unlike the current range-topping 175 HP 1.6 T GDI variant which is fitted with all-wheel drive.

The chassis of the Hyundai Kona N will be upgraded with more common parts with the i30 N but it will get its own, model-specific setup as far as suspension and steering goes. The bodywork will be dressed more aggressively, featuring new bumpers front and rear, deeper side sills, a rear spoiler and of course a bigger tire/wheels package.

The Hyundai Kona N is just one of the models the Korean car maker has in store for us; the other one is the i20 N hot hatch, which will arrive in early 2020 as a rival to the Ford Fiesta ST and the VW Polo GTI.

Hyundai will launch the Kona N soon after the i20 N, entering the niche segment of go-faster sub-compact crossovers in mid-2020.

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  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This will be entertaining!

  • Bash

    Not bad. I like that color too.

  • Jawohl

    One for the Plebians

  • Six_Tymes

    my friends wife has a kona, it is so tiny in the back, I think my wife’s sentra has more room! Just not practical, and its way over priced.

    • Alpina

      That is true, my colleague also has one. Plastic interior, 3 cylinder engine 🙁 and no space whatsoever. Very cramped in the back and the boot is sufficient for one big bag, if so. It makes more sense to buy i20 wich is roomier and cheaper by 20-30%.

  • KidRed

    Lose the plastic-fade-prone-cladding please!! This shape is not sporty at all so hopefully they’ll make more exterior upgrades.

  • Mr. Nobody

    Anything less would be shooting thyself in the footess.

    Dual clutch and awd with that 2.0 And I’ll be tempted.

    Doesn’t need 300hp but a modern more rugged I,e higher road clearance hot hatch would be awesome.

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