Hyundai to launch its first high-performance SUV in 2021, the Kona N

2022 Hyundai Kona N Teased Under Camo, First Specs Released

2022 Hyundai Kona N Teased Under Camo, First Specs Released

Compact SUVs represent the fastest-growing segment in the new auto sales race, and manufacturers are working to introduce high-performance versions of popular crossovers.

Also as per the i30 N, Hyundai has confirmed the availability of an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox in the Kona N, although there's no mention of the manual gearbox option which the hatch still offers as an alternative.

"We're excited to expand the recipe for success we've developed with the i30 N and, most recently, with the i20 N to one of our most popular SUVs", said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, vice president of marketing and product at Hyundai Motor Europe. "The addition of Kona to the N family will bring our high-performance brand to the next level", signed off the vice prez.

Hyundai has released further details surrounding its new Kona N.

In September 2020, Hyundai unveiled the "warm" 2021 Kona N-Line.

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While official power and torque figures have not been confirmed, the updated Hyundai i30N offers 206kW thrust from the same fundamental engine that may be offered in a vehicle the manufacturer calls the "baby barbarian".

The rumours can finally lay to rest - the first Hyundai N Performance SUV will be the Kona N. Confirmed in an exciting teaser, the Kona N (in full N camouflage, by the way) will join the i30 N and i20 N (and Veloster N in some markets) in the full-hardcore N Performance lineup.

These elements make it obvious that the Kona N will be a more potent SUV than the similarly sized Ford Puma ST, which has an 80bhp deficit from its three-cylinder turbo engine. The automaker also promised a variety of high performance driving characteristics.

While crossovers aren't particularly sporty, Hyundai said the Kona N will have a "powerful and nimble driving experience".

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