Hyundai created something of a hit with its Veloster N, the 275-horsepower rocket with a snarly exhaust and seats that hug you tighter than a naughty co-ed.
"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 officially begun teasing the range-topping Kona N, a vehicle which will go on to be the first ever high-performance SUV for the Korean automaker. Instead, it will get the same turbocharged 2.0-litre unit and eight-speed "wet" dual-clutch N DCT as the auto i30 N, something that reasserts Hyundai's ambitions for an increasingly crowded segment.
Power outputs and finer details are being withheld until an official reveal, but expect the Kona N to pack a similar punch to its i30N equivalent given they share a platform and will most certainly share a four-cylinder engine. While the Kona is only sold in India in its electric guise now, the Kona N could make a case for itself as the country's first N auto, given the heavy preference for crossover-SUVs.
Interestingly, Kona is a mite shorter and narrower than Veloster, though it is about 200 mm taller given its assignment as a crossover-type machine. Hyundai has also confirmed the availability of Launch Control, plus an "emotive soundtrack" as well. In terms of weight, a Veloster N is nearly exactly 100 kg more than a front-wheel-drive Kona; and about equal in mass to an all-wheel-drive version.
More details, including final power numbers and release dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.