The New 2021 Kona N Is Hyundai’s First High-Performance SUV
You knew this was coming: Hyundai’s hot N branch finally did an SUV.
Some things are simply inevitable in the 2020s: death, taxes and automakers releasing ever-higher trim levels of their SUVs. As soon as Hyundai started its performance N brand, you knew there would be an N SUV sooner or later. That day has come, as Hyundai confirmed today that the Kona N will be its first-ever high-performance SUV.
Hyundai Europe released some teaser shots of a camouflaged Kona N ripping around a race track along with some limited information on it. As the next N-branded model and the first N SUV, the Kona N will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine mated to an available eight-speed N wet dual-clutch transmission.
Hyundai's current 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine makes 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in the Veloster N, Car and Driver notes. No power or torque figures for the Kona N were released at this time, but Hyundai said the popular SUV will pack performance features like launch control and "an emotional sound experience."
spy videos of the Kona N ripping around the Nürburgring, those real-life noises are a tad quieter than the exhaust note in Hyundai's video.
More details are coming soon, but Hyundai has been expanding its N-branded vehicle lineup in recent years, so branching out into a fast SUV simply makes sense.
The Drive reached out to a Hyundai N spokesperson for the U.S. to see if we'll get the N as well, as there is no information on it currently on the U.S. press site. We'll update this if we hear back, but it feels like a no-brainer to eventually send the Kona N to the land that absolutely eats up stuff like the Ford Edge ST and Porsche Macan GTS. Maybe if it does well in Europe, we'll get it over here.
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