The Kona Is the Latest Addition To the Hyundai N Lineup

Back in November, Hyundai laid out a road map of its N and N-Line Lineup through 2022. When it was disseminated to the public, two models had yet to be announced. However, we can now see that one of those models is a full-on N version of the Kona.

Official power figures have not been released yet, though Hyundai has confirmed that the Kona N will feature a powertrain similar to that of the current Veloster N: a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. No option of a manual transmission or all-wheel-drive is mentioned in the release.

At this point, it seems likely that the last of the seven models mentioned in November will be a Kona N-Line, as it is already planned for 2022 in some markets. Whether or not that is true, the next N or N-Line model is more than likely going to be a continuation of Albert Biermann’s winning formula.

Read the full press release below:

Offenbach, January 12, 2021 – Hyundai Motor has confirmed that the next member of its high-performance N range will be the all-new Hyundai KONA N. The model will be the first high-performance SUV for Hyundai. As its base model was highly popular globally, much anticipation is aroused for the high-performance version of the KONA.

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 on the market today: KONA,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The addition of KONA to the N family will bring our high-performance brand to the next level.”

The all-new KONA N will be available with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, known as N DCT. Combined with its 2.0 Turbo engine, it is sure to deliver a powerful and nimble driving experience. As with other N models, the all-new KONA N will be equipped with a variety of high-performance driving features such as Launch Control and an emotional sound experience.

The all-new KONA N is the first ‘hot SUV’ from the N brand,” says Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand Management and Motorsport Sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company. “As a ‘hot SUV’, it will have plenty of versatility as well as the driving pleasure like any other N vehicle. N-thusiasts will enjoy taking this car anywhere; from road to the track.”

Hyundai’s high-performance brand N, which ventured into the high-performance field with its i30 N, is planning to expand its line-up in 2021. Especially with more diversified segments in its line-up, like the i20 N and the upcoming KONA N, the N brand will provide fun-to-drive vehicles that befit any kinds of consumers looking for driving pleasure.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
1/14/21 9:34 a.m.

wait.... hold the phone. i20N? 

All-new Hyundai i20N blasts in for 2021 | CAR Magazine

An accent with the 201hp 1.6T and 2600lbs. Seriously... I want that. 

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
1/14/21 9:37 a.m.

Once again no awd. Dammit Kia. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
1/14/21 9:39 a.m.
Vajingo said:

Once again no awd. Dammit Kia. 

Ummmm Hyundai? 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
1/14/21 10:09 a.m.

This sounded like an interesting replacement for my Suzuki SX4 until I saw that it wouldn't come with a clutch pedal.  I'm not looking to replace the SX4 in the near term but in another few years it might be time to consider a change.  Hopefully there's something else like this out there when I want to make a move but it seems more and more doubtful (outside of maybe a five-door GTI or whatever from VW).

nocones
nocones UberDork
1/14/21 10:25 a.m.
bobzilla said:

wait.... hold the phone. i20N? 

All-new Hyundai i20N blasts in for 2021 | CAR Magazine

An accent with the 201hp 1.6T and 2600lbs. Seriously... I want that. 

Yeah I can't imagine the giggle factor if you removed 500lbs from my Elantra GT Sport.  Color me interested.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
1/14/21 10:28 a.m.
nocones said:
bobzilla said:

wait.... hold the phone. i20N? 

All-new Hyundai i20N blasts in for 2021 | CAR Magazine

An accent with the 201hp 1.6T and 2600lbs. Seriously... I want that. 

Yeah I can't imagine the giggle factor if you removed 500lbs from my Elantra GT Sport.  Color me interested.

plus pops and bangs and all the brakes. 

AaronT
AaronT Reader
1/14/21 10:57 a.m.
bobzilla said:

wait.... hold the phone. i20N? 

All-new Hyundai i20N blasts in for 2021 | CAR Magazine

An accent with the 201hp 1.6T and 2600lbs. Seriously... I want that. 

Hot dang! It's not a Gazoo Yaris, but it looks like a hoot!

MrChaos
MrChaos UltraDork
1/14/21 11:07 a.m.
AaronT said:
bobzilla said:

wait.... hold the phone. i20N? 

All-new Hyundai i20N blasts in for 2021 | CAR Magazine

An accent with the 201hp 1.6T and 2600lbs. Seriously... I want that. 

Hot dang! It's not a Gazoo Yaris, but it looks like a hoot!

which we wont get

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