2021 Hyundai Kona N Revealed Ahead Of Unveil
In the coming weeks, Hyundai officially previewed the Kona N SUV. The Ford Puma ST competitor is set to sell on foreign markets before the middle of 2021 and is the third pillar of the N subbrand range, the newly unveiled i20 N and the well-established i30 N.
Official shots and renderings of the 2021 Hyundai Kona N prove essential stylistic features including new chunkier bumper and lateral skirt extensions, wide two-exit exhaust pipes, a new rear spoiler, and a tailor-made wheel style that hides extended brakes with a red-painted caliper. Also in the interior are the regular N tweaks, including sports benches, some trim details, and extremely configurable drive modes.
Interestingly for the use of the 2,0-litre engine adaptable to i30 N, the model will use the 1.6-liter unit of the corresponding i20 N that produces 203hp. This was powerful than the Kona N key competitor–Puma ST 200hp–but the model also has to be delivered with the 250hp and 280hp i30 N outputs.
While the Kona N would be a front-wheel drive, the regular Kona can be used in top models with a four-wheel drive. There is also a Launch Control system-a far more powerful feature for four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Hyundai N is also claiming they would show an “emotional sound experience”–a comparison that could improve the engine note by means of automated sound generators. The hot SUV will have “plenty of versatility driving fun like any other car,’ says Till Wartenburg, N’s brand manager and engineer. Enthusiasts will love taking this car everywhere, from road to the track.”
The power upgrade will be supplemented with a custom frame setup that includes a stiffer suspension and power brakes.
Although there is no news yet of the fact that the 2021 Hyundai Kona N will be brought to India, in mid-2021, Hyundai will launch the i20 N-Line in India. The Korean carmaker also plans the introduction of the fully-fledged hot hatchback i20 N.
In the meantime, in September last year, the Kona standard was lifted in mid cycles with restyled outside and more inside the technology. In November last year, Hyundai internationally also launched the Kona Electric facelift. But Hyundai continues to market the Kona Electric pre-facelift in India, priced between Rs 23.76-23.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).