Hyundai has unveiled the all-new KONA N as well as a digital showcase to introduce the Hyundai’s N Brand.
The KONA N is the latest addition to Hyundai’s N lineup and the first N model with an SUV body style and the company is expanding its N and N Line lineup to 18 models through 2022.
Engine and powertrain
The KONA N is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged GDI engine with an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (N DCT). N DCT is the enhanced version of Hyundai’s in-house developed 8DCT.
The powertrain delivers a maximum output of 280 PS / 40.0 kg-m. With N Grin Shift, the power is enhanced to 290 PS.
The KONA N has a maximum speed of 240 km/h and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds when Launch Control is activated.
Hyundai Motor implemented N Corner Carving Differential, an electronic limited-slip differential (E-LSD) on KONA N for control of torque distribution to driving wheels, delivering. The KONA N also is equipped with 19-inch lightweight forged wheels.
Even at the base trim, the KONA N comes with Launch Control, Variable Exhaust System and most notably N Grin Control System. N Grin Control System offers customers a high level of customization, with five distinct drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom.
These drive modes allow the system to adjust the operating parameters of the engine, Electronic Stability Control, exhaust sound, and steering to optimize them for a variety of driving conditions.
Interior & exterior design
The KONA N is equipped with new 10-inch infotainment and digital cluster system featuring a racing head-up display (HUD) as well as the N-specific, 19-inch wheels.
The vehicle is offered in a newly developed, N-exclusive Sonic Blue exterior colour which can be seen in the KONA’s interior through Performance Blue colour accents on the seats, steering wheel, shift knob and metal pedals.
The KONA N is equipped with advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, including:
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
- Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
- High Beam Assist (HBA)
- Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Alert (RCCA)
- Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
- Smart Cruise Control (SCC).
Also available in the KONA N is Bluetooth Multi-connection support and a natural language voice recognition system that incorporates Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies.
The KONA N is also equipped with Traction Control to handle a variety of terrain and surfaces, including snow and mud. Hyundai looks to build upon the N brand in e-performance possibly with electric and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains.
|Overall height (roofrack)||1,565 (1,565)|
|Engine||2.0-litre T-GDI w/ flat power|
|Transmission||8-speed wet-type DCT (N DCT)|
Curb weight (kg)
|1,515 (North America)|
|Power (PS) / Torque (kgf.m)||280 / 40.0|
|Top speed (km/h)||240|