Hot Hyundai Kona N to top new crossover range

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Author: | Updated: 14 Jan 2021 11:47

Hyundai has confirmed its Kona crossover will get the N treatment, with this high-performance model set to top the recently revealed facelifted range.

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It’ll be the first SUV to receive the N-treatment and we’ve been treated to some pictures of the camouflaged model undergoing testing.

The new line-up will be available from the 18 January, although the N will arrive later this year. Read on for all you need to know.

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Hyundai Kona exterior

The Kona has benefited from extensive design tweaks on the outside. At the front, a revised grille and sharper headlights bring the Kona in line with the i30 and i20, while the highlight is the introduction of the N-Line trim.

This model gets a range of exterior enhancements that give it a sportier look than the standard car. There’s a different set of bumpers, body-colour cladding and 18in alloy wheels to name a few.

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The pictures don’t give much away, but expect the potent N model to feature flared bodywork and similar enhancements to the i20N and i30N. That means beefier bumpers, a larger air intake and potentially a large rear spoiler. There’s sure to be a sporting set of unique alloy wheels for this model too.

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Hyundai Kona interior

Not too much has changed on the inside compared to the outgoing model, but N-Line models get distinctive red stitching, metal pedals and a host of trim pieces that add to the N-Line’s sporty feel on the inside.

All models get a 10.25in digital driver display and an 8in infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automatic safety features have also been enhanced, with Lane Following Assist and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist now standard.

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Hyundai Kona trim levels

Four trim levels are available: SE Connect, N-Line, Premium and Ultimate. The SE Connect costs from £21,060 and gets 17in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, a digital driver display and an 8in infotainment system with rear-view camera.

N-Line costs from £23,590 and adds those sporty features on the exterior and interior. Additional features include climate control, automatic wipers, auto-dip rear-view mirror, rear USB sockets, rear parking sensors and ambient lighting. The infotainment screen is also 10.25in rather than 8in, matching the driver display.

The Premium costs from £23,660 and adds heated front seats, an electric parking brake and front parking sensors. The range-topping Premium costs from £25,960 and adds electric front seats, LED headlights, a tilt and slide electric sunroof and a raft of safety tech including Blind Spot Collision Warning.

The N model will top the range, although price and specs are to be confirmed. We’ll bring you more details when we know more on that one.

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Hyundai Kona engines

Although the Kona already exists as a hybrid and electric model, the petrol-only models are now technically hybrids too thanks to the addition of a mild-hybrid 48V system. It’s standard on the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol models, all of which produce 120hp. The SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate models are also available with the 1.6-litre hybrid petrol engine, which all come with an automatic gearbox.

At the top end of the scale, the Kona N combines a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Specs are to be confirmed in the coming weeks, but expect it to feature high-performance driving features such as launch control.

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Hyundai Kona release date

The revised Kona is set to arrive in the UK on 18 January. We’ll bring you details when we know more, but in the meantime why not check out our review of the Kona Electric?

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