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Hyundai Kona N Confirmed, Brings Hot Hatch Formula to Compact Crossover

Hyundai of Europe has announced that the Kona SUV will be the next vehicle to get the full N treatment. Details are scant in the teaser release, but they confirmed the Kona N will have the same 2.0-liter engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N . The Kona N will be the first Hyundai SUV to get the N treatment, andif we assume the same output as the Veloster N and Elantra Nits engine will likely produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Thatd make the Kona N a credible competitor to compact performance SUVs such as the Mercedes-AMG GLA35 and the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman . Five years ago, wed have laughed off the idea of Hyundai making a sporty SUV that could seriously take on the Germans. But five years ago, ex-BMW M chief Albert Biermann had only just been hired on at Hyundai. Now that weve sampled his wares, we are salivating at the idea of an N-ized Hyundai SUV. Will our desire be satiated? We asked our local Hyundai PR team about plans for the Kona N, and they responded with Please stay tuned for official news from the Hyundai North American PR team. That either means theres a press release in the works, or theyre going to pretend the Kona N doesnt exist as they launch the Elantra N on our shores, as well as the Elantra N Line and Sonata N Line , which are not as hot as the full-on Ns but still pretty darn impressive. (The updated 2022 Kona gets an N Line model, as well , but unlike the Elantra and Sonata N Line models, the Kona N Line is merely an appearance package with no performance upgrades.) --> Europeans already get to enjoy two N models that wont come stateside: the half-pint i20 N, based on a city car too small for the American market, and the i30 N, which until recently was sold here in non-N form as the Elantra GT . But the Kona is already here and it meets U.S. safety standards, so we cant see any logical reason not to bring it to the Statesbut Hyundai doesnt always act logically. Well keep our fingers crossed, and our corny KonaN the Barbarian jokes at the ready. The post Hyundai Kona N Confirmed, Brings Hot Hatch Formula to Compact Crossover appeared first on MotorTrend .

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