The Hyundai N performance skunkworks will expand its lineup in the United States to seven entries by 2022, and one of them will be the new Kona N.
The high-performance compact crossover has been testing at racetracks all over Europe for the past year and is due for a reveal later this year as a 2022 model. On Wednesday, Hyundai provided some details on the specs buyers can look forward to.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission will be standard, though it isn't clear if drive will be to all four wheels in the Kona N or just the front pair like in the Veloster N and i30 N. What also isn't clear is whether a manual transmission will be offered as an alternative like in the Veloster N, though don't hold your breath.
2022 Hyundai Kona N's 8-speed dual-clutch transmission
What we do know is that the 2.0-liter engine will have a rating of 276 hp, while the 8-speed DCT, a Hyundai N-exclusive item, will have a number of performance-oriented shift programs designed to alter the transmission's shift pattern depending on the style of driving. They are the NGS (N Grin Shift), NPS (N Power Shift) and NTS (N Track Sense Shift) programs.
NGS combines two elements: improved transmission response for about 20 seconds coupled with a temporary 7% boost in peak torque, which can be handy when passing. NPS is activated when the throttle is depressed more than 90% and essentially limits torque reduction during upshifts to minimize drops in performance. Finally, NTS is designed to make shifts that are optimal (gear selection and timing) for performance. It relies on a number of factors including the road surface, the current driving situation, and data gathered from motorsport, according to Hyundai.
2022 Hyundai Kona N spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Teaser sketches plus our own spy shots of prototypes reveal an aggressive design for the Kona N, with the front end in particular dominated by large air intakes and a lip spoiler. A tamer version of the design features on the Kona N Line due on sale this spring as a 2022 model. Other interesting features include the dual-wing design at the rear and large exhaust tips.
As mentioned above, Hyundai fans can look forward to seven N models in showrooms by the end of the 2022. The first three have already arrived in the form of the updated Veloster N and new Elantra N Line and Sonata N Line, all of which arrived for the 2021 model year. These will be followed by the aforementioned Kona N Line, a Tucson N Line, an Elantra N and this Kona N.