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March 10, 2021

The First-Ever Hyundai Kona N Has These Huge Exhausts

After showing it off in camouflaged form, Hyundai is now offering the world its first glimpse of its first-ever high-performance SUV: the 2022 Hyundai Kona N.

The images, still part of its prolonged teaser campaign, shows what Hyundai’s “hot SUV” is like. Starting with a regular Kona (the recently refreshed one), it adds Hyundai N design elements to give it a more powerful presence.

The front view is dominated by large, sporty and now iconic air intakes, and the new light signature gives Hyundai’s latest high-performance model an aggressive, powerful appearance. The lower grille defines the character of the bumper fascia: its shape is inspired by an aeronautic fuselage and extends to the side of the car, emphasizing its aerodynamic efficiency and speed. An N logo on the unique upper grille completes the look.

At the rear, a large double-wing roof spoiler for enhanced downforce gives spice to the rear view. It also incorporates a third, triangular brake light, as is customary with N models. Large N dual exhaust mufflers fully express the model’s high-performance spirit. Lower down on the rear bumper, a large diffuser enhances the airflow departure. The sporty appearance is further emphasized through body-colored fenders, bringing KONA N visually closer to the ground.

In terms of mechanicals, Hyundai hasn’t revealed full details yet except for the fact that it’ll use a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine mated to a wet-type 8-speed dual clutch transmission.

No final horsepower and torque figures have been said, but if it’s the same engine under the i30 N, it makes 280 horsepower and 353 Nm of torque. Unlike the hot hatch though, power will likely be routed to all four wheels via an all-wheel drive system.

More than just raw power, the Kona N will also come with other features such as launch control and an “exciting sound experience.”

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