Hyundai is testing a prototype of the “charged” crossover Kona N

Hyundai is testing a prototype of the “charged” crossover Kona N

May 9, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Journalists noticed a camouflaged prototype of the South Korean Hyundai Kona crossover in a more powerful N-version. The debut of the novelty will take place before the end of this year.

We first noticed the prototypes of a more powerful version of the compact SUV back in February – then the prototype of the novelty was very heavily coated with camouflage films and special false panels that interfered with looking at the exterior of the car. Since then, the brand’s engineers have slowly reduced their disguise. Over the past few months, we have examined several series of “spy” photos of the Kona N, but only now we can look at this crossover in motion. This time, the car was spotted on the Nurburgring race track.

What you probably hear is the sound of a 2.0-liter turbocharged Hyundai four-cylinder engine used in the high-performance Veloster N and i30 N.

It should develop power of about 275 horsepower in the new Kona N, driving all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai did not say a word about the technical characteristics of the Kona N, but judging by the video, the brand is preparing a very powerful version of the compact crossover.

 The video also gives a look at the clearance of the crossover, which looks lower compared to the usual Kona. Hyundai engineers have probably upgraded the suspension of the car to improve its handling while reducing body roll – rolls are still noticeable during cornering. Large air intakes in the front bumper will also appear. Other visual enhancements include U-spoke wheels, an enlarged roof spoiler and red brake calipers.

 The production of Konda N was scheduled for July this year, although due to the coronavirus pandemic, the deadlines may be delayed, but the debut of Kona N can be expected before the end of this year.