Hyundai Kona N prototype high-performance crossover spotted in tests

Hyundai Kona N prototype high-performance crossover spotted in tests

August 14, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Some publications have published photographs of tests of a prototype “charged” South Korean crossover, which received a roll cage and large exhaust pipes, as well as an aggressive rear spoiler. The Kona N will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 275 horsepower.

It has long been known that Hyundai is preparing to offer a high-performance version of its Kona compact crossover. The prototype of the novelty was seen once again at the final tests at the Nürburgring race track. Despite the camouflage, you can see that the Kona N received a serial body, rims, optics, etc.

Located closer to the road than the regular version of the model, the prototype had a stiffer suspension and new alloy wheels measuring at least 18 inches.

Red brake calipers on the rear axle emphasize the sporty character of the crossover, but the rear of the car really reveals its sporty character. These huge tailpipes are perfectly matched to the massive roof spoiler with a triangular third brake light.

It looks like Hyundai has changed the lower headlights at both the front and rear, which could mean the Kona N will be based on an updated version of the model. The subcompact model has been on the market for about three years now, so now is the time for Hyundai to unveil an updated rendition of the quirky crossover.

Hyundai has even put an N badge on the false radiator grille in the same place where a similar nameplate is found on the “charged” i30 N and Veloster N. This is a slightly different story. with the interior, as the roll cage will certainly not be installed in the final version and there is a good chance those body-hugging Recaro seats will not be there either.

The Kona N is expected to be powered by a 275 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that will be mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The slightly less powerful Kona N Line is said to receive a smaller 1.6-liter turbo engine with around 215 hp, also connected to a DCT robot with the same number of gears.

The official presentation of the “charged” crossover should take place in the near future.

Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Hyundai decided to accelerate the development of the 4th level autopilot. Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv conceived a joint venture to develop self-driving systems last year. The new company was named Motional.