Earlier this month, Hyundai unveiled the new Kona, which brought a whole new design. It wasn’t a complete overhaul, but the compact crossover has received several upgrades. However, the sportier Kona N that we had been spying on for months was missing from the reveal. He was absent, and now we know why. A new spy video shows the Kona doing towing tests, because even though the Kona N is a sporty offering, it’s still a crossover.
The test vehicle seen here is still coated on the sides and hood, although we’ve seen Kona Ns with just camouflage. The new Kona should give you a good idea of what the Kona N will look like when it arrives. We expect it to get a new, more aggressive front fascia while also installing a new diffuser that will help accommodate the huge dual-exhaust tips sticking out the rear. The suspension is lowered a bit and the red brake calipers add a touch of sportiness.
Inside, the Kona N should look like the new Kona, with an updated layout. However, it should feature sporty trims and contrasting stitching so passengers know they’re in a Kona N. Under the hood should be the same mill as the Veloster N. This means the Kona N could produce 250. or 275 horsepower. (186 or 205 kilowatts) of the 2.0-liter turbocharged mill. All-wheel drive is also possible, although it will likely only come with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Now that Hyundai has unveiled the new Kona, we’ll have to wait until the Kona N debuts next year. It will likely arrive as a 2022 model to compete with other sportier compact crossovers like the VW T-Roc R. Right now, crossovers are popular and automakers want to cater to a wide range of customers, so Hyundai’s performance-driven crossover is coming a perfect time.