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A 247bhp Hyundai Kona N Crossover Could Happen By 2020

Hyundai’s N performance sub-brand could add a range-topping Kona crossover if the project under way right now gets approved

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Not the N, but not a bad looking thing regardless
Not the N, but not a bad looking thing regardless

The stupidly good Hyundai i30 N could be joined by a taller cousin within a couple of years.

The boss of Hyundai’s mightily impressive new N performance sub-brand has given the go-ahead for his engineers to build a hot Kona using the i30 N’s 247bhp engine and running gear.

Hyundai - A 247bhp Hyundai Kona N Crossover Could Happen By 2020 - News

Albert Biermann is quoted by Auto Express as saying:

“I’ve told [the engineers] to build the car and we’ll see what happens with getting it approved.

“It has to be the i30 N powertrain, really. Of course, we can give Kona different specifications on suspension and steering, although there are some common components we can use in that area as well, because it’ll be front-wheel drive, like the i30 N.

“But we already know that it has to be that car’s engine and gearbox for the Kona N, yes.”

Hyundai - A 247bhp Hyundai Kona N Crossover Could Happen By 2020 - News

To avoid treading on the i30 N’s toes it’s unlikely that the Kona would get the full-fat 271bhp Performance Pack option fitted to our long-term test car. It would, however, get N-grade styling with red detailing, pretty alloys and deep bumpers with complimentary side skirts.

If it eventually gets approval from Hyundai bosses, the Kona N could join the range in 2020, at about the same time as a Fiesta ST-rivalling i20 N, which is surely inevitable as a way for Hyundai to link directly to its success in the World Rally Championship.

Source: Auto Express