There's no word yet on when Hyundai will decide whether or not to build the Kona N (Konan?), and there's no guarantee the model will make the trip to the United States.
If Hyundai's management does give the Kona N the green light, it paves the way for the N Division to have a full complement of products, including SUVs. The latter is one of the most powerful in the class already, producing 130kW.
"I've told them [the engineers] to build the vehicle and we'll see what happens with getting it approved", Albert Biermann, the head of Hyundai's N division, told British magazine Auto Express during a recent interview.
Hyundai is reportedly working on a high-performance version of the new Kona SUV, which could help set it apart in the crowded compact segment.
Speaking with AutoExpress, Hyundai's N Division chief, Albert Biermann, has revealed that the auto is being built, ready for approval from management, and confirmed that the ideal engine is the 2.0-litre turbocharged four from the i30 N.
"I've told them [the engineers] to build the vehicle and we'll see what happens with getting it approved", said Biermann.
It's doubtful that the Kona N would get the i30 N's Performance Package that ups the horsepower rating 271 horsepower.
He also said that any Kona N would benefit from the same powertrain and chassis upgrades that existing Hyundai N models like the Veloster N (shown below) and i30 N have received. "Of course, we can give Kona different specifications on suspension and steering", Biermann said, adding that it will be front-wheel drive like the i30 N. Styling revisions to reflect the heightened performance is a given, likely including a rear diffuser, a small roof spoiler and exposed tailpipes instead of the concealed items on the regular Kona. It's unknown at this stage if it will receive the limited-slip differential from the i30 N.
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