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Hyundai Kona N with 247-hp might happen

17 May 2018

Hyundai launched its first N Performance vehicle this year, the cracking little i30 N.

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.

Hyundai Kona N with 247-hp might happen