Hyundai Kona N SUV finally breaks cover with 290 hp power
Hyundaihas unveiled 2021 Kona N, the sporty, performance version of the popular compact SUV from the Korean manufacturer.Kona N is the first Hyundai model with high wheels to embrace the sporting philosophy of the N range. The SUV in the N avatar appears more sporty with a whole lot of updates in design, technical and mechanical aspects.
TheHyundai Kona Ncomes with a slight revisions of the dimensions, being4.21 meters long, which is 1 cm longer than the standard Kona SUV, 1.8 meters wide and 1.56 meters high, with the wheelbase measuring 2.6. meters.The Hyundai Kona N emphasises performance thanks to the2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 290 hp of power and 392 Nmof maximum torque. The engine is mated to an8-speed dual-clutch DCT automatic transmission.
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The 2021 Hyundai Kona N is aesthetically characterised by a sporty look starting from the revised front with anew grille.It also gets larger air intakes and a splitter embellished with ared profile, which then extends along the side profile and up to the rear diffuser.The tail of the Kona N is characterised by the generousspoiler divided into two parts and the two large tailpipes.
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The 2021 Kona N SUV stands on new 19-inch alloy wheels with dedicated design and finish. There is 361 litres of bootspace on offer. The SUV also gets an exclusive colour scheme called theSonic Blue.
The interior of the Hyundai Kona N is also highlighted by sportiness withwraparound sports seats, embellished with the N logo on the backrest and Performance Blue contrast stitching. There are aluminium pedals, newN sports steering wheelwhich integrates two blue buttons for driving settings and a red NSG button that serves to "squeeze" the engine to the maximum.
The dashboard is dominated by two 10.25-inch displays for the instrument panel and the infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.A head-up displayis also on offer to shows driving information.
At the heart of the Hyundai Kona N is a2.0-litre GDI turbo enginethat develops290 hpand392 Nmof maximum torque, allowing the SUV to gofrom 0 to 100 kmph in just 5.5 seconds. It has atop speed of 240 kmph.
The 2021 Kona N offers five driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom) along with three high performance functions, namely N Power Shift, N Grin Shift and N Track Sense Shift.
TheN Power Shiftfunctionallows to obtain a maximum thrust for 20 seconds, at the end of which it requires a wait of 40 seconds for it to be reactivated.TheN Grin Shift system intervenes on the gearbox reducing the loss of torque to a minimum to avoid dragging.Finally, theN Track Sense Shift function, designed for driving on the track, automatically recognises the driving style and acts accordingly on the gearbox to set the gear according to drive situation.
The Hyundai Kona N also features Launch Control, electronically controlled limited slip differential and electric power steering with three different settings available (Normal, Sport and Sport +).