The new hatchback of previous is evolving. It’s getting taller, longer, and wider. Handbook transmissions are being changed by quick-shifting autos or DCTs. Additionally they have a brand new title: Sizzling CUVs. Automobiles just like the Mazda CX-30 Turbo and Ford Escape 2.0T have been the leaders of the phase, however there’s a brand new entry, and it’s from South Korea.
The second-ever car to put on a full-fledged N badge, the Hyundai Kona N is mainly a raised, chubbier Veloster N that can promote higher. Below the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged cylinder with 276 horsepower, precisely 1 greater than a performance-pack geared up Veloster N. Linked as much as that peppy little engine is an 8-speed DCT that has a in-built overboost operate that may increase energy quickly to 286.
FWD is your solely choice, which could deter some patrons, however the addition of AWD could be a weight penalty Hyundai says. Inside, you get bucket seats, a digital gauge cluster, and all of the facilities you’ll want on lengthy laps across the Nürburgring, the place this CUV was examined for the higher a part of two years.
Pricing for the Kona N hasn’t been revealed but, however Hyundai tends to cost method lower than rivals, so don’t count on a quantity north of $40,000 for a beginning worth.