Hyundai’s first N Performance SUV has been priced for Australia.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona N will be priced from $47,500 before on-road costs in Australia when it arrives in the third quarter of 2021, and will stretch to $50,500 before on-roads for the range-topping Premium.
No manual will be offered Down Under, the Kona N will be dual-clutch only.
It’ll be available exclusively with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 206kW of power and 392Nm of torque, mated to Hyundai’s new eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Hyundai claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.5 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than the updated i30 N hatchback when equipped with a manual transmission.
Kerb weight is 1510kg, compared to 1395-1504kg for the Kona N Line.
Pressing the N Grin Shift button adds an extra 7kW of power for 20 seconds, and you can then use the feature again after 40 seconds.
Other features include launch control, a variable exhaust, and an electronic limited-slip differential to control torque distribution to the front wheels.
Hyundai calls the Kona N’s drive mode selector its N Grin Control System. It allows you to choose between Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom modes, which adjust the engine, stability control, steering and exhaust sound.
There have been various enhancements made to the Kona’s structure in its transformation to an N model, including a reinforced and more rigid structure and extra welding points.
It rides on 19-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels, behind which sit larger, high-performance brakes.
The Kona N’s exterior otherwise bears a close resemblance to that of the Kona N Line, with its body-coloured fenders, wide front air intake and the three slots above the grille.
Inside, there are accents finished in the N-signature Performance Blue, plus two configurable N buttons on the steering wheel to which functions like the lap timer or drive mode selector can be assigned.
There’s a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster which Hyundai says adds a “game-like” dimension when you’re driving in N or Sport modes, and can also display your lap time and track maps.
Interestingly, the Kona N’s $47,500 starting price is identical to the i30 N hatchback optioned with the eight-speed DCT. The hatch does, however, offer a cheaper base manual option from $44,500.
Standard equipment in the Kona N includes:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Leather steering wheel
- Sports front bucket seats
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Wireless phone charging
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Rear privacy glass
- AEB with pedestrian/cyclist detection
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind-spot assist
- Rear cross-traffic assist
- Auto high-beam
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane Follow Assist
- Safe Exit Warning
Moving to the Kona N Premium brings:
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Head-up display
- Front parking sensors
- Suede/leather interior trim
- Powered, heated/ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Glass sunroof
- Ambient lighting
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