Camouflaged from the roofline down to the side skirts in the following video, the go-faster SUV has been teased with an eight-speed DCT. No details have been offered so far about a six-speed stick shift, and the South Korean automaker is also keeping its lips shut about front- or all-wheel drive.
The worst-case scenario would be FWD with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and the dual-clutch transmission, which is exactly the same recipe used by the i30 N and Veloster N. In the back on my mind, however, I hope that Hyundai will offer torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.
Better described as a jacked-up hot hatchback, the Kona N is actually the fourth model from the N division if we include the i20 N. But as opposed to its larger brothers, the subcompact hatchback relies on a 1.6-liter turbo engine that rocks 204 PS (201 horsepower) and 275 Nm (203 pound-feet).
Hyundai won’t be stopping here, though. Not long now, the all-new Tucson will go through the N-Line treatment, after which the full-on N will enter the scene with heaven knows how much oomph. The most interesting possibility would be for Hyundai to adopt a plug-in hybrid powertrain similarly to what the Volkswagen Group has done to the Mk8 Golf GTE.
On an ending note, the Kona N doesn’t have any real competition in the United States, while Europe’s most obvious contender is the Ford Puma ST. Unfortunately for the Fiesta-based crossover, the Puma ST leaves much to be desired in terms of powertrain due to its three-cylinder motor.