Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Say hello to the 2022 Kona "N"! This is a Kona with the spirit and performance of the Veloster N, and the reason is simple: It has almost the same 2.0-litre-four-cylinder turbo engine that powers the Veloster N. The version of the engine in the Kona N, is tweaked to produce slightly more power. It pumps out 286-horsepower, and 289 pound-feet of torque.

The Kona N also features some sporty design accents.

According to Hyundai the Kona N will accelerate from Zero to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, with launch control activated. There is an electronic limited-slip differential, which is being branded as an, "N Corner Carving Differential". The technology is supposed to reduce understeer, which may be an important feature given that the Kona N will only be offered as a front-wheel-drive vehicle for this model year. If you want all wheel drive you will need to purchase one of the other non "N" versions of the Kona.

Power is distributed to the wheels through Hyundai's "8DCT" eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which has gearing set up specifically for the Kona N. It has also been beefed up for improved durablity in the "N" performance edition fo the Kona N. Forged alloy wheels, performance brakes, a stiffer and stronger reinforced chassis, and performance tuned suspension, improve overall handling.

Hyundai's design and engineering team say the Kona N, looks like an SUV on the outside, but inside it has the heart and spirit of a "hot hatch".

Since its debut in 2013, the N brand has built a fan base,with its combination of everyday sports cars and its rapid rise in rally and customer racing. Together with its Motorsport division, N brand has logged victories at multiple races, including the FIA World Rally Championship, the TCR International Series, Pirelli World Challenge and Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race.

Every high-performance N model — including i30 N, i30 Fastback N, VELOSTER N, i20 N and KONA N — is designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Namyang R&D Center. Throughout the development, they go to the Nürburgring in Germany, which is one of the world’s most demanding racetracks. This has been the test track for Hyundai's "N" program. This is where the rigorous testing and validation takes place. Through this process, N technology has been refined and in fact this is where the "N" series of vehicles was born. N brand takes its name from Namyang and Nürburgring.

“As a successful challenger in the performance category for almost four years and proactive player of Hyundai brand, N addresses and adapts to the upcoming changes in the performance category,” said Till Wartenberg, Vice President of N brand Management & Motorsport Sub-Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “Driving was never meant to be boring and with N, it never will be. This is reflected with our new N brand slogan ‘Never just drive.’ And will also be the guiding principal of the future electrification of Hyundai N.”

Hyundai Motor is expanding its N-Line lineup to 18 models through 2022. The flow of new N and N-Line brand models will include variants in each major vehicle segment, suiting the needs of all types of car enthusiasts.

The Kona N is equipped with more supportive sports style seats, a nicely styled steering wheel, sportier shift knob, metal pedals and sports car style flair that you don't find on the regular Kona models.

Standard safety features include: automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and centering, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic monitoring, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beams.

Pricing has not been announced. The Kona N, should reach showrooms late in 2021 as a 2022 model. Beyond 2022, look for an all electric "N" model from Hyundai, possibly a Hyundai Ioniq 5 N.