High-performance N Range to expand with Kona N


2 September 2021 – Today, Hyundai New Zealand is excited to announce the impending arrival of the Kona N and release the model’s specifications and pricing.

Kona N is not only the latest addition to Hyundai’s growing high-performance N line-up but is also the first N model with an SUV body style.

The N model also adds to the growing Kona model range too. Since its launch in October 2017, the Kona has been a kiwi favourite. The Kona Electric joined the original petrol model in 2018, followed by the release of the Series II model earlier this year, including a new sportier N Line variant.

“The Kona N not only provides an excellent halo model to the every increasing Kona range but adds to our N range. N models are popular amongst performance car enthusiasts. With the introduction of the Kona N, we anticipate it will attract more new customers to either the Kona range or the N brand,” says Andy Sinclair, Hyundai New Zealand General Manager.

Kona N customers will not be left wanting with the high level of specification in this ‘hot SUV’. This latest addition to the Kona range turns the dial up to 11 on everything. Aggressive exterior styling backed by a bold range of colours, a functional yet sporty interior and most importantly, a powerful 2.0 T-GDI engine.

The Kona N delivers performance that complements its distinctive sporty design. The dynamic driving spirit coherently flows from the engine to the exterior for a sporty look and aerodynamic performance.

The interior conveys an emotional excitement when driving. N specific details such as the steering wheel, performance-blue colour accents, shift knob, sports seats, and metal pedals set the tone.

The new 10-inch infotainment and digital cluster system with digitalised elements provides a driving experience as though playing a game. The new ‘N mode design’ delivers information such as lap time and N track map, while the N buttons can be customised to toggle frequently used drive modes.

With an exclusive racing heads-up-display (HUD) that features four driver-optimised information, you can focus solely on the road.

The Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) ensures safe and convenient daily drive at all times. Mainly Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is applied to the N model for the first time.

The Kona N is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged GDI engine with an 8-speed wet DCT. The N DCT offers three exclusive high-performance functions: N Power Shift (NPS), N Grin Shift (NGS) and N Track Sense Shift (NTS), all of which maximise exhilarating driving pleasure.

The powertrain delivers maximum power of 206kW, which potentially reaches up to 213kW with the N Grin Shift, and maximum torque of 392 Nm.

The engine offers a flat power that prolongs maximum power at high RPM and enhances acceleration for even more fun, whether on the road or racetrack.

For the Kona N, E-LSD (Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential) does not only provide that corner-carving feeling. It is specifically tuned to give it enough traction so you can drive at ease on any road condition.

With the Kona N, you can take braking to the limit because it‘s equipped with enhanced pre-fill braking logic, making you more confident on the road. The brake pads’ high friction material and bigger front and rear discs help maximise heat endurance.

The Kona N features a comprehensive range of seven colours with two new additions to the range – Sonic Blue and Gravity Gold Matte.

The model will go on sale locally this month, priced from RRP $69,990 incl GST.