UPDATE, 12 January 2021: Hyundai has released additional images and details of the 2021 Kona N.
While the teaser images released by the Korean brand feature the same red and blue camouflage that adorned the festive teasers in December 2020 (see original story below), they do confirm the aggressive exterior styling package seen in spy photos throughout 2020, and reveal the high-performance SUV will ride on 19-inch forged alloy wheels shared with the i30 N hot hatch.
Hyundai has also officially confirmed what many already expected: powering the Kona N will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
While outputs have yet to be announced, it's likely they will match the 206kW and 392Nm extracted from the same engine under the bonnet of the facelifted i30 N.
Whether the i30 N's six-speed manual will be offered with the hot Kona also remains unclear, as is whether the front or all wheels will be driven in the new model – CarAdvice understands the Kona N will be front-wheel-drive and automatic-only.
The powertrain will accompanied by "a variety of high-performance driving features" including launch control and a sports exhaust.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona N will make its full debut "in the coming weeks". An Australian launch has been locked in for later in 2021 – with a local arrival understood to be slated for the middle of the year – as one of eight new or updated N or N Line products set to reach our shores by the end of 2021.
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31 December 2020: After months of rumours and spy shots, a trio of official teaser images of the 2021 Hyundai Kona N have at last been released, ahead of the Hyundai performance SUV's anticipated unveiling in the coming months.
Three Christmas-themed images published on Hyundai N's Instagram page – one of which is captioned "A new N is coming to town..." showcase an upcoming N performance model, wrapped in the same conspicuous 'camouflage' that adorned the i30 Sedan N in teaser images released in November 2020.
While the vehicle's identity has yet to be officially confirmed, its distinct roof rails, large windows and tablet-style infotainment screen all-but-confirm it is the Kona N, the turbocharged, high-performance version of Hyundai's Kona small SUV.
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While the teaser posts reveal few hard details of the Kona N, the model is widely expected to draw significant mechanical inspiration from the related i30 N hot hatch, namely its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops up to 206kW of power and 392Nm of torque in facelifted, 'Performance Package' equipped hatch models.
Drive in the i30 N is sent to the front wheels through a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions – with the auto likely to be standard-fit on the performance Kona, with the availability of all-wheel drive on the cards (though not officially confirmed).
The fitment of an all-wheel-drive system with the Kona N would make it a natural rival for one of the few non-luxury, performance SUVs bound for Australian shores, the 221kW/400Nm, all-paw Volkswagen T-Roc R, which is due to lob Down Under sometime in 2022.
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Complementing the Kona's performance powertrain will be a sport-oriented exterior body kit, with spy shots suggesting it will comprise of more aggressive front and rear bumpers, black side skirts, unique alloy wheels, a large rear diffuser, race-inspired rear spoiler and N badging.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona N is expected to be revealed in full in the coming months, ahead of a rumoured Australian launch late in 2021. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more teasers and details of the performance SUV as its public debut nears.