2022 Hyundai Kona N - Hot Hatch SUV

The 2022 Hyundai Kona N is presenting itself as a hot-hatch with a taller suspension. It has a potent powertrain and a sporty appearance.

On the styling front, The Kona N is distinguished by an aerodynamic body kit and 19-inch alloy wheels. The crossover also has a mesh grille, gloss black mirrors, body color cladding and a prominent rear wing. Other highlights include a triangular third brake light and a sporty dual exhaust system. There are five drive modes, which can alter the exhaust note, steering weight, throttle mapping, and more. The switchable exhaust is quite raucous, too. Hyundai also gave the performance-oriented crossover a unique look, which includes revised bodywork.

Moving into the cabin, there’s leather and suede front seats with heating and power adjustment on the driver’s side. They’re joined by a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 10.25-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation. In the contrast stitching, mode buttons, and shifter knob, the N brand's signature color Performance Blue adds some much-needed brightness to the all-black interior. Buyers will also find an ambient lighting system, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, and a wireless smartphone charger. There's a very good chance the Kona N will accommodate the same amount of luggage behind its rear seats as the regular Kona.

The price tag includes a potent powertrain and a sporty appearance. The turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection engine makes 276 hp and 392 Nm of torque, which pairs to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission. An overboost function pumps up the horsepower to 286 for brief moments of needed oomph. Hyundai says the crossover will hit 100 kilometers per hour in 5.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 149 mph.

The Kona N comes with an assortment of driver assistance systems including Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist. The model also has Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, High Beam Assist, Rear Occupant Alert, and Safe Exit Warning.

The 2022 Hyundai Kona N set to go on sale this fall, start at $35,425 the price includes the $1,225 destination charge, and when it does, it will arrive with a surprisingly affordable price tag.
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