News Hyundai Begins Work On Kona N, But It Hasn’t Been Approved Yet

18:22  17 may  2018
18:22  17 may  2018 Source:

Hyundai Prices Kona Crossover, Starts Under $21k

  Hyundai Prices Kona Crossover, Starts Under $21k Hyundai has just announced pricing for the Kona subcompact crossover. Hyundai has just announced pricing for the Kona subcompact crossover. The little SUV will arrive at dealers in March, starting from $20,999.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is perhaps most simply described as the other battery-powered compact crossover SUV due to be arriving in UK showrooms in 2018. Given the coverage generated already by the Jaguar I-Pace even before the car has been properly launched to the press

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2018 Hyundai Kona© 2018 Hyundai Kona

If greenlighted, it will likely get the i30 N's 2.0-liter turbo.

Hyundai’s N performance division is aggressively expanding its lineup, which may soon include the brand’s first-ever sports crossover, the Kona N. In fact, a prototype of such a model is already in development, despite the lack of a production green light.

The information has been revealed in a recent interview to AutoExpress by Albret Biermann, who is the director of the N division. He has confirmed to the publication engineers of the performance department are already working on a test mule of the vehicle.

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Hyundai Reveals Electric Kona, With Up to 470 km Range

  Hyundai Reveals Electric Kona, With Up to 470 km Range Hyundai has just launched the Kona Electric. The electric subcompact will come with two powertrain options: a lower-power, smaller battery version, and a high-power, big battery option that offers nearly 500 km in rated driving range. The Kona Electric is based on the new Kona subcompact crossover, but gets some styling changes to reflect the electric underpinnings. The big one is in the nose where the gas Kona's large grille and hoodline scoop are gone. In their place is a mostly closed-off nose with a grille port door for the charge port. It gives the Kona a more mature look that's less funky than the gas Kona. It likely improves the aerodynamics and appeals more to buyers of the more expensive electric. The electric Kona shares a 2,600 mm wheelbase with the gas model, but at 1,570 mm tall and 4,180 mm long is 20 mm taller and 15 mm longer than the gas car. The Kona Electric's base powertrain uses a 39.2 kWh lithium polymer battery and a 135 hp electric motor. That allows for a 9.3 second run to 100 km/h, but more importantly a 300 km range. That's not the Canadian cycle or the US EPA rating that we're used to, but it's not the traditional (and very optimistic) NEDC European rating either. It's the projected range using the newer WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light-duty vehicle Testing Procedure) cycle, which is intended to be more accurate to real-world driving than the NEDC test.

Information on the new Hyundai Kona is just beginning to hit the net. The 2018 Hyundai Kona will compete in the rapidly growing sub-compact crossover segment. They are extremely quick, but I have yet to see one that hasn ’ t lived a hard life.

The range of Kona could be up to 500 kilometres, but the key specs are yet to be released. On initial release, the Hyundai Kona EV will likely be available in two trim levels, based on the size of the battery under the bonnet.

2018 Hyundai Kona© 2018 Hyundai Kona

“I’ve told them to build the car and we’ll see what happens with getting it approved,” Biermann told AutoExpress. “It has to be the i30 N powertrain, really. Of course, we can give Kona different specifications on suspension and steering, although there are some common components we can use in that area as well, because it’ll be front-wheel drive, like the i30 N. But we already know that it has to be that car’s engine and gearbox for the Kona N, yes.”

Biermann is referring to the Kona N’s powertrain, which is apparently going to be shared with the production i30 N. Under the hood of the Korean hot hatch is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 275 horsepower (205 kilowatts) and 260 pound-feet (352 Newton-meters), mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Soon, a dual-clutch automatic will be offered, too.

The Kona Electric Gets 400 km Range

  The Kona Electric Gets 400 km Range Hyundai has pulled the covers off the Kona Electric compact crossover at the Vancouver auto show, where it revealed its newest EV will boast 400 km of driving range. Hyundai has pulled the covers off the Kona Electric compact crossover at the Vancouver auto show, where it revealed its newest EV will boast 400 km of driving range.

Under this configuration, the Kona Electric will be equipped with a 64 kWh battery pack, which will enable “nearly 470 km (292 miles) of range.” Hyundai hasn ’ t released pricing yet , but the vehicle is expected to start in the low-30

The price for the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona hasn ’ t been announced yet , but we can assume it will be competitive with other subcompact SUVs on the market.

In the Kona N, if approved for production, the engine will be slightly detuned to deliver somewhere in the region of 250 hp (186 kW), our source claims. This would still give the performance crossover a significant power advantage over the current range-topper with 175 hp (130 kW).

Before making the final decision for the future of the Kona N, Hyundai N will launch its second and third models – the Veloster N and the upcoming i30 N Fastback. The sports coupe is planned to be released only on the U.S. and South Korean markets with no European version in the cards.

Note: Hyundai Kona Electric test prototype pictured at the top.

Source: AutoExpress

Review: 2018 Hyundai Kona CUV .
The 2018 Hyundai Kona pretty well sums up what’s happening in the Canadian automotive market – consumers want more utility. In 2017, sales of subcompact utility vehicles were up 32 per cent compared to 2016, while purchases of subcompact sedans were down 20 per cent from 2016. It was the same thing with mid-size SUVs — sales up seven per cent in 2017, compared to mid-size sedans which were down 13 per cent.

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