We expect the 2022 Hyundai Kona N to shake up the cage of performance crossovers with its bold style and high-performance merits. And more recently, Hyundai has revealed what to expect from its newest high-performance Kona N crossover.
First, let’s talk about the engine. We previously reported that the Kona N would inherit the Veloster N’s vigorous 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder turbocharged engine. We happen to be right, which means 250 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque, or up to 276 horsepower with the Performance Pack option.
Hyundai has not yet published the official performance figures. But if the Veloster N is any indication, we expect Kona N to jump from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds, not bad for a small five-seat crossover.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a six-speed manual gearbox. But the 2022 Kona N arrives with an eight-speed wet double clutch transmission (N DCT), also from the Veloster N and seen for the first time on the Sonata N Line. Unlike the ‘dry’ double clutch units, the N DCT from Hyundai has two electric oil pumps. It not only reduces friction, but the configuration ensures better cooling during high torque applications.
And like the Hyundai Veloster N, the Kona N’s eight-speed N-DCT gearbox has unique high-performance features to make the most of its high-performance CUV. It has N Power Shift (NPS) to give a “push sensation” when increasing the gear, mitigating the torque reduction when selecting the next gear. This feature automatically engages with more than 90 percent of accelerator applications.
Next, we have the N Grin Shift (NGS) mode to maximize engine and transmission performance for 20 seconds. It is activated by pressing a button on the steering wheel and starts the maximum boost to unlock the full potential of your Kona N. This feature is excellent when overtaking or entering a highway, or you can activate it on the race track. After 20 seconds of increase, the system needs to recover for 40 seconds before using it again.
Of course, you also get N Track Sense Shift (NFS) which optimizes gear changes on the race track. The system analyzes existing motor sports data and driving behavior to select the right gear and change time when trying to get the best lap time. If you like to select gears manually, manual mode allows you to do this using paddle shifters.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona N eight-speed N DCT gearbox has five driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, N and Custom. It also has a “shift function” like a standard automatic transmission, but you can turn it off to prevent the vehicle from rolling forward when the tranny is in Drive mode
We are still waiting for an official launch date for Hyundai’s newest high-performance Kona N crossover. However, a little bird told us that the 2022 Kona N is making its US debut this spring.