2022 Hyundai Kona N Headed to U.S. After All (and With 275 HP!)

As confirmed by Hyundai via a tweet earlier in January, the sporty Kona N is coming to America. The newest member to join Hyundai’s high-performance N division, the hot subcompact SUV will be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four used in the Veloster N hot hatchback. And now we no longer need to imagine what the upcoming Kona N looks like, because Hyundai has pulled off the camouflage and is showing us the 275-hp crossover in the buff.

The first performance SUV from Hyundai and the second N model slated for the U.S., the Kona N is all-new for the 2022 model year. This spicier iteration of the Kona has a sleeker exterior design than even the streamlined new 2022 Kona, a lower stance, and sports a more aggressive face. Up front, the Kona’s busy face has been upgraded with large air intakes, thinned-out headlights, three small vents above the grille like those on the Veloster N, and a red accent on the front splitter.

Hyundai fits a double-wedge roof spoiler, a dual-exhaust muffler, menacing taillights, and an enhanced diffuser to the tail. In addition to these upgrades, the souped-up Kona also gains a new triangular third brake light.

While regular Konas come standard with front-wheel drive and offer all-wheel drive as an option, Hyundai has not yet confirmed which setup the Kona N will have. (The Veloster N is front-wheel drive. ) And even though it will not be available with a manual gearbox, the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission it does get should be just as fun.

Expect the 2022 Hyundai Kona N to arrive at a dealership near you later this year. Be on the lookout as Hyundai will release more photos and juicy details about the punchy crossover soon.

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