Hyundai Kona N confirmed for NZ as new model debuts

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Words: Matthew Hansen
8 Apr 2021

It seems like just yesterday that Hyundai’s then-new Kona SUV first landed on Kiwi shores. Now, the second-gen variant has arrived in both its standard petrol trim and in sporty N Line guise.

“The Kona has become a popular compact SUV choice by Kiwis since it launched in 2017. Refreshed with a bold, sleek new look and the latest smart tech, we anticipate this upgraded model to be as popular as the last,” said Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair.

“And with the arrival of the all-new Kona N Line, upgraded Kona Electric and all-new Kona N in the near future there really is going to be a Kona for everyone.”

The confirmation of the Kona N’s Kiwi arrival is a welcome one, as the performance SUV segment continues to grow. Hyundai hasn’t yet formally unveiled the N in full, although most of the model is visible in the brand’s official teaser shots.

The Kona N will utilise a turbocharged 2.0-litre four paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch. But how much power it will produce is still anybody's guess, although it’s been speculated that power could hover around the 205kW mark — a bucket more than the 147kW/320Nm offered in the 1.5-litre Ford Puma ST.

Meanwhile, the rest of the new Hyundai Kona line-up has landed in New Zealand, with pricing announced by the Korean firm’s local arm overnight.

The range kicks off with the $34,990 2.0-litre IVT, with the Elite and Limited trims following at $39,990 and $44,990, respectively. The current petrol flagship, the N Line, is priced at $49,990 and is the only petrol model to offer all-wheel drive. This means the N is likely to appear in local showrooms with a price tag of just under $60,000.

Two variants of Kona Electric will be offered; each packing a 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The entry-level model is priced from $78,990, while the flagship Elite is priced from $85,990.

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