According to AutoExpress, the Head of Hyundai N, Albert Biermann has instructed his engineers to a test mule of the Kona with the uprated drivetrain and powertrain of the i30N. Said to be equipped with 246bhp, the car will be available with a six-speed manual and will be front-wheel driven.
The car will naturally gain a more aggressive outlook with a restyled front and rear bumper, rear diffuser, roof-mounted spoiler and other parts. It is expected to arrive before 2020 if it gets the go ahead for production.
Meanwhile, Hyundai will be concentrating on its N Line models. These will arrive with chassis and styling changes, but less power.
“We’ll bring the i30 N Line to market later this year. We have reprofiled quite a lot of it over the conventional car - the steering, the gearshift, the springs, shocks and dampers. It should be a useful new model in the range and help to build the 'N' brand”, added Biermann.