Hyundai is serious about expanding its N performance brand beyond a handful of hot hatches, and that means sedans and even crossovers. This is the Kona N, a cute little crossover packing the 276-hp 2.0-liter turbo four and eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox from the excellent Veloster N. In other words, this is a baby crossover that could be genuinely great to drive.
Interestingly, the Kona N will be front-wheel drive only, which our colleagues at Car and Driver report was done to keep costs and weight down. Hyundai says the Kona N weighs 3340 lbs, which isn’t bad at all for a crossover, though it is over 250 pounds heavier than the Veloster N. That’s the price you pay for practicality, and uh, four doors. And despite the extra weight, it’s still be quick, with Hyundai promising a 5.5-second run to 62 mph and a top speed of 149 mph. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.