2022 Hyundai Kona N price from $47,500 in Australia, arrives Q3

The segment-shattering Hyundai Kona N will arrive in Australia a bit later this year, with a starting price of $47,500. It comes in as the fourth main model from N division’s ever-growing lineup.

As previously revealed, the Kona N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine that’s shared with the soon-to-arrive i30 N update. It produces 206kW and 392Nm, and up to 213kW during N Grin Shift mode.

The engine comes exclusively matched to an eight-speed dual-clutch auto transmission with front-wheel drive, however, an N Corner Carving electronic limited-slip differential promises to sort out the power delivery. Speaking of delivery, the company says 0-100km/h is done and dusted in just 5.5 seconds, while the top speed is 240km/h. Total weight is 1510kg, which is not bad for a serious and feature-packed SUV.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect about the Kona N is that it is the first proper performance SUV in its class. While most of the premium brands offer a performance variant of their small SUVs, the non-premium brands are yet to catch on. Until now. This means the Kona N will have no direct competition. It, potentially, could cause some cross-shopping though, pulling buyers away from the premium brands thanks to its more attractive price tag.

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Hyundai Australia confirms it will be offering two variants, including the regular Kona N and the Kona N Premium. This is a similar setup to the i30 N. The Premium spec adds things such as head-up display, power-adjustable front seats with heating/cooling, and a sunroof, among other things.

The new model will go on sale during the third quarter, with prices starting from $47,500 for the base model and from $50,500 for the Kona N Premium (excluding on-road costs). See below for the highlight standard features:

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.