Hyundai’s rollout of the brand new, second-generation Kona has reached its crescendo because the Korean model revealed particulars for the all-electric model of its redesigned subcompact crossover. However whereas gas-, hybrid-, and battery-powered variations of Kona and Kona N-Line are a part of the plan, one trim was conspicuously absent.
Yep, I’m speaking concerning the fire-breathing Kona N. And primarily based on a dialog on the Kona Electrical’s media preview in Berlin, it sounds just like the jury continues to be out on the tallest N mannequin. Talking to Hyundai’s Sang Hyeon Park, senior vice chairman and head of EV technique, and Se Hyuk Park, VP and head of compact car tasks, the true figuring out issue for a second-gen Kona N is the response to the upcoming Ioniq 5 N. And if a brand new N seems, it received’t be with the turbocharged fuel engine, however an electrical motor(s).
“Nothing is decided on Kona N at the moment,” SVP Park mentioned throughout a media roundtable. “For Kona, we have a focus on ICE, EV, and hybrid, and are considering N as well. We are seeing the feedback and market reaction from the market about Ioniq 5 N.”
The information may come as a shock, contemplating the robust constructive reception to the present Kona N. However Hyundai’s shift to EVs is driving new considering on the automaker, and which may imply sacrificing the Kona N as we all know it.
“Technically, it’s easier for us to make an N high-performance version of the dedicated EV because of the platform,” VP Park mentioned. “We can bring out the high-performance output; but based on the non-dedicated platform with an ICE or EV, we have to look at different options. We also have to fully consider CAFE. It’s a difficult situation. The ICE N is not our consideration. Based on the feedback of Ioniq 5 N, we’ll make a future decision.”
It can seemingly be a while earlier than Hyundai finally makes up its thoughts on the potential N EV. Neither the second-gen Kona nor the Ioniq 5 N are as a consequence of arrive in sellers till later this yr.
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