Last month, Hyundai dropped some teaser images of its upcoming Kona N performance crossover which will use the same turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine as found in the i30 N. Now, the South Korean manufacturer has dropped some details regarding the transmission and confirms that the compact SUV will use its new eight-speed dual-clutch.
Seeing as Hyundai intends the Kona N to have a strong presence on the track, it has opted for a wet-type transmission for better cooling. It uses two electrical oil pumps to reduce the amount of friction between the moving parts and thus allows for a higher amount of torque transfer through the system.
The performance arm claims that, in addition to this improved performance, the N DCT will enhance driving dynamics. The coolant oil consistently keeps the clutch at the optimum operating temperature, preventing overheating during high-performance driving when the car is being pushed to its limits. In urban driving conditions with congested roads or steep inclines, it guarantees a smooth and stable journey.
Like the i30 N, this transmission will deliver 206 kW to the wheels from the T-GDI power plant and that more information will be revealed soon.
While the facelifted Kona will be launching in May this year with the range featuring a 1,6-litre turbo and 2,0-litre naturally aspirated petrol, the range is expected to come with a cosmetic-only N Line kit. There is no confirmation for a local introduction of the Kona N.