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276-horsepower 2022 Hyundai Kona N brings track-ready performance to the pavement

The 2022 Hyundai Kona N is a new hot hatch for American families.

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If you were thinking that the 2022 Hyundai Kona N was going to be a slightly sportier take on the Kona, you were wrong. Way wrong. The new Kona N is a grown up hot hatch that is road- and track-capable.

The Kona N is another step toward Hyundai's commitment to incorporate N and N Line models throughout their stable. Eighteen vehicles bearing the N and N Line names are expected to be revealed through 2022.

The 2022 Kona N is being branded as a 'True Hot SUV'. To back up this claim, Hyundai has given the model a combination of versatility, rapid acceleration, and agility. It's powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is matched with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The powertrain makes the Kona N capable of achieving 276 horsepower. The SUV can get to 62 mph off the line in 5.5 seconds when Launch Control is activated. Its speed tops out right around 150 mph.

2022 Hyundai Kona N

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Hyundai has given the Kona N an electronic limited slip differential that controls torque distribution to the driving wheels and allows the SUV to drive into corners. The base model Kona N gets launch control, a variable exhaust system, and an N Grin Control System.

There are five drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom. Those modes change up the operating parameters of the engine, electronic stability control, exhaust sound, and steering. It also has traction control with snow, mud, road, and track capability.

The Kona N has 19-inch lightweight forged wheels with high-performance brakes and tires that work with the car's body-colored fenders to give this Kona a beefier appearance. Hyundai has given the model a front lip spoiler, double-wing roof spoiler, and side skirts. The Kona N is offered in a variety of colors but is currently the only model Hyundai has that is able to wear a Sonic Blue paint color.

The interior of the model has brand-specific details such as the Performance Blue color accents, seats, steering wheel, shift knob and metal pedals.

The Kona N comes equipped with a variety of advanced driver assistance system features including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, high beam assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance alert, safe exit warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2022 Kona N is expected to arrive later this year.

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Hyundai announces pricing for 2022 Kona N

The Kona N is price right at $35,425.

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Hyundai is hard at work developing new electric vehicles, and has released some truly interesting electric concepts in recent months. However, the automaker’s efforts in the electric world haven’t stopped it from rolling out fun-to-drive and affordable performance vehicles under its N brand. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the latest vehicle in the series. The Kona N will go on sale soon with a reasonable starting price of $35,425, which includes a $1,225 destination charge.

2022 Hyundai Kona N One well-equipped model will be available.Hyundai

The Kona N joins Hyundai’s high-performance stable that also includes the Veloster N and Elantra N, though the latter hasn’t yet hit the streets. The hot crossover gets the same output numbers from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the Elantra N: 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. The Veloster gets 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That rowdy four-banger is paired with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai’s full-on N cars get plenty of other go-fast bits to keep them planted in corners and stable at higher speeds. The Kona N gets an electronic limited-slip differential, an active sport exhaust system, electronically controlled suspension, and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Aggressive wheels and tires help keep the Kona N planted in corners.Hyundai

Hyundai generally knocks it out of the park with value, and the Kona N is no exception. Its modest price tag buys a generous helping of advanced driver aids in addition to its exciting specs. Standard features include forward collision warnings, lane keep assist, lane following assist, driver attention warnings, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a safe exit warning system.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

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Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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