First Hyundai EV, not the anticipated Kona N.
Following numerous appearances during the evaluation stage, Hyundai has officially introduced the Kona Electric N Line, marking the debut of Hyundai’s N Line upgrades for a BEV.
The Kona Electric in this iteration stands apart from the rest of its lineup, thanks to the N Line-specific front and rear bumpers and impressive 19-inch wheels that set it apart from the traditionally-fueled Kona N Line. Sleek side skirts and glossy black mirror caps are also included, as well as various N Line emblems. However, unlike a previously spotted prototype, this version’s rear lacks the bold split roof spoiler. It is possible that this may be offered as an add-on; Hyundai intends on offering performance enhancements for its electric vehicles.
The interior maintains its sporty vibe, highlighted by red stitching that adds a pop of contrast to the cabin. The N Line model boasts unique details such as a steering wheel, metal pedals, and a black headliner that all contribute to the athletic atmosphere. Additionally, the cloth seats are exclusively featured in the N Line lineup. In Europe, customers have the option for premium leather and Eco Alcantara (constructed from 57% recycled polyester) seat upholstery, which is only available on the higher N Line S trim level.
The N Line S variant is equipped with additional features such as a state-of-the-art Bose sound system featuring seven speakers and subwoofers, along with full-width frontal LED lights, projector LED headlamps, and Hyundai’s complete range of safety and driver assistance technologies.
By now, you might be pondering about the efficiency aspect of this topic. The main reason for not addressing it earlier is intentional.
The Kona Electric N Line boasts a sleek appearance, but lacks any significant performance upgrades. Despite being the most powerful European model, it still only delivers 215 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, relying on a 65kWh battery for its energy. In comparison, the top-performing Kona Electric in the US offers 201 hp.
The Kona Electric N Line is set to go into production for the European market starting in February, with deliveries expected to commence in the Spring season. While no official announcement has been made regarding its availability in the US and elsewhere, it is anticipated to make its way to America as a follow-up to the Kona Electric, which was released in 2024.