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Top Three Things To Know About Hyundai’s 271-Horsepower i30 N

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Hyundai has finally removed the cover of the first vehicle under its high-performance N division. The i30 N was developed in Korea and tested at the Nurburgring, and has an output of 271 horsepower to hit 62 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

1. Exterior and Interior

If you think the regular i30 won’t fit the description of a high-performance car, think again. Hyundai just gave the i30 N an exterior update with aggressive bumpers with red character lines and larger intakes, black bezels for the headlamps, and a new aerodynamic rear spoiler.

Inside, you’ll be treated luxuriously, thanks to high-performance seats and blue stitching on the car’s steering wheel. This blue stitching it’s the color of the car’s exterior to a T.

2. Powertrains

The standard model packs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that has a total output of 246 horsepower. It is the Performance package that can up that production to 271 horsepower. Even without the package, the i30 N will be paired with a six-speed manual with rev matching. It will be able to produce 260 lb-ft of torque.

There are five drive modes that the Hyundai is boasting about, though these are probably the same ones you’ll get to see on other carmaker’s high-performance vehicles. These are the Eco, Normal, Sport, N, and N Custom.

The model with the high-performance package will also pack a 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tires, larger disc brakes, a variable exhaust system, red N brake calipers, and an electronic limited-slip differential.

3. Release date

The European market will welcome the Hyundai i30 N by the end of 2017, though US will remain in the dark for a while. The US market can content themselves with the standard Elantra GT for now, though Hyundai hints of the possibility of bringing the i30 N to North America’s shores.

Photos

Check out the photos of the new Hyundai i30 N in the gallery below:

Hyundai Kona Is Going Tiny With Its New Crossover

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Hyundai just announced that its new mini crossover called the Kona is going to be on sale early next year in the United States. That means that the South Korean automaker is finally ready to make a splash in the car industry’s hottest segments.

And that’s not all. According to a source, the Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover will also usher in a new phase for the brand as it features for the first time the automaker’s new design language. That’s a surprising move for the company, which is suffering from a sales slump in the US and is now pressured to do good in the crossovers segment.

The styling originated from Irvine, California, Hyundai’s design studio.  It features narrow LED daytime running lights mounted high near the hood line. There are also separate headlights that are positioned lower down the fascia. The effect? The Kona, up front, looks like the Nissan Juke or Jeep Cherokee.

The look isn’t something everyone will love or adore, but the Nissan Juke was surprisingly successful in its sales both in Europe and even in the United States. The Cherokee, on the other hand, sold 200,000 units a year in the US in the last three years. These statistics means well for the Kona and any subsequent Hyundai badges.

Hyundai’s new looks for the crossover will be used on the 2018 and 2019 model of the Santa Fe Sport, which spy shots showed a headlight setup and honeycomb grille similar to the Kona. The new crossover language design, however, signals Hyundai’s willingness to finally break away from a decade of having strong design connection among its crossovers. Now, each nameplate will have a distinct design.

The similar look was necessary because Hyundai wasn’t such a known brand 10 years ago. But now that it has differentiated itself from the rest of the Asian automakers, it’s time to give each vehicle in the lineup a fresh look.

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