Monday, October 2, 2023

Hyundai discontinues the Hyundai Kona N in Australia

The Hyundai Kona N, the high-performance version of the popular Hyundai i30 N hatchback, is being discontinued in Australia after just two years on the market. The latest batch of Kona N models has arrived at local dealers, and there are currently only 26 new examples available for purchase. Hyundai Australia hasn’t confirmed plans for a successor to the Kona N, and there’s no indication a new N-line flagship model is in the works.

Although there has been speculation about the possibility of an electric Hyundai Kona N, Hyundai N executives have stated that the Kona Electric’s current electric technology and battery are not suitable for the performance-oriented approach expected from an N model. Additionally, the Kona N 2.0’s 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, also shared with the i30 N hatchback and sedan, is more than a decade old and may not meet new European emissions standards that come into effect in 2026.

In terms of sales, the Kona N has performed reasonably well in Australia, accounting for 10 percent of the Kona model mix with 643 units sold this year alone. However, the i30 N hatchbacks, N sedans, and i20 N have overtaken the Kona N in terms of popularity. The growing demand for electric vehicles (EV) in Europe has played an important role in the decision to discontinue the Kona N, as Hyundai Europe is currently focused on promoting and selling electric vehicles and showing less interest in continuing to produce internal combustion engine vehicles.

It’s unclear whether Hyundai will launch a next-generation Kona N with an internal combustion engine as demand for electric vehicles continues to grow. Currently, it looks like the discontinuation of the Hyundai Kona N marks the end of an era for this high-performance compact SUV.

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