Hyundai has been making some seriously good crossovers lately: the Palisade and the Kona are some of the best in the business. But they've also been building performance cars like the Veloster N, Veloster Turbo, and the new Sonata N Line. Now, their latest vehicle combines those two ideas, and it's called the Kona N. The South Korean brand just dropped some great teaser shots that show quite a bit of detail. 

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While the Kona just got refreshed, this is an altogether new trim level that focuses on sportiness. And you can tell by the various performance-like details in the styling. First of all, there's a new mesh pattern in the grille, larger intakes, and triple vents in the hood that aren't on the regular Kona. The result is a more aggressive front fascia that looks purposeful and attractive. Red striping makes its way from the front lip spoiler all the way around the base of the rocker panels.

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Go around back, and the Kona N adds a triangular LED high-mounted brake light, a diffuser panel, and two large round exhaust tips. The reflectors get a new pattern, lose the amber lenses, and add black surrounds. It's all capped off by a big two-level roof spoiler that looks spectacular. The Kona N also adds red striping around the diffuser to further distinguish it from the regular Kona. We didn't love the first-generation Kona before the redesign, but this N version is the best the model has even looked.

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There are no teaser photos of the interior, but our guess is that there will be sportier seats, red trim to mirror the exterior, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and some sportier trim bits. Under the hood, the Kona N will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 275-horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. That's the same engine as the one used in the quick and nimble Veloster N, so expect some solid performance numbers.

Rumor is that it will get a manual transmission, in addition to the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. We're hoping the N will be offered in AWD configuration, as well as FWD, and that it will get an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip differential. As more details come in when the car is fully revealed, we'll be sure to let you know. This is very exciting news from a brand that cares about drivers. 

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