You better get used to the name Kona because the compact crossover from Hyundai now looks more likely to capture a large slice of the market. Hyundai pulled the curtains off the new Kona a couple of weeks ago and the response from the crowd has been mostly positive.
While the design of the Kona may be hard to get used to, the originality and bold features on the car is getting a lot of praises from the crossover lovers. So when Hyundai started talking about how the N division will be involving the Kona earlier today, we can’t help but feel fearful for the Mazda CX-3.
The latter is a fan-favourite compact crossover but as good as it is, the car lacks a performance-focussed, high-powered model. Hyundai, on the other hand, is barely getting started with the Kona and they are already having big performance goals with the crossover.
The Kona N is expected to arrive a year later and it is tipped to come out running on a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can develop 240hp. Such a setup can certainly spell trouble for the Mazda CX-3.