In response to evolving customer preferences in the electric vehicle (EV) market, Hyundai has extended its sporty N Line trim to the Kona Electric, marking the first instance of performance styling options for one of the brand's EV models. It is important to note that this introduction is primarily a styling exercise and not indicative of a full-fledged N derivative, akin to the gas-powered Kona N.
The N Line treatment introduces a more dynamic aesthetic with aggressive front and rear bumpers, gloss black mirror caps, distinctive 19-inch wheels, and an optional two-tone black roof—features not found on other models. Interior enhancements include a dedicated N Line steering wheel, metal pedals, a black headliner, and sports seats.
The choice of seat finish varies between the base £40,395 ($51,164) N Line and the £43,095 ($54,580) N Line S in the UK, offering a cloth option for the former and an Eco Alcantara and leather combination for the latter. Both configurations feature red contrast stitching and heated seats in the front and rear.
The N Line S adds ventilation and electric adjustment to the seats, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, a Bose hi-fi system, a full-width DRL light bar, and additional safety features not present in the non-S Kona N Line.
Under the hood, both models maintain consistency, featuring a 65 kWh battery and a single 215 hp (218 PS / 160 kW) electric motor powering the front wheels, propelling the Kona Electric from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.8 seconds. While other Kona variants offer a smaller 48.4 kWh battery and a 154 hp (156 PS / 115 kW) electric motor, this configuration is not available for the N Line models introduced.
Currently confirmed for European versions of the Kona Electric, it is anticipated that the N Line treatment will extend to North American markets, considering the availability of the ICE Kona with N Line features in the U.S.