2023 Hyundai Kona-N Electronic Slip and Drive Mode Guidelines

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Hyundai Kona-N 2023 Electronic Limited Slip, N Button and Drive Mode

The Hyundai Kona-N 2023 is a high-performance compact SUV that combines sportiness, versatility, and advanced technology. With its aggressive styling, powerful engine, and dynamic driving capabilities, the Kona-N offers an exhilarating driving experience. The exterior of the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 features a bold and sporty design, with unique N Line accents and aerodynamic enhancements. It boasts a distinctive front grille, aggressive body lines, enlarged air intake, and dual exhaust outlets that contribute to its athletic appearance. Under the hood, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 is powered by a turbocharged engine that delivers impressive performance. It offers quick acceleration, responsive handling, and precise control, making it suitable for both daily driving and spirited maneuvers. Inside the Kona-N, you’ll find a driver-focused cabin with sporty accents and modern technology. The supportive seats, sports steering wheel, and N-branded elements create a dynamic and engaging environment. Advanced features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone integration, and a range of driver-assistance technologies further enhance the driving experience. The Hyundai Kona-N 2023 is equipped with various performance-enhancing features, including the Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) that optimizes traction and cornering capabilities. The N Button on the steering wheel allows quick access to customizable performance settings, enabling drivers to tailor the vehicle’s behavior to their preferences. Furthermore, the Kona-N offers different drive modes, such as Normal, Sport, N Custom, and Eco, which allow you to adjust various parameters like throttle response, suspension stiffness, and exhaust sound. This versatility allows you to customize the driving experience based on your mood and road conditions. Safety is also prioritized in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023, with features like forward collision avoidance, blind-spot collision warning, and lane-keeping assist available to help keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

2023 Hyundai KONA Specs, Price, Features, Milage (Brochure)

Electronic Limited Slip Differential and N Button

Electronic Limited Slip Differential refers to a feature equipped with a mechanism that controls the differential functions of the wheels.

  • Improve handling performance when circling at high speed.
  • Improve launching performance.
  • Prevent slipping on rainy or snowy roads due to dissimilar friction of the left and right wheels.

WARNING
Never run wheels with one of them lifted by the jack. It is extremely dangerous for a vehicle equipped with an Electronic Limited Slip Differential.

Drive mode selection
The characteristic of e-LSD varies according to which drive mode is selected by pressing the DRIVE MODE or N1 or N2 button on the steering wheel.

Mode button Selected mode Characteristic of e-LSD
 

DRIVE MODE

button

ECO mode NORMAL
NORMAL

mode

NORMAL
SPORT

mode

SPORT
 

 

N button

 

N mode

 

SPORT

N CUSTOM

mode

NORMAL/ SPORT

For more details, refer to “Drive Mode Integrated Control System” in this chapter.

Warning Messages

Electronic Limited Slip Differential and N Button1

Electronic Limited Slip Differential is disabled temporarily due to overheating Overheating of related parts will temporarily disable e-LSD. Wait until the vehicle cools down.

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Tire size mismatch. Check all tire sizes
If your vehicle is equipped with different tires (size, type, etc.) on the front, the message will appear. To use the Electronic Limited Slip Differential, equip the vehicle with the same tires on the front.

System malfunctionElectronic Limited Slip Differential and N Button2

Check limited slip differential If the Electronic Limited Slip Differential warning message comes on, you may have a problem with the Electronic Limited Slip Differential system. We recommend that you have the system checked by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer

N BUTTON

N1/N2 Button Settings

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N1 button: Left N button,
N2 button: Right N button

The driver can set the N1/N2 button on the infotainment system screen by pressing the button for approximately 0.8 seconds.

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Each of the N1/N2 button can be set:

  1.  N
  2.  CUSTOM 1
  3. CUSTOM 2
  4. N 􀀁 CUSTOM 1
  5. N 􀀁 CUSTOM 2
  6. DRIVE MODE
  7. Start lap timer
  8. Stop and reset the lap timer

Information
The same setting can be selected simultaneously on both N1 and N2 buttons. However, if the N1(N2) button is set to ‘(7) Start lap timer’, the N2(N1) button is automatically set to ‘(8) Stop & Reset lap timer’. For more details, please refer to the infotainment system manual separately supplied.

Drive Mode Integrated Control System

Drive Mode

Drive Mode Integrated Control System1

Information
If the N1 or N2 button is set to ‘Drive-mode’ from the infotainment system, the drive mode can be selected by pressing the N1 or N2 button. For more details, please refer to the infotainment system manual separately supplied. The drive mode may be selected according to the driver’s preference or road condition. The system resets to be in the NORMAL mode when the engine is restarted. The mode changes, whenever the N1 or N2 button on the steering wheel or the Drive mode knob is turned.

Drive Mode Integrated Control System2Drive Mode Integrated Control System2Drive Mode Integrated Control System2When NORMAL mode is selected, it is not displayed on the instrument cluster. When in NORMAL mode, turn the Drive mode knob to the limit and hold as a shortcut to N mode. When the Drive Mode is set to ECO mode, the engine and transmission control logic are changed to maximize fuel efficiency. When the ECO mode is selected, the ECO indicator will illuminate. If the vehicle is set to ECO mode, when the engine is turned OFF and restarted, the Drive Mode setting will change to NORMAL mode.

Information
Fuel efficiency depends on the driver’s driving habits and road conditions.

When ECO mode is activated:
The acceleration response may be slightly reduced as the accelerator pedal is depressed moderately. The air conditioner’s performance may be limited. The engine noise may get louder. The above situations are normal conditions when ECO mode is activated, to improve fuel efficiency.

Limitation of ECO mode operation:
If the following conditions occur while ECO mode is operating, the system operation is limited even though there is no change in the ECO indicator.

  • When the coolant temperature is low:
    • The system will be limited until engine performance becomes normal.
  • When driving up a hill:
    • The system will be limited to gain power when driving uphill because engine torque is restricted.
    • The system will be limited due to the shift location.
  • When the accelerator pedal is deeply depressed for a few seconds:
    • The system will be limited, judging that the driver wants to speed up.

SPORT mode manages
the driving dynamics by automatically adjusting the steering effort, the engine, and the transmission control logic for enhanced driving performance.

  • When SPORT mode is selected by pressing the DRIVE MODE knob, the SPORT indicator will illuminate.
  • Whenever the engine is restarted, the Drive Mode will revert back to NORMAL mode. If SPORT mode is desired, re-select SPORT mode from the DRIVE MODE Knob.
  • When SPORT mode is activated:
    • The engine RPM will tend to remain raised over a certain length of time even after releasing the accelerator
    • Upshifts are delayed when accelerating

Information
In SPORT mode, the fuel efficiency may decrease.

SNOW mode
SNOW mode offers special traction tuning for snow optimizing available traction in adverse conditions. Snow mode adjusts left and right wheel slip control, engine torque and shift patterns according to available traction levels.

N mode

  • When N mode is selected, the N indicator will illuminate.
  • N mode (SPORT/SPORT+) manages
  • When N mode is selected, the N indicator will illuminate.
  • N mode (SPORT/SPORT+) manages Drive Mode Integrated Control System3N mode may be selected by pressing the N1 or N2 button. The system resets to be in NORMAL mode when the engine is restarted.
  • Information
    The driver can set the N1 or N2 button to N mode on the infotainment system screen. For more details on the N1 or N2 button setup, refer to the “N button” in this chapter.

N mode
N mode selects the proper driving mode among SPORT and SPORT+ for each component that will affect the performance of a high-performance vehicle.

  •  When N mode is selected, the N indicator will illuminate.
  • N mode (SPORT/SPORT+) manages the driving dynamics by automatically adjusting the steering effort and the engine and transmission control logic for enhanced driver performance.
  • When N mode (SPORT/SPORT+) is activated:
    • The engine RPM will tend to remain raised over a certain length of time even after releasing the accelerator
    • Upshifts are delayed when accelerating

Information
In SPORT or N mode, the fuel efficiency may decrease.

CUSTOM mode
The driver can set the two types of CUSTOM modes (CUSTOM 1/CUSTOM 2). In CUSTOM mode, they can select the drive mode for each component they prefer on the infotainment system screen.

  • Engine: NORMAL/SPORT/ SPORT+
  • Transmission: NORMAL/SPORT/ SPORT+
    • CREEP START function*1 ON/OFF
  • E-LSD (Electronic Limited Slip
    Differential): NORMAL/SPORT
  • Suspension: NORMAL/SPORT/ SPORT+
  • Steering: NORMAL/SPORT/ SPORT+
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) :
    NORMAL/SPORT/OFF
  • Exhaust sound: NORMAL/ SPORT/
    SPORT+
  1. CREEP START function (default setting ON): When OFF is set, the vehicle will not start automatically even if the brake pedal is not pressed in the D stop state. For more details, refer to the infotainment system manual separately supplied.

NGS (N Grin Shift)

Controls engine/transmission to maximum performance when pressing the NGS button on the steering wheel remote control in situations where rapid acceleration is required. Functional description and operating conditions

Drive Mode Integrated Control System4

When the NGS button is pressed:
 Automatically shifts to the lowest allowable gear (Automatic shifting is not performed in manual shift mode) Turbo is in over-boost mode (For added power and torque) N Grin Shift is available for 20 Seconds 􀀁􀀂 N Grin Shift can be reused 40 seconds later after using the function for 20 seconds

N Grin Shift will turn off during operation or will not operate when:

  • Changing drive mode during N Grin
  • Shift operation
  • The engine check light is on
  • Transmission high temperature (overheating) lights on
  • Transmission malfunction
  • The shift lever is in P/ R/ N
  • Using N Grin Shift within 40 seconds after using the function for 20 seconds

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CAUTION
The driver should hold the responsibility to safely drive and control the vehicle when using the N Grin Shift. Do not attempt dangerous driving while using N Grin Shift. It is recommended to use after a vehicle break-in and continuous use of N Grin Shift can overload the vehicle components such as transmission, engine, and drive shaft.

Vehicle Characteristic
The characteristic of each component varies according to which drive mode is selected by pressing the N1 or N2 button on the steering wheel or the DRIVE MODE knob.

 

DCT

 

Component

DRIVE MODE Knob
ECO mode NORMAL mode SPORT mode
Engine & Driving Engine ECO NORMAL SPORT
Transmission*ƽ ECO NORMAL SPORT
e-LSD*ƺ NORMAL NORMAL SPORT
 

Chassis

Suspension NORMAL NORMAL SPORT
Steering NORMAL NORMAL SPORT
ESC *ƻ NORMAL NORMAL NORMAL
Sound Exhaust sound *Ƽ ECO NORMAL SPORT
 

DCT

 

Component

N mode NGS Button (N Grin Shift)
N mode CUSTOM mode
Engine & Driving Engine SPORT+ NORMAL / SPORT / SPORT+ SPORT+
Transmission*ƽ SPORT+ NORMAL / SPORT / SPORT+ SPORT+
e-LSD*ƺ SPORT NORMAL / SPORT Maintain mode before entering NGS
 

Chassis

Suspension SPORT+ NORMAL / SPORT / SPORT+
Steering SPORT+ NORMAL / SPORT / SPORT+
ESC *ƻ SPORT NORMAL / SPORT / OFF
Sound Exhaust sound *Ƽ SPORT+ NORMAL / SPORT / SPORT+ SPORT+
  1. Electronic Limited Slip Differential
  2. Electronic Stability Control
  3. The exhaust sound changes according to the mode selected. [Quietest] ECO/NORMAL mode < SPORT mode < N mode [Loudest] An exhaust crackle sound, to deliver an emotional effect, is produced while driving when the accelerator pedal is released right after being depressed. This exhaust sound effect will be heard when SPORT+ is selected for the Sound component. To turn it off, select NORMAL or SPORT for the Engine component in CUSTOM mode. Please be aware and be mindful when using the exhaust sound system in SPORT+ mode as the pops and bangs can cause disturbance to your neighbors when using it in a crowded public area, closed parking spaces, and/or residential area. We strongly recommend using it with consideration.
  4. The automatic creep start function can be turned ON / OFF in the CUSTOM setup menu. DCT : Dual Clutch Transmission

FAQ

What is the Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
The Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) is a feature in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 that helps optimize traction and handling during dynamic driving. It distributes torque between the front wheels to maximize grip and improve cornering performance.

How does the Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) work?
The Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) continuously monitors wheel speed, vehicle dynamics, and driver inputs. It adjusts torque distribution between the front wheels, sending more power to the wheel with more traction to enhance stability and cornering ability.

What is the N Button in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
The N Button is a dedicated button on the steering wheel of the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 that allows the driver to quickly access customizable performance settings. It enables you to toggle between Normal, Sport, N Custom, and Eco modes for a tailored driving experience.

How does the N Button work?
By pressing the N Button, you can switch between different driving modes available in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023. Each mode adjusts various parameters, such as throttle response, suspension firmness, steering weight, and exhaust sound, to match your desired driving style.

What are the available Drive Modes in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
The Hyundai Kona-N 2023 offers different Drive Modes, including Normal, Sport, N Custom, and Eco. Each mode offers unique characteristics that adjust the vehicle’s performance, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency to suit your preferences and driving conditions.

Can I customize the N Custom mode in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
Yes, the N Custom mode in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 is customizable. It allows you to personalize various parameters, such as engine response, exhaust sound, suspension firmness, and steering weight, to create a driving setup that best suits your preferences.

Does the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 have launch control?
Yes, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 is equipped with launch control. This feature optimizes acceleration from a standstill, delivering maximum performance for spirited starts and acceleration runs.

Can I disable the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
Yes, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 typically allows you to disable the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, which provides more freedom and control over the vehicle’s performance, particularly in performance-oriented driving scenarios.

Does the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 have a rev-matching feature?
Yes, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 may feature a rev-matching function. This feature automatically adjusts the engine speed during downshifts to match the revs of the selected gear, resulting in smoother and more precise shifts.

Can I adjust the exhaust sound in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
Yes, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 typically offers an adjustable exhaust sound feature. It allows you to adjust the intensity and aggressiveness of the exhaust note to enhance the driving experience and suit your personal preferences.

What is the purpose of the N Grin Control System in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
The N Grin Control System in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 allows you to adjust various performance parameters to customize your driving experience. It includes settings for engine response, exhaust sound, steering weight, and suspension firmness, enabling you to find the perfect balance between comfort and sportiness.

Can I adjust the steering weight in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
Yes, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 typically offers adjustable steering weight. You can select different modes through the N Button or Drive Mode to change the level of steering assistance and feedback, providing a more engaging or comfortable driving feel.

Is the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 equipped with a launch control system?
Yes, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 is typically equipped with a launch control system. This feature optimizes acceleration from a standstill, allowing you to achieve the quickest and most consistent starts for maximum performance.

Can I adjust the suspension firmness in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
Yes, the Hyundai Kona-N 2023 generally offers adjustable suspension firmness. Through the N Button or Drive Mode, you can select different suspension settings to enhance handling and control based on your preferences and driving conditions.

How do I activate the N Custom mode in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023?
To activate the N Custom mode in the Hyundai Kona-N 2023, press the N Button on the steering wheel to access the available driving modes. Select the N Custom mode, and then use the infotainment system or other controls to customize the parameters according to your preferences.

Useful Link

View Full User Guide: Hyundai Kona-N 2023 User Guide
Download Manuals: https://owners.hyundaiusa.com/us/en/resources/manuals-warranties.html
2023 Hyundai KONA Specs, Price, Features, Milage (Brochure)

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