Hyundai's Veloster grows up for Detroit, but keeps it weird

Isaac Cain
January 16, 2018

Looking at the Veloster in more detail reveals the new elements, with the front-end featuring a three-dimensional version of its signature cascading front grille that is flanked by LED headlights with integrated running lights on each side and supported by a complex lower splitter that cuts into the air intakes to form air fences in order to improve aerodynamics.

Now in its second generation, the 2019 Veloster retains the original's unusual three-door coupe body style (with an extra door on the left-hand side for easier rear-seat access), but moves to the same, highly rated platform as the PD i30, bringing the promise of sharper, more engaging dynamics. The two-plus-one hatchback's overall profile and proportions are similar to the outgoing model, but modernized.

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2018. Turbo Velosters get a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The suspension geometry has been radically changed relative to the standard Veloster and Veloster Turbo, and there's a hefty (but apparently "unobtrusive") strut brace for the rear suspension towers.

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After taking a year-long sabbatical, the 2019 Veloster is back, and it's wearing a fresh new look at today's Detroit Auto Show. The entry-level model is powered by a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated inline-four kicking out 145bhp and 132lb ft of torque, while the Turbo is good for 199bhp and 195lb ft of twist via a 1.6-litre four-banger.

The Hyundai Veloster seemed like a safe bet in the automotive death pool. After more than a year of saying that the automaker's N performance brand wasn't going to arrive in the U.S. anytime soon-being primarily targeted at European markets-Hyundai hit its fans with a thunderous surprise: the sound of growling exhaust system on the brand-new Hyundai Veloster N. We assume that like the i30N, the Veloster N will also be available in a 247 hp state of tune. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts. There's a multi-mode suspension with a track-specific N mode, an available limited-slip differential and a drive mode that you can customize to meet your personal needs.

N BRAKING Veloster N available braking offers oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors on the front axle and 12.4-inch rotors on the rear, for confident, heat-dissipating braking performance coupled with a firm pedal feel. Options include a head-up display, 8.0-inch touch screen, wireless charging and eight-speaker Infinity audio. The blue accent theme is carried through, and there's a progressive sequential shift indicator. In fact, it seems that this design change may be in anticipation of Hyundai's proper entry into performance hatchery.

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