Detroit Motor Show: 2019 Hyundai Veloster revealed

Angelica Greene
January 16, 2018

A six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission is available with the turbo.

Clearly nobody told Hyundai that the Detroit Auto Show 2018 was being dominated by trucks and slick luxury sedans: the South Korean company instead brought the brand new 2019 Veloster and its insane Veloster N. The regular Veloster is now available with both a regular and a turbocharged engine for those looking for more power.

It was first introduced in 2011 and targeted at younger drivers. The new look is more coupe-like than hatchback, which should have a broader appeal.

As to the cooking Veloster, styling is more in line with recent Hyundai releases like the Kona, with the "cascading" grille, LED headlights daytime running lights, along with functional air curtains on each side of the lower front bumper.

The Veloster will be available with either the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle engine, or the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that is capable of making 201 horsepower with 195-pounds of torque.

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Hyundai will offer the 2019 Veloster in two 2.0-liter trims-2.0 and 2.0 Premium. Yuck. Think turbo, and, if you want real performance, wait a minute: rumor has it that there's a true Veloster N performance hot hatch coming soon, with a 2.0-liter turbo that makes about 250 horsepower - 49 more than what you get now, with a performance suspension as well. After more than a year of saying that the automaker's N performance brand wasn't going to arrive in the US 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.

The Veloster N throws in a new, track-centric N mode, which adjusts the suspension among other things, and there's also the N Corner-Carving Limited-slip Differential. Alternatively, there are normal, sport, eco, and N custom modes.

Hyundai has managed to make these changes with dramatically altering the Veloster's footprint, for better or worse. You can upgrade the brakes to massive 13.6-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotors, to boot.

In addition, Velosters with manual gearboxes - for some reason it seems the DCT doesn't have this option - are able to be fitted with 18-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4. There's no doubt that the Veloster needed this redesign, and it's good that the practical use of a good idea (those doors) sticks around. There's also a different design for the integrated diffuser, and bigger-diameter dual tailpipes. The interior is full of new tech features, like Qi wireless charging, an eight-inch display, HD Radio, and "Eyes Free" Apple Siri integration. High-beam assist will come standard with the optional LED headlights. As for the 2019 Veloster N, that won't reach USA shores until Q4.

The Veloster N throws in exclusive cloth sports seats and an N-design wheel, shift knob, door sill plates, and a special instrument cluster. Again, pricing will be confirmed closer to that point.

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