Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Surprise! 2019 Hyundai Veloster lives on with redesign

Surprise! 2019 Hyundai Veloster lives on with redesign

Stepping up to the Veloster Turbo brings the same 201 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as it had before, mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Hyundai will start producing the Veloster at its plant in Ulsan, Korea, in March, and it will hit the USA market in the second quarter of 2018.

Hyundai gave the Veloster N a few key visual updates to help set it apart from the rest of the lineup. Look to significant revisions to the grille, and a lower and more rakish roofline.

On the tech front, Hyundai is flexing some muscle and giving Veloster buyers a lot for their money. Power is up to 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque over last year's model. The Turbo's steering and suspension are tuned for sportier driving dynamics.

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Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with up to 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The rear end sees the most notable visual differences with LED tail lights that rise up to form the C-pillar and a centre-mounted exhaust outlet in the bold diffuser. It's inked to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Hyundai believes that its N brand will gain a foothold in the States, so consider the Veloster N to be something of a litmus test. Selectable drive modes alter programming for engine, transmission, and steering feel in both turbo and non-turbo models alike.

"Our new 2019 Veloster represents an even more compelling offering for young and young-at-heart automotive enthusiasts with more expressive design, involving dynamics and cutting-edge infotainment features", said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America.

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Torque Vectoring Control is standard on both, coupling the ESC and powertrain control systems to brake the inside front wheel during aggressive turns. In N mode, this system will make you happier with an engine over-run exhaust crackle during upshifts and downshifts.

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. To keep everything under control the Veloster N has optional oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors on the front axle and 12.4-inch rotors on the rear.

Final equipment levels are still being decided but expect the standard Veloster to feature a 7.0-inch central touchscreen, while SR models gain an 8.0-inch screen as well as a premium eight-speaker audio system, wireless phone charging capability, and a head-up display. There's also a sequential shift indicator on the dashboard to ensure you don't bang against the rev limiter.

It represents the Korean automaker's first performance auto for the USA market, according to Albert Biermann, Hyundai's present of performance development.

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