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PostHeaderIcon The Hyundai Veloster N ETCR Is a Wild RWD Electric Race Car

Revealed next to lightened Hyundai i30 N, the ETCR-prepped Hyundai Veloster N wowed the Frankfurt Motor Show press crowds with the flamboyant livery, and, quite frankly, impressive looks. Prepared for the ETCR – the electric touring car racing series – that starts in 2020 – the Veloster N features a mid-mounted electric motor, RWD, and floor-mounted batteries.

While the car is a cool racing proposition for the future, the story behind it is a bit more interesting than what you could pick up at first glance. We know a lot more about it than Hyundai was comfortable to reveal in Frankfurt.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N TCR Seems Ready For A Promising Racing Season In 2019

The Hyundai Elantra GT N Line did not come alone to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit; it has the 2019 Velostar N TCR for company. This race car from the South Korean is eligible to race in the 2019 International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Michelin Pilot Challenge series and the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge. Doesn’t it feel tempting to own a car that has raced the tracks?

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster SEMA Ultimate Street Car

Prepared to compete at the Optima Batteries’ 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, Hyundai unveiled an all-new special Veloster N. It will enter the Optima Batteries GTC class and compete at the last two events of the year. The reasoning behind this new special edition Veloster N is straightforward. Hyundai is about to reveal the performance-focused Veloster N in the U.S. Generating hype by competing in events like this can only further the cause of linking the Veloster N name with performance and excitement.

“The OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car competition is the perfect venue to allow Hyundai to showcase its expanding performance envelope and introduce the N-brand vehicles to performance enthusiasts,” said Joshua Vedder, Senior Group Manager, Customer Connect, Hyundai Motor America. “The vehicles are modified in a way that mirrors a typical enthusiast – gripper tires and suspension, increased power, etc.; and then tested in this severe environment. This is one way we ensure our vehicle will exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Apart from the new specially prepared racing Veloster N, Hyundai unveiled an awesome Ioniq with the drivetrain from the Kona Electric. That one will try to defend the title it won at the 2017 National Championship in the GTE class. Nevertheless, we are focused now on the Veloster N as it did receive some serious upgrades over the streetcar that will come soon to our market, but it remain a street-legal machine.

Applying much the same magic as to the stunning i30 N, Hyundai translated the Veloster N into a car capable of competing with the likes of the Civic Type R, the Golf GTI, and the Focus ST, among others. We have been expecting the Veloster N for some time. Actually, ever since we saw that stunning mid-engine Veloster with a 2.0-liter, 296-horsepower turbocharged engine back in 2014.

PostHeaderIcon Breaking: An All-Electric Hyundai N Performance Model Will Happen When the Time is Right

Hyundai’s N performance brand will eventually have an electric model within its ranks, so says the company’s engineering chief, Albert Biermann. Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, though. For now, the N sub-brand will continue to roll out the i30 N, i30 N Fastback, and Veloster N until 2021. Only then will the company begin entertaining the thought of introducing more advanced N products, one of which, at least according to Biermann, is an electric performance model.

PostHeaderIcon The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

Finding the right car for you isn’t exactly easy. From horsepower to mpg, interior room to standard equipment, there’s a lot to take in and consider. Of course, doing your homework is critical to finding that perfect ride, and luckily, if you’re looking for something under the $20K-mark, we’ve got you covered right here.

Continue reading for the full list.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Hyundai Veloster

When Hyundai debuted the 2019 Hyundai Veloster at the Detroit Auto Show jaws hit the floor, stars glowed a little brighter, and robes in hotels all around Detroit opened for high-level Hyundai execs. Okay, that’s a little extreme, but it was pretty jaw-dropping, and it grabbed a ton of attention. The Veloster was back, and it came back with a vengeance, sporting a whole new look, more powerful drivetrains (including an N-tuned model,) and a pretty nice interior for a car coming from a company that was once known for economy cars. This time around, the Veloster is here to serve as a very strong proposition in the hot-hatch market, aiming to put cars like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta to shame. Power output comes from a 2.0-liter that’s good for 147 ponies or a turbocharged, 1.6-liter mill that’s good for 201 horsepower. And, now that we’ve had a chance to look back on it, we thought it was a good idea to pay it a little tribute and make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked favorite below.

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster

First introduced in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster initially hit the scene as a replacement for the Hyundai Tiburon, the FWD 2+2 coupe built between 1996 and 2008. By contrast, the Veloster changed it up with a funky hatchback profile and 2+1 door layout (one on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side). In a segment filled to the brim with hard-hitting, well-established competition, the Veloster is a bit of an upstart, shaking things up with a unique attitude that still manages to make fun-behind-the-wheel a top priority. Throughout its life cycle, we’ve seen a wide variety of custom takes on the Veloster, but now, Hyundai is offering up a whole new second generation. Once again making its debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, the latest 2019 model year brings with it a variety of models and trim levels, including the base model, and the mid-grade Turbo and R-Spec models. There’s even a go-faster N version if that happens to be more your speed (check out our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N). Just as it was before, the new Veloster once again aims at catching the eye of enthusiasts, with a focus on making the whole package more engaging, both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of the driving experience. The latest model year also comes with a good bit upgraded infotainment stuff as well.

But will the Veloster’s sophomore effort be enough to topple equally enticing offerings from the likes of Mazda, Honda, or Ford? Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster.

Exterior

  • Sharper exterior styling
  • 2+1 body style
  • Functional air curtains and aero enhancements
  • LED lighting
  • 7 paint options
  • Available two-tone scheme with black roof

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“Hyundai decided to pen up a new design, employing a joint effort between Hyundai's designers in Irvine, California, and its designers in Seoul, South Korea. The end result is more aggressive and head-turning than the first-gen model.”

While the 2019 Hyundai Veloster looks newer and sharper than the model that came before it, the styling basics are more or less unchanged. For example, it still offers an asymmetric two-door hatchback body style with a subtle third door added to the passenger’s side. Think of it kinda like a 2+1 body style, with a 2+2 interior.

However, to help it look and feel like the second generation that it is, Hyundai decided to pen up a new design, employing a joint effort between Hyundai’s designers in Irvine, California, and its designers in Seoul, South Korea. The end result is more aggressive and head-turning than the first-gen model, so let’s dive into the specifics.

Up front, we find a larger hexagonal grille, with sharper creases and an expanded upper section. The grille comes with a cool 3D aesthetic, and uses a black diamond-patterned insert to ward off any wayward pieces of the terrain. The lower bits incorporate functional air curtains, which not only help to increase the front-end aero efficiency, but also look great, with multiple layers stacked on one another in a manner that reminds us of a race-spec splitter. The lowest section is finished in a matte black color.


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“The lower bits incorporate functional air curtains, which not only help to increase the front-end aero efficiency, but also look great, with multiple layers stacked on one another in a manner that reminds us of a race-spec splitter.”

A little higher up we have the headlights, which get LEDs for the primary lighting element and the daytime running lights. The housings also look simpler in their shape, with down-turned creases rather than the check-mark shape of the older generation. The older fog lights are gone this time around, replaced with black block-off plates in the corners. Even the hood looks meaner, now arriving with a set of character lines that help increase the car’s sense of forward motion.

Moving around into the 2019 Veloster’s profile, and you’ll notice that the fender flares are now larger than before, with the increased dimensions adding a little extra visual beefiness to the car’s stance. The cowl point and A-pillar were also moved towards the rear, connecting with the hood line and belt line to create a more cohesive look. While subtle, those profile character lines look good on the hatch, especially with the lowered roof line. The side skirts lead the eye rearwards and into the rear fenders, enhancing the taut appearance even more. In the corners, customers can get theirs with optional 18-inch alloy wheels.

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“The first-generation Hyundai Veloster (pictured on the left) is simpler and rounder in its design, where as the second-generation (pictured right) is more aggressive and sharper. And we like that – it's a move that works well for the segment.”

Step around to the rear of the Veloster, and you’ll find a more technical, detail-heavy design than the first generation. The
first thing that jumps out is the integrated diffuser, which sits prominently at the lower edge of the bumper, complementing the front bumper well. In the middle of the diffuser is the exhaust, with a single outlet used for the base model 2.0-liter and a dual set-up for the Turbo and R-Spec models. Chrome plating is used to add extra bling factor. The taillights wrap around from the rear fenders and get a sweeping set of Y-shaped graphics, plus the option for LED lighting.

Topping it off is a solid selection of exterior paint options, including Ultra Black, Chalk White, Sonic Silver, Thunder Gray, Sunset Orange, Racing Red, and Space Gray. You can also option in a black roof treatment for that two-tone appearance, if desired (we definitely recommend it!).

Interior

  • 2+2 seating arrangement
  • Horizontal dash layout replaces older vertical set-up
  • Checkered background for the gauge cluster
  • Contrasting stitching elements in the upholstery
  • Cloth, cloth and leather, or all-leather options
  • Intake and exhaust sound enhancement feature

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“With the exterior of the Veloster looking a good deal sharper this time around, the interior also gets a redesign that makes it a lot more desirable.”

With the exterior of the Veloster looking a good deal sharper this time around, the interior also gets a redesign that makes it a lot more desirable. While the older model’s 2+2 seating layout is retained, the dash now employs a complementary asymmetric design that emphasizes the driver’s position by placing additional buttons closer to that side of the cockpit. The steering wheel was updated, and now looks smaller and a bit oblong thanks to a much shorter center spoke and lower center line. There’s still nice hand bolsters at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, and the air vents are horizontal, rather than vertical like the first gen.

The center console is also more horizontal now, and no longer set in a “vee” shape like the outgoing model. There’s a two-tier button scheme, with the lower half employed for the climate control and upper portion used for infotainment. The infotainment screen is placed in an upright position on the top of the dash. The gauges look new as well, with a slick checkered background enhancing the car’s sporting intentions.

Go for the the Turbo Ultimate model, and you’ll get a contrasting color scheme that helps to isolate the driver’s position. Further unique colors, materials, and other interior features can be had depending on the trim level picked. In particular we like the red offset against the black in the Turbo model – definitely understated, but effective nonetheless.


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“All models also get Active Sound Design, which supposedly enhances intake and ehxust noises for a more engaging experience. It's a bit like cheating, but don't worry Hyundai – we won't tell anyone.”

Interior materials include either cloth, cloth and leather, or all leather, depending on the trim and options picked. All models also get Active Sound Design, which “enhances intake and exhaust powertrain sound character inside the cabin for a more visceral driving experience, especially during spirited driving.” It’s a bit like cheating, but don’t worry Hyundai – we won’t tell anyone.

Heading the list of updates for the 2019 model year is a wide selection of fresh infotainment and greater connectivity features. Standard spec tosses in the usual goodies, such as AM, FM, and MP3 support, plus a host of auxiliary inputs. Controlling it all is a standard 7.0-inch LCD infotainment screen, but buyers can opt into the 8.0-inch “floating screen” for a little extra outlay. These come with a multi-touch screen plus menu swipe function for easier operation, and offer a good deal of smartphone support as well. There’s Apple Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users, plus the full Apple CarPlay system and Android Auto as well. SiriusXM radio and HD Radio are also part of the package, as is the next-gen Blue Link with LTE connectivity. This comes with three years of complimentary service, offering up features like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door lock and unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link also integrates with your smartwatch for those ultimate James Bond vibes.

The 2019 Veloster is also offered with an optional navigation screen and real-time traffic info, an optional Infinity audio system with eight speakers (including a subwoofer and Clari-Fi sound processing), and an optional Qi wireless charging. That last bit will even send you a notice when your phone is fully charged, plus it’ll remind you to grab it before exiting the vehicle.


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“One of the coolest extras has to be the optional heads-up display, which pops out of the dash as soon as you push a button next the steering wheel. The HUD displays the current road speed, navigation directions, assist system status, and audio system info.”

One of the coolest extras has to be the optional heads-up display, which
pops out of the dash as soon as you push a button next the steering wheel. The HUD displays the current road speed, navigation directions, assist system status (more on the assists in a second), and audio system info. It’ll also adapt to whatever your chosen drive mode may be, with Sport mode offering a focus on performance stuff like engine rpm, road speed, and current transmission gear. Once you’re done with the HUD, push a button, and it’ll recede back into the dash and out of view.

As is tradition for all new cars, the 2019 Veloster comes with a broad selection of safety systems, with features like standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which utilizes a forward-facing camera that can detect a collision before it happens and automatically apply the brakes to lessen the impact, or avoid the collision all together. The camera also provides the Veloster with features like lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, and driver attention warning.

Hyundai also equipped it with a radar system, which enables further safety and convenience features like a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Finally, all models get a standard rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, and a six-airbag protection system in case you really bin it.

Drivetrain

  • Base model gets 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Higher trims get 201-horsepower turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • 1.6-liter comes with overboost function
  • Transmission options include six-speed manual, six-speed auto, and seven-speed DCT
  • Multiple drive modes

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“Delve into the reshaped nose on the 2019 Veloster, and you'll find a few tweaked engine bits to help it perform, both in terms of speed and in terms of efficiency”

Delve into the reshaped nose on the 2019 Veloster, and you’ll find a few tweaked engine bits to help it perform, both in terms of speed and in terms of efficiency. The base model tosses the old model’s 1.6-liter four-banger with a new a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with Atkinson-cycle. Dubbed the Nu 2.0-liter, this unit produces a maximum of 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm, besting the outgoing model’s rather paltry 132 ponies. Standout features for the Nu 2.0-liter include Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an electronic throttle, variable induction, and a new anti-friction cylinder coating material. Go for this powerplant, and you can pair it with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic.

If a little less than 150 horses just won’t cut the mustard for ya, you can option up to the much more exciting Gamma 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Thanks to direct injection and extra atmosphere stuffed into its cylinders, this zippy little ’four makes as much as 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (matching the old turbo’s peak power level) and 195 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. And despite its forced induction aspiration, it also takes regular fuel, prompting Hyundai to claim a best-in-class specific output (125.6 horsepower per liter). There’s even an overboost function that adds a smidgen of extra twist, pumping it up to 202 pound-feet. That’s not a lot, but hey – overboost is always a pretty cool function, don’tcha think?


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“If less than 150 horses doesn't do it for ya, you can option up to the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Thanks to direct injection and extra atmosphere stuffed into its cylinders, this zippy little 'four makes as much as 201 horsepower.”

If you decide to go for the turbo, the transmission options include either a six-speed manual with three pedals, or a seven-speed dual-clutch unit with steering wheel paddle shifters. It should be noted that the dual-clutch transmission option offers a “direct connection” for greater efficiency and “uninterrupted torque transfer” while upshifting, plus a Hillstart Assist Control for easier driving on steep inclines. No more handbrake trick for you.

To make the most of what its got, the Veloster offers pilots a variety of driving modes. These include such self-explanatory titles as Normal, Sport, and Smart, and the different software affects settings for the engine, transmission, and steering.

Finally, if you’re looking for the fastest Veloster on the block, you’ll wanna go with the 275-horsepower N model. Check out our full review here.

Chassis And Handling

  • Four-wheel independent suspension set-up
  • Torque Vector Control as standard
  • Manual transmission will get you 18-inch alloys wrapped in summer rubber
  • Motor-drive electric power steering
  • Quicker steering ratio higher in the line

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“While having a solid amount of go under the hood is always welcome in a sporty little hatchback, it's far more important to have the proper suspension bits in the corners to make the most of it.”

While having a solid amount of go under the hood is always welcome in a sporty little hatchback, it’s far more important to have the proper suspension bits in the corners to make the most of it. To that end, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo model gets a MacPherson strut suspension in front, which includes coils springs, gas shocks, and a stabilizer bar sized at 24 mm. Meanwhile, the rear gets an independent multi-link with a 19 mm stabilizer bar, plus gas shocks.

All models get Torque Vectoring Control, which is an active electronic assistance program that detects wheel slippage via an array of individual wheel sensors. After slippage is detected, the system then applies braking force as needed to the inside front wheel, while also increasing power to the outside wheel, thus enhancing cornering prowess in the process.


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“Go for the Turbo model, and you'll get revised calibration and a faster ratio for extra response when wheeling around in the bends.”

Further turn assist is made by the motor-driven electric power steering system, which gets adjustable electric assist depending on the “driving conditions.” Go for the Turbo model, and you’ll get revised calibration and a faster ratio for extra response when wheeling around in the bends. Opt into the manual transmission, and Hyundai will mount 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires.

Rounding it off is the usual lineup of safety systems, such as Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control. There’s also four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution.

Prices


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Production for the 2019 Hyundai Veloster kicks off in March of this year, with the latest models slated to roll off the line at Hyundai’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea. Look for availability in the U.S. market by the second quarter of 2018.

As for pricing, Hyundai has yet to divulge exact numbers, but we expect a starting figure a little under $20,000, given the current model starts at $18,100.

Competition

Honda Civic Coupe


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While slightly less aggressive than the race-tastic Hyundai Veloster, the Civic still manages to bring the goods in the fun department. The suspension tuning finds a sweet spot between comfort and corner-carving, while myriad engine choices offer up to 180 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque in the 1.5-liter Sport model. FWD is standard, while transmission options include both a manual and a CVT. You can also get yours in a variety of different body styles, including a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. Pricing starts at a Hyundai-matching $18,840.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe.

Mazda3


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Matching FWD agility with an affordable price tag and hatchback practicality is a specialty of the Mazda3, and it shows as soon as you start giving it a little extra gusto in the corners. It all starts with that zoom-zoom-style independent suspension, while engine options include 155 horses from a 2.0-liter ’four in the base model, or 184 horses from a 2.5-liter ’four in the higher trims. Outside is the head-turning good looks of Mazda’s Kodo design language, while the interior is composed of a variety of top-shelf materials. Pricing starts at $18,095.

Read our full review on the 2016-2018 Mazda3.

Conclusion


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Truth be told, we here at TopSpeed love a good hot hatchback, and it would appear as though the 2019 Hyundai Veloster ticks all the important boxes in our list of requirements. We think the new design looks great, offering an aggressive, super-sharp style that’s just right for the segment. We also really like the three-door body style, and the large wheel options as well. The interior equipment is nice, and although the layout is a little too subtle and the 2+2 passenger seating is a bit cramped, it gets the job done all the same. Performance-wise, the Veloster makes it happen with solid suspension bits and the available 200-horsepower powertrain spec.

That said, there are more practical and more refined options on the table, and the Veloster still has some proving to do in the long-run. This is a segment filled with well-established nameplates, and up against the likes of Honda or Mazda, Hyundai is still cementing its position.

Not that it’s a bad choice – quite the opposite, actually. If you’re in the market for a fun, attractive, sporty hatchback, then this is definitely one worthy of checking out.

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    • * More refinement offered elsewhere in the segment
    • * Interior might get a bit cramped with more than 2 passengers
    • * Wouldn’t you rather spring for the go-faster N model?

References

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster

First introduced in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster initially hit the scene as a replacement for the Hyundai Tiburon, the FWD 2+2 coupe built between 1996 and 2008. By contrast, the Veloster changed it up with a funky hatchback profile and 2+1 door layout (one on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side). In a segment filled to the brim with hard-hitting, well-established competition, the Veloster is a bit of an upstart, shaking things up with a unique attitude that still manages to make fun-behind-the-wheel a top priority. Throughout its life cycle, we’ve seen a wide variety of custom takes on the Veloster, but now, Hyundai is offering up a whole new second generation. Once again making its debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, the latest 2019 model year brings with it a variety of models and trim levels, including the base model, and the mid-grade Turbo and R-Spec models. There’s even a go-faster N version if that happens to be more your speed (check out our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N). Just as it was before, the new Veloster once again aims at catching the eye of enthusiasts, with a focus on making the whole package more engaging, both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of the driving experience. The latest model year also comes with a good bit upgraded infotainment stuff as well.

But will the Veloster’s sophomore effort be enough to topple equally enticing offerings from the likes of Mazda, Honda, or Ford? Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster.

Exterior

  • Sharper exterior styling
  • 2+1 body style
  • Functional air curtains and aero enhancements
  • LED lighting
  • 7 paint options
  • Available two-tone scheme with black roof

2019 Hyundai Veloster - image 761437
“Hyundai decided to pen up a new design, employing a joint effort between Hyundai's designers in Irvine, California, and its designers in Seoul, South Korea. The end result is more aggressive and head-turning than the first-gen model.”

While the 2019 Hyundai Veloster looks newer and sharper than the model that came before it, the styling basics are more or less unchanged. For example, it still offers an asymmetric two-door hatchback body style with a subtle third door added to the passenger’s side. Think of it kinda like a 2+1 body style, with a 2+2 interior.

However, to help it look and feel like the second generation that it is, Hyundai decided to pen up a new design, employing a joint effort between Hyundai’s designers in Irvine, California, and its designers in Seoul, South Korea. The end result is more aggressive and head-turning than the first-gen model, so let’s dive into the specifics.

Up front, we find a larger hexagonal grille, with sharper creases and an expanded upper section. The grille comes with a cool 3D aesthetic, and uses a black diamond-patterned insert to ward off any wayward pieces of the terrain. The lower bits incorporate functional air curtains, which not only help to increase the front-end aero efficiency, but also look great, with multiple layers stacked on one another in a manner that reminds us of a race-spec splitter. The lowest section is finished in a matte black color.


2019 Hyundai Veloster - image 761449
“The lower bits incorporate functional air curtains, which not only help to increase the front-end aero efficiency, but also look great, with multiple layers stacked on one another in a manner that reminds us of a race-spec splitter.”

A little higher up we have the headlights, which get LEDs for the primary lighting element and the daytime running lights. The housings also look simpler in their shape, with down-turned creases rather than the check-mark shape of the older generation. The older fog lights are gone this time around, replaced with black block-off plates in the corners. Even the hood looks meaner, now arriving with a set of character lines that help increase the car’s sense of forward motion.

Moving around into the 2019 Veloster’s profile, and you’ll notice that the fender flares are now larger than before, with the increased dimensions adding a little extra visual beefiness to the car’s stance. The cowl point and A-pillar were also moved towards the rear, connecting with the hood line and belt line to create a more cohesive look. While subtle, those profile character lines look good on the hatch, especially with the lowered roof line. The side skirts lead the eye rearwards and into the rear fenders, enhancing the taut appearance even more. In the corners, customers can get theirs with optional 18-inch alloy wheels.

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“The first-generation Hyundai Veloster (pictured on the left) is simpler and rounder in its design, where as the second-generation (pictured right) is more aggressive and sharper. And we like that – it's a move that works well for the segment.”

Step around to the rear of the Veloster, and you’ll find a more technical, detail-heavy design than the first generation. The
first thing that jumps out is the integrated diffuser, which sits prominently at the lower edge of the bumper, complementing the front bumper well. In the middle of the diffuser is the exhaust, with a single outlet used for the base model 2.0-liter and a dual set-up for the Turbo and R-Spec models. Chrome plating is used to add extra bling factor. The taillights wrap around from the rear fenders and get a sweeping set of Y-shaped graphics, plus the option for LED lighting.

Topping it off is a solid selection of exterior paint options, including Ultra Black, Chalk White, Sonic Silver, Thunder Gray, Sunset Orange, Racing Red, and Space Gray. You can also option in a black roof treatment for that two-tone appearance, if desired (we definitely recommend it!).

Interior

  • 2+2 seating arrangement
  • Horizontal dash layout replaces older vertical set-up
  • Checkered background for the gauge cluster
  • Contrasting stitching elements in the upholstery
  • Cloth, cloth and leather, or all-leather options
  • Intake and exhaust sound enhancement feature

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“With the exterior of the Veloster looking a good deal sharper this time around, the interior also gets a redesign that makes it a lot more desirable.”

With the exterior of the Veloster looking a good deal sharper this time around, the interior also gets a redesign that makes it a lot more desirable. While the older model’s 2+2 seating layout is retained, the dash now employs a complementary asymmetric design that emphasizes the driver’s position by placing additional buttons closer to that side of the cockpit. The steering wheel was updated, and now looks smaller and a bit oblong thanks to a much shorter center spoke and lower center line. There’s still nice hand bolsters at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, and the air vents are horizontal, rather than vertical like the first gen.

The center console is also more horizontal now, and no longer set in a “vee” shape like the outgoing model. There’s a two-tier button scheme, with the lower half employed for the climate control and upper portion used for infotainment. The infotainment screen is placed in an upright position on the top of the dash. The gauges look new as well, with a slick checkered background enhancing the car’s sporting intentions.

Go for the the Turbo Ultimate model, and you’ll get a contrasting color scheme that helps to isolate the driver’s position. Further unique colors, materials, and other interior features can be had depending on the trim level picked. In particular we like the red offset against the black in the Turbo model – definitely understated, but effective nonetheless.


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“All models also get Active Sound Design, which supposedly enhances intake and ehxust noises for a more engaging experience. It's a bit like cheating, but don't worry Hyundai – we won't tell anyone.”

Interior materials include either cloth, cloth and leather, or all leather, depending on the trim and options picked. All models also get Active Sound Design, which “enhances intake and exhaust powertrain sound character inside the cabin for a more visceral driving experience, especially during spirited driving.” It’s a bit like cheating, but don’t worry Hyundai – we won’t tell anyone.

Heading the list of updates for the 2019 model year is a wide selection of fresh infotainment and greater connectivity features. Standard spec tosses in the usual goodies, such as AM, FM, and MP3 support, plus a host of auxiliary inputs. Controlling it all is a standard 7.0-inch LCD infotainment screen, but buyers can opt into the 8.0-inch “floating screen” for a little extra outlay. These come with a multi-touch screen plus menu swipe function for easier operation, and offer a good deal of smartphone support as well. There’s Apple Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users, plus the full Apple CarPlay system and Android Auto as well. SiriusXM radio and HD Radio are also part of the package, as is the next-gen Blue Link with LTE connectivity. This comes with three years of complimentary service, offering up features like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door lock and unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link also integrates with your smartwatch for those ultimate James Bond vibes.

The 2019 Veloster is also offered with an optional navigation screen and real-time traffic info, an optional Infinity audio system with eight speakers (including a subwoofer and Clari-Fi sound processing), and an optional Qi wireless charging. That last bit will even send you a notice when your phone is fully charged, plus it’ll remind you to grab it before exiting the vehicle.


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“One of the coolest extras has to be the optional heads-up display, which pops out of the dash as soon as you push a button next the steering wheel. The HUD displays the current road speed, navigation directions, assist system status, and audio system info.”

One of the coolest extras has to be the optional heads-up display, which
pops out of the dash as soon as you push a button next the steering wheel. The HUD displays the current road speed, navigation directions, assist system status (more on the assists in a second), and audio system info. It’ll also adapt to whatever your chosen drive mode may be, with Sport mode offering a focus on performance stuff like engine rpm, road speed, and current transmission gear. Once you’re done with the HUD, push a button, and it’ll recede back into the dash and out of view.

As is tradition for all new cars, the 2019 Veloster comes with a broad selection of safety systems, with features like standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which utilizes a forward-facing camera that can detect a collision before it happens and automatically apply the brakes to lessen the impact, or avoid the collision all together. The camera also provides the Veloster with features like lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, and driver attention warning.

Hyundai also equipped it with a radar system, which enables further safety and convenience features like a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Finally, all models get a standard rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, and a six-airbag protection system in case you really bin it.

Drivetrain

  • Base model gets 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Higher trims get 201-horsepower turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • 1.6-liter comes with overboost function
  • Transmission options include six-speed manual, six-speed auto, and seven-speed DCT
  • Multiple drive modes

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“Delve into the reshaped nose on the 2019 Veloster, and you'll find a few tweaked engine bits to help it perform, both in terms of speed and in terms of efficiency”

Delve into the reshaped nose on the 2019 Veloster, and you’ll find a few tweaked engine bits to help it perform, both in terms of speed and in terms of efficiency. The base model tosses the old model’s 1.6-liter four-banger with a new a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with Atkinson-cycle. Dubbed the Nu 2.0-liter, this unit produces a maximum of 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm, besting the outgoing model’s rather paltry 132 ponies. Standout features for the Nu 2.0-liter include Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an electronic throttle, variable induction, and a new anti-friction cylinder coating material. Go for this powerplant, and you can pair it with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic.

If a little less than 150 horses just won’t cut the mustard for ya, you can option up to the much more exciting Gamma 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Thanks to direct injection and extra atmosphere stuffed into its cylinders, this zippy little ’four makes as much as 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (matching the old turbo’s peak power level) and 195 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. And despite its forced induction aspiration, it also takes regular fuel, prompting Hyundai to claim a best-in-class specific output (125.6 horsepower per liter). There’s even an overboost function that adds a smidgen of extra twist, pumping it up to 202 pound-feet. That’s not a lot, but hey – overboost is always a pretty cool function, don’tcha think?


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“If less than 150 horses doesn't do it for ya, you can option up to the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Thanks to direct injection and extra atmosphere stuffed into its cylinders, this zippy little 'four makes as much as 201 horsepower.”

If you decide to go for the turbo, the transmission options include either a six-speed manual with three pedals, or a seven-speed dual-clutch unit with steering wheel paddle shifters. It should be noted that the dual-clutch transmission option offers a “direct connection” for greater efficiency and “uninterrupted torque transfer” while upshifting, plus a Hillstart Assist Control for easier driving on steep inclines. No more handbrake trick for you.

To make the most of what its got, the Veloster offers pilots a variety of driving modes. These include such self-explanatory titles as Normal, Sport, and Smart, and the different software affects settings for the engine, transmission, and steering.

Finally, if you’re looking for the fastest Veloster on the block, you’ll wanna go with the 275-horsepower N model. Check out our full review here.

Chassis And Handling

  • Four-wheel independent suspension set-up
  • Torque Vector Control as standard
  • Manual transmission will get you 18-inch alloys wrapped in summer rubber
  • Motor-drive electric power steering
  • Quicker steering ratio higher in the line

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“While having a solid amount of go under the hood is always welcome in a sporty little hatchback, it's far more important to have the proper suspension bits in the corners to make the most of it.”

While having a solid amount of go under the hood is always welcome in a sporty little hatchback, it’s far more important to have the proper suspension bits in the corners to make the most of it. To that end, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo model gets a MacPherson strut suspension in front, which includes coils springs, gas shocks, and a stabilizer bar sized at 24 mm. Meanwhile, the rear gets an independent multi-link with a 19 mm stabilizer bar, plus gas shocks.

All models get Torque Vectoring Control, which is an active electronic assistance program that detects wheel slippage via an array of individual wheel sensors. After slippage is detected, the system then applies braking force as needed to the inside front wheel, while also increasing power to the outside wheel, thus enhancing cornering prowess in the process.


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“Go for the Turbo model, and you'll get revised calibration and a faster ratio for extra response when wheeling around in the bends.”

Further turn assist is made by the motor-driven electric power steering system, which gets adjustable electric assist depending on the “driving conditions.” Go for the Turbo model, and you’ll get revised calibration and a faster ratio for extra response when wheeling around in the bends. Opt into the manual transmission, and Hyundai will mount 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires.

Rounding it off is the usual lineup of safety systems, such as Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control. There’s also four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution.

Prices


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Production for the 2019 Hyundai Veloster kicks off in March of this year, with the latest models slated to roll off the line at Hyundai’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea. Look for availability in the U.S. market by the second quarter of 2018.

As for pricing, Hyundai has yet to divulge exact numbers, but we expect a starting figure a little under $20,000, given the current model starts at $18,100.

Competition

Honda Civic Coupe


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While slightly less aggressive than the race-tastic Hyundai Veloster, the Civic still manages to bring the goods in the fun department. The suspension tuning finds a sweet spot between comfort and corner-carving, while myriad engine choices offer up to 180 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque in the 1.5-liter Sport model. FWD is standard, while transmission options include both a manual and a CVT. You can also get yours in a variety of different body styles, including a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. Pricing starts at a Hyundai-matching $18,840.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe.

Mazda3


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Matching FWD agility with an affordable price tag and hatchback practicality is a specialty of the Mazda3, and it shows as soon as you start giving it a little extra gusto in the corners. It all starts with that zoom-zoom-style independent suspension, while engine options include 155 horses from a 2.0-liter ’four in the base model, or 184 horses from a 2.5-liter ’four in the higher trims. Outside is the head-turning good looks of Mazda’s Kodo design language, while the interior is composed of a variety of top-shelf materials. Pricing starts at $18,095.

Read our full review on the 2016-2018 Mazda3.

Conclusion


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Truth be told, we here at TopSpeed love a good hot hatchback, and it would appear as though the 2019 Hyundai Veloster ticks all the important boxes in our list of requirements. We think the new design looks great, offering an aggressive, super-sharp style that’s just right for the segment. We also really like the three-door body style, and the large wheel options as well. The interior equipment is nice, and although the layout is a little too subtle and the 2+2 passenger seating is a bit cramped, it gets the job done all the same. Performance-wise, the Veloster makes it happen with solid suspension bits and the available 200-horsepower powertrain spec.

That said, there are more practical and more refined options on the table, and the Veloster still has some proving to do in the long-run. This is a segment filled with well-established nameplates, and up against the likes of Honda or Mazda, Hyundai is still cementing its position.

Not that it’s a bad choice – quite the opposite, actually. If you’re in the market for a fun, attractive, sporty hatchback, then this is definitely one worthy of checking out.

  • Leave it
    • * More refinement offered elsewhere in the segment
    • * Interior might get a bit cramped with more than 2 passengers
    • * Wouldn’t you rather spring for the go-faster N model?

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster N Isn’t Interested in Nurburgring Titles

The Hyundai Veloster N was a surprise attendee at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. A lot of people weren’t expecting to see it but were thankful anyway when they did.
As the second model to get the N performance treatment, the Veloster N is a lot of things. It’s fast, engaging, and a lot of fun to drive. One thing it isn’t, though, is record-breaking. It’s not breaking any lap records at the Nurburgring because it wasn’t developed to do so. That strategy was intentional because, in Hyundai’s eyes, Nurburgring lap records are “a waste of time.”


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“"We developed it for driving fun, for nice challenging mountain roads or a tiny challenging race track"”

If history has shown us anything, it’s that there are more than enough ways to determine the essence of “fun” when driving a hot hatchback. Some automakers prefer record-breaking speed on the track. Some automakers prefer a more laid-back hot hatch that’s more suitable on the open road.

Based on what Hyundai’s saying, the Veloster N fits more into the latter category. “Driving enjoyment is the whole point of an N car,” Albert Biermann, president and head of Performance Development and High-Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motor Group, told Road and Track. “We developed it for driving fun, for nice challenging mountain roads or a tiny challenging race track. We don’t care about lap times. If you’re going for lap times, the aero settings are different, the suspension setting is different. It’s faster for a professional driver, but it’s not as enjoyable. We don’t care for that. We want many people to enjoy this N experience, people who might not have driven a sporty car before.”

Biermann’s position is valid because the pursuit of record lap times at the ‘Ring is just one aspect of a hot hatch’s appeal. It doesn’t define what the car is capable of when it’s out on the streets or on challenging mountain roads. So in lieu of turning the Veloster N into a Nurburgring conqueror, Hyundai opted to put its focus on giving the hot hatch top-shelf dynamic responsiveness, the kind that makes it easy for customers to play with the car in any type of setting.


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“As alluring as a lap record in the world’s most famous race track sounds, it doesn't define what a hot hatchback should be.”

Some people may not like Hyundai’s approach with the Veloster N, but it is good to see a company that isn’t blinded by the mystique of a Nurburgring lap record. It shows that Hyundai is thinking of bigger and more important things to give to its new hot hatch. As alluring as a lap record in the world’s most famous race track sounds, it doesn’t define what a hot hatchback should be. Drivability, engagement, and enjoyment do.

These aspects can be seen on the road, away from stopwatches and onboard videos. This is where Hyundai put its focus in developing the Veloster N. It’s the absolute right call to make because it sends a statement to the business that there’s more to the Veloster N than the glitz and glamour of a Nurburgring lap record.

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PostHeaderIcon You Can Already Drive The Cool Hyundai Veloster N in Forza Motorsport 7

Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster N is the first high-performance vehicle that the Korean brand will bring to the U.S. But it won’t become available in American showrooms until the fourth quarter of 2018. However, you can already drive the beefed-up hatchback, alongside the Veloster Turbo model, in Forza Motorsport 7 starting January 16.


“Both cars have joined the official roster of drivable vehicles in the game for Xbox and Windows 10 as part of a free downloadable content pack”

Both cars have joined the official roster of drivable vehicles in the game for Xbox and Windows 10 as part of a free downloadable content pack. As with all cars in Forza Motorsport 7, once the Veloster N is in your garage, you can customize it with new wheels, powertrain and suspension upgrades, bespoke tunes, and unique paint schemes and racing liveries. Additional Veloster-related in-game features, including Rivals events, will be unveiled in the future.

Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster N follows in the footsteps of the i30 N with aerodynamic and design upgrades on the outside and a new engine under the hood. The Hatchback packs a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet and uses a six-speed manual transmission, a fully independent suspension, and a performance braking system. The non-N version gets a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle unit with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet in base guise and the previous 2.0-liter turbo with 201 horses and 195 pound-feet in its Turbo version.

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PostHeaderIcon Ant-Man and the Wasp Veloster Proves Hyundai Deserves a Place in the Marvel Universe

The Detroit Auto Show played host to a wide number of debuts and concept vehicles. One car, though, stood out, not only because of its appearance but because of its involvement in one of this year’s biggest blockbuster movies. The car is a 2019 Hyundai Veloster. It’s impossible to miss because it showed up in Detroit dressed in a shiny purple exterior with hot rod flame graphics all over it. More importantly, this particular Veloster will play a role in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits theaters in July this year.


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“This type of cross-promotional partnership has done wonders for Audi and Acura in the past”

It’s not that uncommon for automakers to find their cars in any of Marvel’s films. This type of cross-promotional partnership has done wonders for Audi and Acura in the past. Now it looks like Hyundai’s getting its turn in the spotlight, and I can’t think of a better car to get that shine than the new Hyundai Veloster.

There are probably better Hyundai models to have this role, but the Veloster is the right model to use because the car’s target consumer base — young people with an affinity for excitement — fits right into the same demographic that Marvel traditionally captures in any of its blockbuster movies. The Marvel Cinematic Universe and its growing catalog of movies and shows have become rich environments for automakers looking to attach their brands to large audiences and some of the worlds’ most popular pop-culture icons. It’s a perfect fit for the Hyundai Veloster.

As far as the Veloster’s involvement is concerned, neither Hyundai nor Marvel have given any indication beyond the former saying that the Veloster will prove its “capabilities in serving as the ultimate escape vehicle.” The description doesn’t say much in the way of specifics, but it does hint that the hot hatch will be used in the movie, perhaps by Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), in some kind of chase sequence.


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“The Veloster is the right model to use because the car’s target consumer base — young people with an affinity for excitement”

Whatever the case is, the Hyundai Veloster’s involvement in one of the biggest movies this year is a huge advertising coup for the Korean automaker. Audi, in particular, has reaped the benefits of having a lot of its models, most notably the R8, enjoy prominent screen time in the MCU. Loren Angelo, director of marketing for Audi America, told Automotive News in 2016 that the German automaker’s presence in the MCU contributed to “30 percent increase in the brand’s awareness and opinion metrics” since the R8 first turned up in 2008’s Iron Man.

Now it’s Hyundai’s turn to leverage that opportunity for the new Veloster.


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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster Gets Much-Needed Redesign, but What’s with the Lancer Evo Face?

Launched back in 2011, the Veloster quickly turned from a rather exotic-looking hatchback into the unfortunate, forgotten child of the Hyundai family. The coupe-style three-door gained very few updates during its first generation and there were plenty of rumors that Hyundai was thinking about giving it the axe. But the Koreans eventually decided to keep the nameplate alive brought the redesigned, second-generation model at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

Although far from revolutionary, the Veloster is a fresh take on the design, having borrowed the company’s recent styling language with sportier cues. The front fascia boasts the biggest changes, with more angular headlamps, a larger grille with honeycomb mesh, and an aggressive lower bumper. But while it’s definitely appealing to look at, it reminds me a bit too much of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. I know, they’re far from identical, but the narrow top grille, and angular headlamps that become slimmer toward the center and the way the hood meets with the nose makes me thing Mitsubishi when I look at it.

Continue reading for the full story.

New Tech, Same Turbo Engine


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“The new infotainment system features standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay”

Fortunately, the rear still has that authentic Veloster vibe to it and the diffuser and center exhaust on the Turbo model gives it a menacing stance. The asymmetrical layout with two doors on the passenger side was carried over.

The interior is also brand-new and looks modern and fresh (although I must say I still like the first-gen V-shaped center stack and dashboard). The new infotainment system with the seven-inch display features standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and the options list includes SiriusXM Radio and next-gen Blue Link LTE-powered connectivity. The optional eight-inch display includes all of the above plus HD radio, smartphone integration, and an Infinity premium audio system. A heads-up display system is also available.


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“Two engines are offered, starting with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-pot rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque”

Two engines are offered, starting with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-pot rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It might not sound like much, but it’s a 15-horsepower and 12-pound-foot increase over the outgoing 1.6-liter mill. More powerful comes from the turbocharge, 1.6-liter GDI unit with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet. If it’s sounds familiar, it’s because I’m talking about the same engine in the outgoing model. A bit disappointing, don’t you think? However, Hyndai says that the new Veloster will have better handling. And the bigger news is that we’re getting a higher performance N model in the U.S.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Keeps Teasing The New Veloster

First hitting North American shores back in 2011, the Veloster is Hyundai’s sporty little three-door hatchback, offering a nice combination of fun and practicality in a modestly affordable package. Now, there’s an updated model just over the horizon and Hyundai is teasing it big time, with the latest refresh shown in a brief 15-second clip composed of quick shots of the front and rear panned against a shadowy background.

Although brief, the video does seem to reveal that the 2019 model year won’t be a huge break from what we’ve seen before, with the updates mostly centered on bringing the Veloster’s aesthetics up to par with the rest of the automaker’s current lineup. There’s still a three-door body style, with one door for the driver and two for the passenger side, plus a low stance and bubbly profile. However, Hyundai does mention that the A-pillars were moved rearwards to give the car a longer look.

Draped over the body panels, we find a blazing orange paint job, although black was also added to the top portions of the car, suggesting a two-tone paint scheme above the window line. In front, the fascia gains a sharper headlight design, with lower daytime running light accents set in LEDs. The central intake uses a hexagonal shape, and there’s a lower splitter element acting as underspoiler for the chin. Smaller side intakes were added to the bumper corners, and while they don’t look functional, they still lend the thing a cool design element thanks to their upward-swinging wing pieces.

In the corners, the wheels use an aggressive turbine design, while higher up, there are decently flared fenders. There’s also a few character lines stretching up into the profile, while black offsets are used for the side skirts and side-view mirrors.

The rear end gets a chunky bumper design with a center-mounted dual-tip exhaust, while the hatch gets a roof spoiler. The rear bumper also comes with a diffuser element for added aero points. Finally, a new taillight design wraps up into the flanks.

In terms of the oily details, expect a front-mounted 1.6-liter engine, turbocharged to produce 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Once again, muscle is routed exclusively to the front axle.

Look for a full reveal of the 2019 model year Hyundai Veloster next week at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster Spotted in the Wild

Six years after it was first introduced, the Hyundai Veloster is officially getting a second-generation model. We already know about this bit. We’ve even seen it rock colorful camouflage as recently as a month ago. But we haven’t seen the all-new Veloster in its natural form, free from any camo that hides its body. Until now…

“It’s not a full-blown improvement from the previous-generation model, but it does have a more rounded design”

Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the new Hyundai Veloster. It’s not a full-blown improvement from the previous-generation model, but it does have a more rounded design that could appeal to buyers who were turned off by the last model’s quirkiness. The design of the front section is vastly different. The headlights are smaller and feature a different set of LED daytime running lights. Hyundai also removed the smiley-face grille from the previous-generation model, replacing it with a more traditional hexagon grille. My only complaint is that the grille looks a too big for the Veloster. Look how it completely dominates the real estate space in this section of the hatchback. It takes attention away from the new number and the vertical air intakes, two of the better aesthetic features of the new Veloster.

The rear section looks better than the previous version. The taillights look sharper and edgier. The rear bumper still rides high and appears to protrude from the tailgate. It’s a good aesthetic to look at from the outside, but the drawback to the bumper riding so high is that the window at the back looks ridiculously small. How can you see clearly with that small of a window?

“The 2019 Veloster will be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show this coming January.”

Aesthetics aside, the next-gen Veloster is tipped to carry a pair of turbocharged engines — a 1.4-liter and a 1.6-liter — each to be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There’s no word on how much power these two mills will carry, but we’ll know soon enough because the 2019 Veloster will be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show this coming January.

The early returns look promising. Now we wait to see if the hatchback really is as good as we think it’s going to be.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster N

Introduced in 2011, the Hyundai Veloster replaced the Tiburon (known as the Coupe in other markets) in the United States. Essentially a hybrid between a hatchback and a coupe, the Veloster is available in a three-door configuration only and uses small-displacement four-cylinder engines exclusively. Offered in base and Turbo trim, the Veloster can now be ordered with the N upgrade following its second-generation redesign. The higher-performance variant crafted by the still-new N division is the first beefed-up Hyundai offered in the U.S.

Previewed by a series of concept cars with mid-engined configurations, the high-performance Veloster debuted alongside the standard hatchback at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Both boast sportier styling, new technology, and improved engines, but the N model also sports a number of aggressive aerodynamic updates, exclusive features inside the cabin, and turbocharged engine powerful enough to give the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST a run for their money.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Veloster N.

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster Concept By Gurnade

Lately, Hyundai hasn’t been holding anything back in its efforts to build up a little extra performance cred. Late last month at the Paris Motor Show, we got a look at the RN30, a race-ready hatchback based on the i30 that’s simply begging for a street-legal production model. With the Paris Motor Show now come and gone, the South Korean brand is shifting its focus to Las Vegas for the annual SEMA Show. Last week, we got our first taste of what Hyundai will be bringing to the desert with the absurdly awesome Santa Fast by Bisimoto, and now, it appears as though there’ll be a modded Veloster hatchback in attendance as well. This latest creation is simply called the Veloster Concept by Gurnade, and it’s got a slew of upgrades that are sure to please the SEMA crowd, including a slammed stance, custom exterior styling, and a few extra ponies under the hood.

In case you were unaware, Gurnade is an automotive design and concept rendering company based out of Austin, Texas. “Gurnade has always been drawn to the uniquely aggressive lines of the production Veloster. So when Hyundai approached us with the opportunity to develop one of their vehicles for SEMA, we didn’t hesitate to create the Gurnade Veloster Concept,” says Joshua Cloud, owner of Gurnade, Inc.

As you might expect, the Veloster Concept is primarily focused on show over go, but it’s still an interesting package for fans of the South Korean brand’s sporty little three-door. Read on for all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster Turbo By Blood Type Racing

Since 2011, the Hyundai Veloster has been a regular fixture at the SEMA Auto Show, providing a base for some truly memorable custom builds. Remember the 2012 Veloster “Velocity” Concept? How about the 2013 Night Racer Concept by EGR Group? Oh, and let’s not forget about the Veloster Zombie Survival Machine by Galpin Auto Sports! This year, a variety of custom Velosters are once again ready to take center stage at SEMA. One example comes from Blood Type Racing.

In many ways, this particular Veloster fits the criteria of what a SEMA-bound vehicle should be. It comes with a dramatic exterior that highlights the car’s aggressive side. It also has a tuned version of the standard 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. Most importantly, it showcases what an aftermarket company can accomplish with the right vision.

Blood Type Racing’s Hyundai Veloster Turbo is one of several Hyundai vehicles slated to debut at the 2015 SEMA Auto Show, which kicks off November 3rd.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster RM15

The Veloster debuted in 2012 with a 138-horsepower engine that just didn’t quite match up with its sporty looks. In the following year, Hyundai made up for this with the 2013 Turbo model that made use of a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that delivered 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Even with the new Turbo model, the hatchback still left a lot to be desired, but a new mid-engine concept, dubbed the 2015 Veloster RM15, shows the full potential of the sporty Korean hatchback.

The name, Racing Midship, implies that Hyundai developed this concept as a racecar, but there is no other mention of this being a track-only car. Therefore, I believe that this concept will act as a gauge to see just how interested buyers would be in a mid-engine performance Veloster. I, for one, am intrigued by the concept, but I am not too sure how much of it would actually make it to the production line even if there is enough interest.

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Hyundai Veloster RM15 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 6 April 2015 08:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster

Introduced in 2011 as a spiritual successor to the Tiburon coupe, the Veloster quickly made a name for itself as a budget compact coupe with hatchback practicality. But although it had distinctive styling and efficient engines, and came with lots of features for the money, it was criticized for its underpowered base engine, limited rear-seat access, and harsh ride. After four years on the market, the first-generation Veloster finally received its mid-cycle update. Set to arrive in dealerships for the 2016 model year, the facelifted hatchback is far from being a significant improvement over the 2015 car.

In fact, the updates are rather disappointing for a vehicle that’s been around for four years. Sure, it’s not like Hyundai has set any benchmarks with its past facelifts, but remaining competitive in a segment that also includes the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus requires more than just a few nips and tucks. Keep reading to find out what’s new on the 2016 Veloster and how it stacks up against its most important rivals.

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Hyundai Veloster originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 16 February 2015 14:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

To grab a piece of the hatchback market, Hyundai used its FS platform, which also underpins the Kia Forte and Pro cee’d, to launch the Veloster for the 2012 model year. In 2013, the Veloster Turbo arrived as an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. Although it failed to impress against such stiff competition, the Turbo only received a mild facelift and a new, seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

But while the standard Turbo and the R-Spec model carried over mostly unchanged as far as underpinnings go, Hyundai used the Veloster’s facelift to introduce an all-new trim level. Dubbed the Rally Edition, this hatch is essentially a Turbo R-Spec model fitted with a host of chassis and body upgrades, making it the sportiest member of the Veloster family as of 2016.

Don’t let the name fool you though, this hatch is far from being a rally car for the road, and it’s in no way related to the i30 WRC. However, it’s the company’s best attempt yet at creating a competitor for the Golf GTI, and for Hyundai, a step toward becoming a more important player in the segment.

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Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 16 February 2015 09:00 EST.

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