Hyundai introduced the second-generation Veloster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and brought in on stage with a couple interesting announcements.
Designed in collaboration between studios in Korea and California, the all-new Veloster is instantly recognizable in profile, though it is more muscular with tweaks to the front and rear ends. The new generation is bigger outside and inside, and it still features the rear door on the right side of the vehicle.
“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, Hyundai Motor America vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning. “When combined with Hyundai’s outstanding value and efficiency, the new Veloster is sure to attract a progressive new group of enthusiast buyers.”
Power will come from a 147-hp 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine, or on the Turbo by a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-litre “four.” The standard transmission on both is a 6-speed manual, with the base Veloster available with a 6-speed automatic and the Turbo getting an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both models will hit showrooms in the second quarter of 2018.
Veloster will also debut the first high-performance N model in North America, available in the fourth quarter of 2018, powered by a 275hp 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder, linked to a 6-speed manual only. The Veloster N is differentiated from its stablemates by added-on aerodynamic bodywork, such as a high rear spoiler and larger air intakes.
“Veloster N takes Hyundai to a new level of purchase consideration for true driving enthusiasts,” said Albert Biermann, Hyundai Motor Group president and head of Performance Development and High-Performance Vehicle Division. “The Veloster N is another example of Hyundai Motor's capabilities, creating an exciting sports car with thrilling dynamics combined with a compelling affordability equation as key to the N high-performance concept.”
In keeping with the previous generation’s debut, the all-new Veloster Turbo and Veloster N will be launched online, already available for test drives on racetracks around the world in the Forza Motorsport 7 universe.
The other big debut will come July 6, when A distinctive flame-liveried, dual-side-pipe Veloster will share the silver screen with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, among other stars, in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp superhero film from Marvel. Veloster will reportedly be thrust into action in a prolonged chase scene, while other Hyundai vehicles will also get screen time.