All-New Hyundai Veloster Is Still Quirky And That’s Good [93 Pics+Video]

Hyundai revealed the new generation of the Veloster at the Detroit Auto Show, bringing a fresh design to match its quirky bodystyle.

The new Hyundai Veloster feature the same, two-plus-one configuration known from its predecessor, having an additional passenger rear door for easier rear-seat access. The front end is dominated by the bold new grille design while the rear end features a big diffuser with twin tailpipes coming out of the middle.

Base Veloster models will be available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque that’s paired to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

Go for the faster Veloster Turbo and then you get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 201hp and 195lb-ft of torque. There’s an overboost function too, which raised peak torque to 202lb-ft. Customers will be able to choose between a manual six-speed or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

All models of the new Hyundai Veloster come with Torque Vectoring Control, which operates through the electronic stability control and wheel-speed sensors to apply precise braking in order to improve handling.

Turbo models also get a quicker-ratio steering rack with revised calibration to match the higher performance. The new Veloster Turbo also gets a 24mm front stabilizer bar with the rear multilink suspension featuring a 19mm stabilizer bar to further control body roll.

The range of driver-assist systems includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist for the available LED headlights, and Driver Attention Warning.

Inside, the new Hyundai Veloster comes with an eight-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, rearview camera, wireless charging for mobile devices, a head-up display and the company’s Blue Link connected services.

Production of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster begins this March in Korea, with the first US-spec cars to become available during the second quarter of 2018.

Article updated with images from the Detroit show

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  • Nordschleife

    Looks better than the previous one to me.

  • Toronado_II

    Nope…

  • WG

    This looks good, but it seems like there are plenty of hard plastic surrounding the interior, especially in the door panel area.

  • ediotsavant

    They botched it just like the revise Elantra and Sonata.

    • Jason Miller

      Your opinion of course.

    • bd

      While agree not an improvement on the outgoing Veloster (which wasn’t great to begin with), the current Elantra and Sonata (after the facelift) are better-looking than the previous gen.

      The i30 looks better (esp. in N-form).

      Too bad Hyundai didn’t bring the RN30 to production.

  • Six Thousand Times

    This thing never made sense to me.

  • eb110americana

    I always liked the Veloster for its unique 1+2 door arrangement, and now it looks much more slick (especially the rear, which was always an eyesore). I love the fender sculpting, as it adds a lot to the car. The interior, particularly the doors, does look unfortunately plasticy. Here’s hoping the new model drives better than the old one, as it was a hot hatch that drove like an econobox (Versa and the like).

  • diesel_vdub

    Like the outside, interior is nice but I’ve never been a fan of the tablet stuck on the dash for infotainment.

    • PK

      gotta get use to the tablet screen. it’s a trend now for most of the new automobiles now.

    • Six_Tymes

      i agree. I will never buy any car with an LCD screen sticking out like a wart.

    • bd

      Many auto-makers do it these days, including the Germans.

      For smaller models, keeps the screen closer to eye-level without having the entire dash taking more space (which lends to a claustrophobic cabin).

  • krusshall

    Kona will probably sell 10-to-1 on this Veloster. I don’t see the demand for a gen 2.

    • Braddo

      Kona not getting great reviews though…. so i doubt it

      • bd

        Gotten good enough reviews overseas.

        Plus, in all likelihood, we’ll see a Kona-N (already confirmed getting the Tucson-N).

  • 31/12/2999

    Very beautiful, I will buy the N performance version.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    don’t axe it after 4 years

  • i30N for Americans in shape of Veloster N. Rejoice!

  • Craig
  • It starts normal at the front, then it gets weird and it ends really weird. 🙂

    But kudos to Hyundai for trying something different.

  • lagunas3ca

    Nice HUD and new M5 seats.

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