2019 Hyundai Veloster: New 2nd Gen Model Priced From $19,385, Turbo From $23,785

Hyundai has announced the pricing and range details of the all-new Veloster which retains its unusual two-plus-one door configuration and now promises more fun to be had behind its steering wheel than before.

The new Hyundai Veloster’s design was a collaboration between the company’s designers in South Korea and California, targeting a younger audience that values expressive looks and involving dynamics.

The first US-spec examples of the new Hyundai Veloster are expected to reach the market in the second quarter of this year, with prices kicking off at $19,385 for the base 2.0-liter manual version and at $23,785 for the manual Turbo model (prices include a $885 freight charge).

Base Veloster models are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that makes 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque. Customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The more powerful Turbo models use the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 201hp and 195lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard fit, with Hyundai also offering a seven-speed dual-clutch unit with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The faster derivative of the new Hyundai Veloster -until the Veloster N‘s arrival- also features a more aggressive setup, with specific springs, dampers and a pair of fatter stabilizer bars front and rear to further improve body control. The new Veloster Turbo also benefits from a quicker steering ratio and a revised steering calibration.

All Veloster models come with Torque Vectoring Control (VTC), which works through the electronic stability control (ESC) and powertrain control systems. The VTC uses wheel-speed sensors with specific ESC algorithms in order to apply precise braking force to the inside front wheel during fast driving. This allows power to be redirected to the outside wheel, reducing wheel spin and enhancing grip and acceleration at corner exits.

As standard, all Veloster models get a wide range of active safety systems including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist and more.

The premium infotainment system features Android Auto and Apple Car Play as standard, as well as a seven-inch display. A bigger, eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the options list, together with SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio and the latest Blue-Link LTE-powered connectivity features.

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  • Dr Strangefingger

    I thought this was a Ford at first glance.

    • jfalckt

      No no no, this is a car not a truck.

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Oh, that’s right… silly me.

  • Jason Miller

    They are actually hitting dealers right now.

  • Kyle Newberry

    I will never understand why you put the 3rd door on the passenger side instead of the drivers. It would make this far more appealing.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      What? Why?

      For countries that are LHD, you would want the door facing the curb. Also, the front passenger could more easily adjust their seat for additional space in the rear compared to the driver.

      • Kyle Newberry

        Most people I know that have sedans put things in the seat behind the drivers. It’s far easier than walking all the way round. The times you need it by the curb are few, and even then, I’d rather use the hatch.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          The driver’s door is longer than the passenger’s door. When you open it, you have access to the rear seat.

          • Kyle Newberry

            True, but things like putting the guitar back there and larger things become a pain, (although better with a hatch).

  • bd0007

    The base and 1.6T should have considerably better driving dynamics than the outgoing Veloster and the N variant should be a good as the i30N; just too bad that the sheetmetal isn’t any better.

  • Enter Ranting

    Waaaaaaaay too much styling on this little thing, inside and out. Needs some serious editing.

  • Enter Ranting

    I really hate that rope lights-a-rama look. It’s like a cheap aftermarket Pep Boys purchase.

  • Mill0048

    I would love to own one of these in Turbo trim. Or N trim if it comes out. The first gen was a fun and sharp driving car.

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