Hyundai adds pizzazz to Veloster, keeps its weird doors


Designed with input from studios in Seoul, South Korea, and Irvine, Cal., the Veloster hatchback retains its distinctive "two-plus-one" doors, with a third behind the front passenger for easier access to the rear seat. The two-plus-one hatchback's overall profile and proportions are similar to the outgoing model, but modernized.

Hyundai says the 2019 Veloster and Veloster Turbo will go on sale in the USA in Q2 2018; pricing will be revealed closer to release. It puts out up to 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The Veloster Turbo pairs that with a quicker ratio on the steering rack, and revised steering calibration.

The South Korean auto maker pulled the curtains back on its second-generation Veloster coupe at the 2018 Detroit motor show, confirming it will make a cameo appearance in the next instalment of the Marvel superhero series, Ant Man vs the Wasp, as the vehicle of choice for the tiniest hero on the planet. For the power hungry, the Turbo will come with the direct-injected 1.6-liter Gamma four that delivers 201 hp and 195 lb-ft on 87 octane fuel with an additional seven lb-ft available on overboost. Selectable drive modes alter programming for engine, transmission, and steering feel in both turbo and non-turbo models alike. The Veloster N marks the debut of the highly-anticipated effort by Hyundai to develop a reputation for high-performance vehicles.

The rear of the Veloster N sports a larger N-design rear spoiler, rear fascia design with integrated diffuser, and performance-diameter, high-flow dual exhaust.

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A heads-up display is also available, which further improves the Veloster's tech-driven and sporty character.

Visually, the N is more aggressive than the regular Veloster, wearing optional N-exclusive Performance Blue paint and bright red trim sprinkled like tinsel throughout the exterior. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts. Adaptive suspension at each end and an electronically controlled limited slip differential are standard control features. 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. A 7.0-inch infotainment system is standard, but an 8.0-inch is available-Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on both setups. Wireless smartphone charging is also on offer. The blue accent theme is carried through, and there's a progressive sequential shift indicator.

Finally, after years of development and careful planning, it looks like Hyundai is bringing its brand new N performance division to the States.