Since launching in 2011, the Hyundai Veloster has always been seen as a bit of a quirky model. The three-door hatchback gained a bit of a following over the years, but Hyundai would certainly like to attract more people to this little car. With added maturity in the design, new features and more power, more people may now take notice.
The Veloster redesign is certainly overdue, but it appears it has been worth the wait. Hyundai designers have smoothed out the surfacing of the entire body design and incorporated a lower, sleeker greenhouse. The new look is more coupe-like than hatchback, which should have a broader appeal.
Despite the new design, the Veloster’s trademark three-door layout remains in tow, satisfying purist who have found the novel concept a source of practicality.
Inside is a similar story to the exterior. Designers have cleaned up the interior and added more style than the outgoing version, such as bright accent colors. The bigger story inside though is the addition of more technology, including the latest version of Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment system.
For the first time ever, Veloster is gaining other modern amenities, such as auto high beams, LED headlights, lane-keep assist and more active safety features.
Base Veloster will be powered by Hyundai’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Those wanting more juice can opt for the Veloster Turbo, which is powered by a 201 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo that also twists out 195 pound-feet of torque. Turbo models are fitted with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Of course, that isn’t all. Hyundai has also surprised us all with the reveal of the 275 horsepower Veloster N performance model.
Hyundai says to expect the 2019 Veloster to find its way into dealerships this summer.