All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster Revealed… expected here in September
The all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo were revealed overnight at the Detroit Motor Show and are expected here in September.
LIKE THE KONA, Hyundai says the all-new Veloster was a design collaboration between designer in Korea and California. And while the new Veloster takes cues from the new i30, it retains its quirky three-door layout. Production is set for March in Korea with Australia deliveries expected in the second-half of this year.
Read all about the Hyundai Veloster N HERE.
“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, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America.
“When combined with Hyundai’s outstanding value and efficiency, the new Veloster is sure to attract a progressive new group of enthusiast buyers.”
At the front there’s a new headlight, grille and front-end design with the Veloster now wearing Hyundai’s updated cascade grille as seen on i30. Hyundai described the design tweaks like this, “Much of the redesign is derived from enhanced proportions and volume; the new shape clearly conveys focused dynamic performance, even standing still. Its stance is more muscular, with higher-volume fenders and wheel arches for a more planted appearance. The cowl point and A-pillar are further rearward and now connect the hood line and belt line into an integrated, powerful gesture”.
Two engines will be available, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder making 110kW at 6200rpm and 179Nm of torque at 4500rpm, this will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Variants with the 2.0L engine will have a single-tip exhaust. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine offers 150kW at 600rpm and 264Nm from 1500-4500rpm; there’s an overboost function that bumps torque to 274Nm under hard acceleration. Veloster Turbo is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT); it’s likely Australian cars will only get a DCT.
Some electro-trickery helps to enhance the exhaust note inside the cabin, while Turbo models also get three selectable driving modes, including Normal, Sport and Smart, which tweak engine, transmission and steering feel.
All Velosters will offer torque vectoring which combines the stability control with powertrain control systems to minimise understeer when cornering hard. Veloster Turbo gets a quicker steering rack, with local tuning already finished on Veloster and Veloster Turbo meaning that Australian cars will get a bespoke suspension and steering set up.
Veloster offers the Hyundai active safety suite, including standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera to detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimise damage by braking autonomously. As well as Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA) for the available LED headlights, and Driver Attention Warning (DAW). All Veloster models feature a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. All Veloster models feature six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags.
The infotainment system has been beefed up with smartphone connectivity, native sat-nav and, like the Kona, a head-up display which projects onto a transparent panel behind the steering wheel. It can either be used or stowed into the dash. Wireless smartphone charging is also on offer.
Hyundai hasn’t released local pricing or specifications yet, but we’d expect the new Veloster, despite getting more of everything compared to the old model, to be very close to it in pricing. Stay tuned for more information.