Hyundai unveiled its all-new Veloster at the North American International Auto Show. The fresh design was a collaborative effort of Hyundai designers from Seoul, South Korea and the U.S. design center in Irvine, California. The new Veloster features a comprehensive exterior and interior redesign, powertrain enhancements, and a bevy of new and improved infotainment and connectivity features. The 2019 Veloster begins production in March 2018 in Ulsan, Korea, with U.S. market availability in the second quarter of 2018.
The Veloster merges the design appeal of a sport coupe with the versatility of an additional passenger side rear door in an asymmetrical two-plus-one configuration for easier rear-seat access. From the front, available LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights flank a striking new grille design. Functional air curtains add both a visual design cue and an active aerodynamic function. Hyundai's signature cascade grille shape has morphed into a strong, three-dimensional design that sets the sport coupe apart. The roofline has been lowered for a unique profile and a distinctive coupe-inspired essence. The fender line is also more coupe-like, and the rear now has a more aggressive integrated diffuser design.
The asymmetrical design carries through to the interior, with a driver-focused interior layout and on the Turbo Ultimate, a contrasting color environment that visually separates the driving cockpit. Each trim level has unique colors, materials, and accents, further differentiating each model with varying hues and textures.
At the heart of the all new Hyundai Veloster is a 2.0-litre inline-four petrol engine that churns out 144 bhp of max power and 178 NM of peak torque, mated to a 6-Speed manual or a 6-Speed automatic. While the more powerful Turbo variant, with its 1.6-liter turbo-charged engine puts out maximum power output of 198 bhp and peak torque of 264 NM, mated to a 6-Speed manual or a 7-Speed dual-clutch gearbox.