Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Veloster delivers performance and new features

16 January, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster: Taking A Closer Look

Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with up to 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The stability control system is tuned for sporty driving.

Korean site TopRider (sent to our attention by tipster GT) appears to not only have a clear - if somewhat low-res - image of the standard Veloster, in red with a black roof, but a shot of the high-performance Veloster N as well. We'll find out more when the Veloster goes on sale sometime in the second quarter of this year.

Hyundai claims the Veloster's profile is also sharper with more pronounced wheel arches at either end while the A-pillar has been placed further rearward to give it a sportier stance. The target is clearly VW's Golf which, if you've not been keeping abreast of hot-hatches, in 2018 form has 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. After more than a year of saying that the automaker's N performance brand wasn't going to arrive in the United States of America anytime soon-being primarily targeted at European markets-Hyundai hit its fans with a thunderous surprise: the sound of growling exhaust system on the brand-new Hyundai Veloster N. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts.

Along with a rear-strut-brace, there's an adaptive suspension with different selectable modes, including a track-oriented "N" setting. The N Corner Carving Differential improves launch performance, reduces acceleration slip understeer and increases maximum cornering speed via precise torque-vectoring. Alternatively, there are normal, sport, eco, and N custom modes. You can upgrade the brakes to massive 13.6-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotors, to boot.

In addition, Velosters with manual gearboxes - for some reason it seems the DCT doesn't have this option - are able to be fitted with 18-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4.

To distinguish it from the regular Veloster on the road, the Veloster N packs an N-design fascia and grille, dedicated brake-cooling air ducts, rocker side sills, and a large rear spoiler. Equipped with a seven-inch LCD infotainment screen, the Veloster boasts a full suite of connectivity features, including standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A heads-up display is available, showing things like speed, navigation directions, lane departure warnings, engine RPM, and transmission gear.

The Veloster N throws in exclusive cloth sports seats and an N-design wheel, shift knob, door sill plates, and a special instrument cluster.

Disappointed that the Hyundai I30 N won't be making to the USA? Hyundai hasn't detailed the differences between these trims or announced pricing, but we expect that info well before the 2019 Veloster's on-sale date of spring 2018.

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