The Hyundai Veloster introduced at the NAIAS (North American I’Nat Auto Show) is 2019 model year with a comprehensive exterior and interior redesign, powertrain enhancements, and a bevy of new and improved infotainment and connectivity features.
In looks, the Veloster takes up its familiar sport coupe design with the versatility of an additional passenger side rear door in an asymmetrical two-plus-one configuration.
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.
Profile-wise, the coupe 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. Available 18-inch alloy wheels aggressively fill the wheelhouse openings. Further, the roofline has been lowered for a unique profile and a distinctive coupe-inspired essence. The fender line is also more coupe-like.
From the rear, a more aggressive integrated diffuser design. Available LED rearlights help complete the rear view with a high-tech appearance. Also available is a full darkened roof treatment for a high-contrast performance appearance. Veloster’s dynamic rear design has a distinctive glass hatch and center-fascia chrome exhaust tips, with a single outlet for the 2.0-liter model and dual-outlets for Turbo and R-Spec models.
The coupe’s interior gets 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. In addition to these new colors and textures, the 2019 Veloster also offers generous rear cargo capacity, with a somewhat decent-sized boot space.
Two engine options are available the 147 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, or the 201 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged, with an over-boost function. The Veloster Turbo is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). Also available is R-Spec manual transmission models, which has a B&M Racing sport shifter (available later). All A/T and DCT models offer three selectable driving modes, including Normal, Sport and Smart, (Normal and Sport on M/T models), according to driver preferences for engine, transmission and steering feel. The Smart mode varies within the range of settings according to how the vehicle is currently being driven (such as in an economical or a more spirited manner). For Turbo models, driver preference for Active Engine Sound is also available.
All your usual drivers assistance systems and safety features are available with the 2019 Veloster.
The 2019 Veloster began production in March 2018 in Ulsan, Korea, with U.S. market availability in the second quarter of 2018. Price starts from $18,500.