Hyundai Surprises Detroit with N Performance Brand Arrival in USA

Hyundai Veloster redesigned for 2019 – but it's still quirky

2019 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo

To help it stand out from the other Veloster models, the Veloster N gets a unique front fascia with a sportier grille and large front air ducts. The Veloster N is the second model to emerge from Hyundai's new performance division, and the first to be sold in the US.

Both regular Veloster variants will be available with either a six-speed manual or an automatic; a six-speed auto in the Veloster and a seven-speed dual-clutch in the SR Turbo.

In the base auto, which is likely to carry over simply being called Veloster, the engine produces 110kW and 180Nm and can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

Standard multi-link rear-suspension across the range further bolsters the Veloster's dynamic potential, aided by local suspension tuning and stronger, more powerful engines.

The South Korean auto maker pulled the curtains back on its second-generation Veloster coupe at the 2018 Detroit motor show, confirming it will make a cameo appearance in the next instalment of the Marvel superhero series, Ant Man vs the Wasp, as the vehicle of choice for the tiniest hero on the planet. The engine is a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged one. You may want to take a look at the new standard Veloster and Veloster Turbo (above).

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The Veloster is a more interesting aesthetic starting point than the I30 hatchback, so the N makeover is less dramatic this time around.

The Turbo model actually uses a smaller 1.6-liter engine with 201 hp at 6,000 rpm (estimated) and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1,500-4,500 rpm (estimated). We'll find out more when the Veloster goes on sale sometime in the second quarter of this year. The stability control system is tuned for sporty driving.

The Hyundai gets a short-throw, close-ratio six speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching, and a sport exhaust system which allows for some over-run crackle during upshifts and downshifts. And while the rear is redone with an interesting glass hatch door, the Veloster does keep the cool centered chrome exhaust tips: a single outlet for the 2.0-liter and dual outlets for Turbo and R-Spec models. Standard Veloster N brake rotors are 13.0 inches in the front and 11.8 inches in the rear.

Along with a rear-strut-brace, there's an adaptive suspension with different selectable modes, including a track-oriented "N" setting. Qi wireless charging is available, as is an eight-inch infotainment display.

N INTERIOR DESIGN On the inside, Veloster N offers exclusive N-design front cloth sport seats with performance-focused bolstering, N-design steering wheel, shift knob, N-logo door sill plates, and N-design instrument cluster. In fact, it seems that this design change may be in anticipation of Hyundai's proper entry into performance hatchery.

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