The Veloster is a coupe first released back in 2007 as a concept. The car went into production 5 years later with minimal changes. This means that the model currently on sale doesn’t really look up to date. Even so it still sells relatively well mostly thanks to its really unusual design. Despite being sold as a coupe, the car is basically a hatchback with 4 doors. There is one door on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side and the fourth is actually the tailgate. It seems a successor is on its way and this is expected to launch in the upcoming year. With it an entirely new version will also be released with the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. This is going to be the car’s high performance version and things look promising so far.
Like its predecessor, the new Veloster is expected to be based on the same chassis as the ongoing i20. This may be rather surprising for many but Hyundai decided to take this route in the past thanks to the car’s short wheelbase and really modular platform. The new car looks to be mostly the same as the i20 in terms of length. However, it features a wider track width which was also true for its predecessor.
The engine on the other hand is more than likely going to be shared with the new i30N but more on that later. There is still no word on the pricing of the future 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. Despite that it seems the car may cost in excess of $25,000. At this price point it would face really stiff competition from rivals like the Fiesta ST and the future RS so it remains to be seen if it will actually be successful.
2019 Hyundai Veloster N Design
The current model of the car boasts a really unusual design similar to Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe. It looks like this will no longer be the case with the upcoming model. The camouflaged prototype seen a while ago seems to boast a similar front end to the i20 but it features a much larger grille. It looks like Hyundai will use a hexagonal honeycomb mesh grille that will span the entire front end. The headlights seem to be quite slim and at least the camouflaged car had HID main beams and LED DRLs.
The bumper seems close to the i20 but it has a larger splitter as well as different fog-lamp housings. The rear of the new Veloster was unfortunately fully covered. However, it seems that the car won’t really keep the shape of its predecessor. Instead it will look more like a hatchback than before. Also expect it to boast a roof spoiler and a dual exhaust system that will flank a small diffuser. The car spied a while ago also had massive 18 inch rims wrapped in high performance tires as well as it had massive brakes, considerably larger than on the current model.
Here the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster N is expected to share a good part of its cabin with the smaller i20. The car will likely feature roughly the same seating arrangement and the same trunk size.
However, the seats should be vastly improved over most of Hyundai’s cars while the actual features offered on the base model will be similar to a range-topping i20. The car will also feature things currently unavailable on some of their other cars such as a dynamic suspension system which should improve the comfort and also the car’s capabilities on a track.
Hyundai Veloster N Specs
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||inline 4|
|Power/torque||280 hp/270 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||5.5 sec.|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|Competitors:Volkswagen Golf GTi,Ford Focus ST|
The Engine of Hyundai Veloster N
The car will boast a newly developed 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4 gasoline engine that will also be used on the i30N. This is a direct injected powerplant which should be capable of developing north of 271 horsepower and well over 270 lb-ft of torque.
The interesting part is the fact that the car will only be available as a front wheel drive model. On top of that, it seems a manual is not going to be part of the options offered on it. The car will be offered solely with an 8 speed dual-clutch which should still be more than enough for many. Unfortunately the hatchback enthusiasts are likely going to pass on the new Veloster due to its missing the essential manual transmission which is sought after by many.