New Hyundai Veloster range sports evolutionary styling and a stove hot 202kW Veloster N
Hyundai has lifted the lid on its second generation Veloster, the quirky sports car renowned for two doors on one side, and a single door on the other.
The all new Hyundai Veloster continues this tradition, but blends the three door design with Hyundai’s new design language. The cabin is also more spacious and there are LED lights front and rear.
Three engine choices will be available: a naturally aspirated 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit that develops 110kW at 6,200 rpm and 179Nm at 4,500 rpm. The base engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic.
Next up in the engine range is Hyundai’s tried and tested 1.6 litre turbo engine. In the new Veloster the motor puts out 150kW at 6,000 rpm (estimated) and 264Nm. of torque from 1,500-4,500 rpm (estimated). An overboost function increases torque to 274Nm under maximum acceleration. Velosters fitted with the 1.6 litre turbo motor can be had with a six-speed manual or Hyundai’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with flappy paddles.
In a first for the Veloster, Hyundai has equipped turbo versions of its new sports car with something called Active Sound Design, which essentially enhances the car’s engine noise through its sound system. A similar set up can be found in the Veloster’s cousins, the Kia Optima GT and Stinger.
Finally, sitting at the top of the Veloster tree is the all-new Hyundai Veloster N. The second model in Hyundai’s N line-up, the Veloster N will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine that will chuck out 202kW at 6,000 rpm and a beefy 353Nm of torque from 1,450-4,700 rpm.
A short-throw six-speed manual will be the only transmission available on the Veloster N.
All new Hyundai Veloster models will get torque vectoring as standard for sharper handling, and Veloster Turbo models get McPherson strut front suspension, gas shock absorbers and a front stabilizer bar.
The Veloster N gets uprated suspension geometry and braking for even more impressive driving performance. A multi-mode drive system helps to dial up the fun.
On the safety front there will be autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert, along with a host of airbags, traction control and stability control. Turbo models are available with adaptive cruise.
Hyundai says that different trim levels will have different interior colour and trim combinations for greater distinction, and as expected, the Veloster N will have a racier cockpit with the appropriate “N” branding.
Local pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to mid-2018, when the new Veloster is due to go on sale.