Hyundai is nearly ready to show off its second-generation Veloster hatchback, but the hotly anticipated Veloster N performance variant wasn’t slated to make an appearance quite yet. Well, that was the case, anyway, until we found a photo of the Veloster N on Hyundai’s own website. So here’s our first official look at the 2019 Veloster N in all of its hot-hatchback glory.
As anticipated, the Veloster N shares much of its aesthetic with the Europe-market i30 N, a hotted-up version of the Elantra GT that we won’t get in the States. The Veloster N’s attractive Performance Blue paint is the same, as are the bits of red trim on the front fascia and side skirts. An N badge is visible in the grille, denoting this as part of Hyundai’s new performance sub-brand; it’ll sit above the Veloster Turbo in the lineup.
Official confirmation of such details will have to wait until Hyundai decides to share more about the Veloster N. But this funky little three-door with legitimate performance credentials is shaping up to be an enticing competitor to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and R and the Honda Civic Si and Type R.
Introduced in 2011 as a spiritual successor to the Tiburon coupe,the Veloster quickly made a name for itself as a budget compact coupe with hatchback practicality. But although it had distinctive styling and efficient engines, and came with lots of features for the money, it was criticized for its underpowered base engine, limited rear-seat access, and harsh ride. After four years on the market, the first-generation Veloster finally received its mid-cycle update. Set to arrive in dealerships for the 2016 model year, the facelifted hatchback is far from being a significant improvement over the 2015 car.
In fact, the updates are rather disappointing for a vehicle that’s been around for four years. Sure, it’s not like Hyundai has set any benchmarks with its past facelifts, but remaining competitive in a segment that also includes the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus requires more than just a few nips and tucks. Keep reading to find out what’s new on the 2016 Veloster and how it stacks up against its most important rivals.
Much like the Turbo model, the standard Veloster received a mild visual update. Modifications include a revised hood without the previous model’s faux vents, and a slightly larger front grille with a dark-gray surround. The standard 17-inch wheels now have a new design, while the available 18-inch wheels come wrapped in 10 mm wider tires. The remaining exterior features are unaltered, including the “Fluidic Sculpture” styling that debuted back in 2012. The good news here is that the Veloster kept its unique exterior appearance, making it a solid choice for hatchback customers who want to stand out.
|Overall length||166.1 Inches|
|Overall width||70.5 Inches|
|Overall height||17-inch: 55.1 Inches
18-inch: 55.3 Inches
|Tread width||17-inch: 61.5/62.0 Inches
18-inch: 60.9/61.4 Inches
|Minimum Ground Clearance||17-inch: 5.6
|Coefficient of Drag||0.32|
Aside from the optional black seats with yellow accents and the tech upgrades, the interior of Veloster remained unchanged. New features include a revised infotainment system with a 7-inch color touchscreen, Apple Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, and SiriusXM with Travel Link. It’s not much, but I’ve seen less exciting facelifts coming from Toyota or BMW.
|Head room w/o sunroof|
|Head room w/ panoramic sunroof|
|Type||Gamma DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) GDI (Gasoline Direct Engine)|
|Materials||Aluminum block and head|
|Displacement||1.6L / 1,591 cc|
|Horsepower (est.)||138 HP @ 6,300 RPM (M/T)
132 HP @ 6,300 RPM (DCT)
|Torque (est.)||123 LB-FT @ 4,850 RPM (M/T)
120 LB-FT @ 4,850 RPM (DCT)
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Bore & stroke||77.0 X 85.4 (mm)|
|Transmission||6-speed manual transmission/6-speed EcoShift™ dual clutch automatic|
|Fuel economy||6-speed manual: 27 mpg/35 mpg/30 mpg
6-speed DCT 28 mpg/36 mpg/31 mpg
Prices Brand New is Over $155,000
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