Throughout his life, Hyundai's Veloster has traded mainly with his funkiness. But by 2019, the Korean automaker hopes to imbue the vehicle's strange intentional personality with new refinement and technology. After taking a sabbatical, the Veloster 2019 is back, and it's sporting a new look at today's Detroit Auto Show.
You may remember that the original Veloster made its debut in Detroit back in 2011. At that time, it was a novel version of the affordable hatchback formula. Its asymmetrical design of the door facilitated the entrance and exit of the passengers of the back seat, keeping the lines of the automobile sportive, even if the experience of handling was not it in last instance.
The Hyundai Veloster 2019 is seen, both in images and on paper, as a much more desirable car. It is still recognizable as a Veloster with its three doors and its thick rear, but the Hyundai designers have been working hard, smoothing their rough edges everywhere. The fish face grill of the original car is no longer there and instead there is an elegant version of Hyundai's corporate waterfall grid. The rear is a little less busy and looks much bigger thanks to a set of horizontal taillights.
The Veloster seems to sit lower and has a more muscular, coupe-like profile. The Veloster Turbo still has twin central exhaust tips, but they look softer. This time they are closer to the size of an orange than a grapefruit.
The interior of the Veloster has always been a pleasant place (if not excessively luxurious) to pass the time, but Hyundai has worked to make the cabin of the new car feel more exclusive and exclusive. The color accents that dot the cabin change according to the level of finish and help the cabin feel like a much more exclusive place than the outgoing car.
On the technology front, Hyundai is struggling a little and giving a lot of money to Veloster's buyers for their money. Qi wireless charging is available, as is an eight-inch infotainment screen. They have also included multitouch applications with sliding on the screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay with Siri integration without eyes and integration with Blue Link Connect-Car, which includes three years of complementary service.
From a mechanical point of view, the Veloster is different from its predecessor. The Veloster remains front-wheel drive, but now rides on the latest and greatestwhich appears to be a massive upgrade over its previous architecture. We can also say goodbye to the rear axle of the archaic torsion beam and not independent of the previous model. The new Veloster uses a more sophisticated multi-link configuration that should provide significantly better body control and driving comfort.
The Turbo receives improved stabilizer bars at the front and rear, as well as optional Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires. 19659002] The Veloster base will come with Hyundai's Nu 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle. This should offer improved fuel economy at the expense of power, producing a reasonable, if hardly revolutionary, 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. For the energy-hungry, the Turbo will come with the Gamma four 1.6-liter direct-injection offering 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of 87-octane fuel with seven additional lb-ft available in overboost.
Both the Veloster and Veloster Turbo come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with Hill-Start Control is expected to be the most popular option.
Hyundai plans to offer the 2019 Veloster to American buyers starting in Q2 this year, and we are eager to see how this newly improved offer builds to today's more robust and fun crop, but at reasonable prices.