Sneak Peak: 2019 Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster got an overhaul for 2019. The three-door hatchback made its debut in 2012 and was due for some upgrades. Hyundai didn't change the overall look of its unusual hatch. It still has that low, sporty appearance with its sweeping roofline. The body got some minor tweaks, like a wider sunroof and longer hood, the chassis has been changed slightly, and there are two more powerful engine options. They also added two new trims, one of which is the highly-anticipated Veloster N.


What is new on the 2019 Veloster?

Hyundai increased the length of the new Veloster by extending the front end nearly an inch and increased its width by almost half an inch. They moved the A-pillars and cowl back to make the hood look even longer, widened the sunroof and added fitted air curtains to the front and rear wheels. The grille has been changed to Hyundai's "pouring steel" cascading grille. LED headlights, daytime running lights and taillights were also added. Dual exhaust pipes peek out from the center of the rear end with a more aggressive-looking diffuser.<br><br>The chassis of the 2019 Veloster is very similar to the Kona and Elantra chassis. It comes standard with a multilink rear suspension and MacPherson strut front suspension. What's even more exciting is the upgrade from the 1.6-L engine to a 2.0-L engine with an additional 15 horsepower and 12 lb-ft. of torque. The new engine produces 147 hp at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque. You can get that with an automatic <br><br>Hyundai retained the 1.6-L turbo for the higher Veloster trims, but they made some changes so that peak torque is achieved at 1,500 rpm rather than 1,750 rpm. Transmission options are a six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch automatic that is programmed to remain in lower gears through the corners. The 2019 Veloster will also be equipped with Torque Vectoring Control. TVC improves handling by directing more power to the outer front wheel for more traction through the corners.<br><br>New active-assist safety features have also been added as standard systems on higher trims.


How many trim levels are there for the 2019 Veloster?

There are six different 2019 Veloster trim levels. The base trim is the Veloster which is followed by the Veloster 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, Turbo Ultimate and the Veloster N. Each of the six trims has its own interior with colorful dash accents. The Turbo Ultimate trim comes with a black roof.


How much will the 2019 Veloster cost?

Hyundai hasn't announced pricing for the 2019 models, but it will probably be very similar to prices for the 2017 models. Base trim MSRP for a 2017 Veloster is $18,100. The Veloster Turbo has a base price tag of $22,600. The Turbo Ultimate and N will probably cost $25,000 to $30,000. Hyundai didn't make any 2018 Velosters.


What comes standard in the new Veloster N?

The N will be powered by a 275-hp 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 260 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The N will also be equipped with extra performance-enhancing equipment like a dual-mode exhaust, launch control and downshift rev-matching. The Veloster N will also be equipped with an adaptive suspension that includes an "N" mode for racing. 18-inch wheels are standard, but 19-inch wheels are available. A two-tiered wing is mounted at the top of the rear hatch to help keep this hi-powered hatchback firmly on the ground.


Is the new Veloster a four-passenger hatchback?

Yes, and it will most likely be just a smidge roomier than the 2017 model since the car is a little bigger. The one rear passenger-side door makes back-seat access a little easier than standard two-door hatchbacks. Some of the trims will come with leather upholstery. The 2.0 Premium and Turbo trims will have leather-trimmed cloth seats. Veloster Ultimates come with all-leather upholstery and a two-toned Sand Storm Gray and black interiors.


Will the 2019 Veloster be fuel efficient?

The EPA estimates that the 2019 Veloster will get 25 to 28 mpg in the city and 33 to 34 mpg on the highway, depending on the engine.


Does the Veloster have much room for supplies in the back?

Cargo space figures for the 2019 Veloster haven't been released just yet. The 2017 models have a total of 34.7 cubic feet of space for cargo if you fold down the back seat. With the back seats in place, there are 15.5 cubic feet of room in the back. In comparison, that's a little less space than most compact hatchbacks. Hopefully, with the new, bigger dimensions, the Veloster will have a bit more room for cargo.


What type of active-assist safety systems does the new Veloster come with?

Lower Veloster trims will come with a driver's blind spot mirror, a rearview camera, and brake assist. All but the base trim will be equipped with Blind-spot Collision Warning. Turbo models will have Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. Turbo Ultimate models come with all that plus Forward Collision-avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control, and Heads-up Display.


Will the new Veloster come with a good infotainment system?

The 2019 Veloster will come equipped with a 7-inch display touchscreen and a six-speaker HD stereo system with AM/FM radio and SiriusXM. There is an optional 8-inch touchscreen available that displays performance gauges. An Infinity premium stereo system and Qi wireless charging are also available. Siri Eyes Free, Smartphone connectivity, USB and auxiliary input jacks, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio are also standard or available.

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