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2019 Hyundai Veloster: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - May 15, 2018
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Model Preview

While the Hyundai Veloster looked radical when it initially rolled out back in 2012, its appearance has arguably become stale in recent years. Hyundai will finally give the car a complete makeover with the redesigned 2019 Veloster, which includes a new look and all-new performance version called the Veloster N.

The 2019 Veloster’s silhouette will be familiar, as it will retain that tapered roofline and short liftgate design, but its nose will be longer, its body lines much sharper, and its headlights and taillights fully redone. It will also gain Hyundai's wider mesh grille, and new front and rear bumpers. On the wilder side will be the Veloster N, which will boast a more aggressive roof-mount spoiler, larger air intakes, red accents on the front and rear bumpers, and a wider dual-exhaust system.

Inside, the 2019 Veloster will be fully revamped as well. It’ll boast a more futuristic appearance with more shapely curves than the previous generation. It’ll also feature a “floating” touchscreen, and contrasting color scheme on the Turbo Ultimate models. Tech will also be updated, as it will gain standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an available head-up display, an available wireless charging pad, and Blue Link telematics.

2019 Hyundai Veloster

Under the hood, there will be some significant changes in the powertrain department. Here, the base engine will become a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder that will produce 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This engine will mate with either a six-speed manual or automatic.

On the Turbo trims, the Veloster will use the familiar turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine will pair with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch. For those feeling a bit wild, the Veloster N will boast a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The N will only have a six-speed manual available.

Being a tiny hatchback, the Veloster struggled in IIHS testing, getting only a “Marginal” rating in the small-overlap test. With the 2019 Veloster’s longer hood, we could see some improvement. What we do know is that the all-important automatic emergency braking system is standard -- yes, standard -- on this new hatchback.

Pricing & Release Date

Hyundai expects to have the majority of the 2019 Veloster lineup in showrooms by the second quarter of 2018. The Veloster N, though, isn’t planned to arrive until the fourth quarter.

Official pricing will start at $19,385 including destination for the Veloster Base with manual transmission. Opting for the automatic adds $1,000 for an MSRP of $20,385.

Prices for the new N model haven't been announced. At the top of the range, the Veloster Turbo with Ultimate Package and DCT has been priced from $29,035.

Competition will include the Volkswagen GTI, Ford Fiesta, and the Mazda3.

Learn about the current Veloster on sale now »

Pictured: 2019 Veloster

Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster

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