Hyundai Veloster Will Return For 2022 Model Year

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Earlier this month, we noticed that Hyundai stopped offering any rebates, APR deals, or lease incentives on the standard Veloster. When we reached out to Hyundai for a response, the brand declined to confirm any news, stating, “we have 21MY Veloster, 21MY Veloster Turbo and 21MY Veloster N in dealer/port stock.” Based on the information at hand and Hyundai’s response, it certainly looked like the automaker was planning to pull the plug on the hatchback.

Car and Driver reached out to Hyundai and got confirmation from a spokesperson that the Veloster would stick around for the 2022 model year. Instead of discontinuing the Veloster, the spokesperson told the outlet that it would be cutting a few trims from the compact hatchback’s lineup.

For the 2022 model year, the Veloster will be available in 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo, and N trim levels. Car and Driver claims that Hyundai wouldn’t specify which trims would be getting discontinued, but from that list, it looks like the Turbo Ultimate trim is the only one that won’t make it to the 2022 model year. Hyundai could trim the lineup even more, but we’ll have to wait to get official information later this year.

Hyundai Veloster

If these trims carry over, the 2022 Veloster would continue to be available with three engines. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 147 horsepower will be standard, a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 201 hp will be the next step up, and the Veloster N will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 275 hp.

Offering fewer trims isn’t as significant as discontinuing a model completely, but it’s still a huge change for the Veloster. Reducing a model’s lineup is usually the first thing an automaker does before discontinuing a model. Depending on what trims Hyundai drops, this could limit the hatchback’s presence in the compact segment.

We don’t expect Hyundai to discontinue the high-performance Veloster N, as that hot hatchback is well-loved. It also doesn’t make sense, as Hyundai has been trying to solidify its performance N brand in the U.S. with new models. Additionally, the Veloster N is one of the few hot hatchbacks on the market, competing with the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf GTI. If anything, we think Hyundai would decide to kill one of the Turbo trims, as those make up the majority of the model’s lineup and sit in an interesting spot in terms of pricing compared to the entry-level trims and the top-ranging Veloster N.

Pricing for the 2021 Veloster starts at $19,905 (with destination), while the mid-level Turbo R-Spec is priced at $24,455. The Veloster N carries a starting price tag of $33,245.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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