Hyundai believes that the Veloster is doing a good job, and so it is taking the sports coupe and its Turbo version for another ride as new, second generation models for the 2019 model year. In fact, the all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo have just been unwrapped at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
While Hyundai is saying that the second generation of the Veloster has been comprehensively redesigned, the exterior of the newest iteration seemed similar to its predecessor. However, there is truth to this claim, as much of the redesign was derived from the sports coupe’s enhanced proportions and volume. Compared to its predecessor, the new Veloster is longer by around 0.8 inches and wider by 0.4 inches.
While the 2019 Veloster is as tall as the previous model, its rear headroom has grown by 0.6 inches. Retaining an asymmetrical two-plus-one configuration, the new Veloster features a more muscular stance with more voluminous fenders and wheel arches. Hyundai moved both the cowl point and A-pillar rearward to link the hood line and belt line. Its coupe-like presence is made possible by its lowered roofline and coupe-inspired fender line. On the rear, the Veloster comes with a more assertive integrated diffuser.
Up front, the new Veloster sports a new three-dimensional grille with a signature cascade shape as flanked by available LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. It also features functional air curtains. LED taillights are also available, and so is a full darkened roof treatment. The rear end dons a distinctive glass hatch and center-fascia chrome exhaust tips. The 2.0-liter model has a single tip while the Turbo and R-Spec models have dual outlets.
In terms of power, the standard Veloster is powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder Nu engine that delivers 147 hp of max output at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. This 2.0-liter engine is mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the Veloster Turbo is still powered by 1.6-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder Gamma engine that develops 201 hp of max output and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. For the 2019 Veloster Turbo, this engine achieves peak torque at lower revs, at just 1,500 rpm (vs. 1,750 on previous model). The Gamma engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT), both of which were developed in-house by Hyundai. When the DCT is picked, the Veloster Turbo gains steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters and ShiftTonic transmission gear control.
As standard, the new Veloster is equipped with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA). It is also offered with Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA) for the available LED headlights, and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) systems. Further technologies include the available Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) and Smart Cruise Control.
Customers could choose from a palette of exterior colors that includes Chalk White, Racing Red, Sonic Silver, Space Gray, Sunset Orange, Thunder Gray and Ultra Black. The interior, meanwhile, could be wrapped in cloth, cloth/leather combinations or all leather.