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New Hyundai Veloster (2018): new coupe blasts into NAIAS 2018 with hot N version

Published: 16 January 2018

► 2019 Hyundai Veloster promises a more exciting drive than before
► Sporting four-door coupe revealed at the 2018 Detroit motor show
► Regular, Turbo and Veloster N variants – all honed by Albert Biermann

Hyundai’s wonky coupe has returned! This is the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster, revealed at the 2018 Detroit motor show in regular Veloster, Veloster Turbo and hot Veloster N variants.

Remember the Veloster? It was Hyundai’s oddball coupe that had two doors on one side and one on the other and had a coupe shape. When we drove the Veloster Turbo in 2012, we loved it, calling it a ‘cracking little performance car’. We even ran one as a long-termer.

Yes alright, we get it – what about this new one?

Well it looks very i30-ish from the front, with a similar front grille shape and headlight arrangement. The rear, meanwhile, can be described as… er, busy; a proper coupe shape, central exhausts and big rear lights that stretch upwards.

Hyundai Veloster 2018

The hotter N version amps all of that design up to 11. Like the i30N, the show car you see here is in a vivid blue with plenty of red detailing and sports design cues like a triangular third brake light, rear spoiler and pumped-up body work.

The door arrangement stays the same across all of the versions – one door on the left and two doors on the right.

Gimme engine specs!

The regular Veloster uses a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine producing 147bhp and 132lb ft of torque, while the Veloster Turbo uses a smaller capacity 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with 201bhp and 195lb ft.

Hyundai Veloster side pan

The top-end Veloster N has the same engine as the i30 N – a 275bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 260lb ft of torque, plus an active exhaust that crackles and bangs in ‘N mode’.

Veloster N also gets a few handy tweaks including unique suspension genometry, a limited-slip diff, rev matching and a vomit-inducing ‘N Grin Control’ drive mode system. Hurk.

Anything else I need to know?

Hyundai’s new Veloster sports an interior much like the i30 hatch and in the US it can be fitted with options like wireless charging, an eight-inch touchscreen, Siri integration for your iPhone and a glut of the usual safety tech.

We've seen it testing in the company's home country of Korea, and in N-form at least, it's fast. Ex-BMW M Division boss Albert Biermann is heading the dynamic development of the car, and promised that it will be even more fun to drive than the already impressive Hyundai i30 N

What's the Hyundai Veloster price and release date?

Hyundai USA hasn’t revealed pricing for the new Veloster yet, but what we do know is that it won’t be coming to the UK – boo!

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches