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2019 Veloster: Hyundai’s oddball hatchback gets a redesign

by Danny Zepeda | January 16, 2018January 16, 2018 7:00 am PST

In 2011, Hyundai introduced the unique hatchback Veloster with an oddball three-door design that stood out amid a sea of two and four-door cars. Seven years later, the design that once stood out hasn’t aged particularly well. Cue the 2019 Hyundai Veloster redesign, announced at the Detroit Auto Show, which upgrades everything from the exterior to the interior.

The original spirit of the Veloster is still present with the 2019 redesign. Yes, the three door design makes its return. The driver’s left side has the single door layout while the passenger right side has the two doors. And, of course, the Turbo version is also back.

There will be two available engine options for the 2019 Veloster. The standard version will have Hyundai’s Nu 2.0-liter Atkinson’s style four-cylinder engine. That’s good for 147 horsepower and 132-pound feet of torque. Nothing too crazy, but the engine is for meant everyday driving with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. If you want something with more kick, you’ll want to go with the Turbo engine.

Powering the Turbo Veloster is a direct injection 1.6-liter Gamma four that delivers 201 horsepower and 195-pound feet of torque. There’s an additional seven pound feet with overboost turned on. It’s available as a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Regardless of the engine you get with the Veloster, each will come with front wheel drive only.

Hyundai took great care in refining the Veloster. It’s hard not to notice how design elements from the newly upgraded 2018 Elantra GT (another hatchback) made its way to the Veloster. But those similarities are welcomed. The front grille looks more elegant and pristine, the side profiles have been modernized with sleek curves and the back hatch has been refined to something a little less busy. The Turbo variant comes with the added detail of the center dual exhaust with the chrome tips.

Continuing with its value mantra, Hyundai didn’t skimp out on the interior for the Veloster. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, red accent colors and all-black scheme give off a upscale allure. This is complimented by the available Qi wireless charging pad and 8-inch infotainment touch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2019 Veloster is slated to go on sale in the second quarter of 2018. Hyundai didn’t provide any details about pricing.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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