The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Is Finally A True Hot Hatchback Competitor

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Power is routed to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, with no mention of the less-powerful Elantra Sport's seven-speed dual clutch transmission as an option.

Hyundai has been steadily teasing us with preview images for the forthcoming all-new Veloster, scheduled for debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week. The center-exit exhaust remains, with a pair of pipes for the Veloster Turbo.

The aggressive roofline-lower for 2019-and flared wheel arches still dominate the profile, while an odd third door sticks out on the passenger's side like a vestigial limb. It also gives the Veloster its coupe-esque styling. That's a nice improvement over the 2019 Veloster Turbo with its 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft.

No matter the trim, each Veloster model will come equipped with Torque Vectoring Control, which will aim to "improve dynamic cornering during more enthusiastic driving".

The South Korean auto maker pulled the curtains back on its second-generation Veloster coupe at the 2018 Detroit motor show, confirming it will make a cameo appearance in the next instalment of the Marvel superhero series, Ant Man vs the Wasp, as the vehicle of choice for the tiniest hero on the planet.

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N POWERTRAIN Mechanically, Veloster N offers a larger 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant over the Veloster Turbo. After more than a year of saying that the automaker's N performance brand wasn't going to arrive in the U.S. anytime soon-being primarily targeted at European markets-Hyundai hit its fans with a thunderous surprise: the sound of growling exhaust system on the brand-new Hyundai Veloster N. But really, it's too practical to be truly weird - the "2+1" door configuration isn't such a big deal, anymore, and it makes the Veloster more convenient in terms of day-to-day use.

The Hyundai gets a short-throw, close-ratio six speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching, and a sport exhaust system which allows for some over-run crackle during upshifts and downshifts. There's a multi-mode suspension with a track-specific N mode, an available limited-slip differential and a drive mode that you can customize to meet your personal needs. Standard Veloster N brake rotors are 13.0 inches in the front and 11.8 inches in the rear.

Every Veloster gets a standard 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while available items include a Qi wireless charge pad, an Infinity audio system, and a panoramic sunroof are available.

The Veloster N throws in exclusive cloth sports seats and an N-design wheel, shift knob, door sill plates, and a special instrument cluster.

Finally, after years of development and careful planning, it looks like Hyundai is bringing its brand new N performance division to the States.

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