To help it stand out from the other Veloster models, the Veloster N gets a unique front fascia with a sportier grille and large front air ducts. The two-plus-one hatchback's overall profile and proportions are similar to the outgoing model, but modernized.
For those gathered at Hyundai's press conference at the 2018 North American Auto Show, the reveal of the next-generation 2019 Veloster was anticipated. Six-speed manual transmissions are standard with both engines, but the automatic options split off, with the 2.0-liter using a 6-speed torque-converted automatic and the Veloster Turbo working with a 7-speed dual-clutch unit.
The suspension geometry has been radically changed relative to the standard Veloster and Veloster Turbo, and there's a hefty (but apparently "unobtrusive") strut brace for the rear suspension towers.
"Veloster N takes Hyundai to a new level of purchase consideration for true driving enthusiasts in the USA market", said Albert Biermann, president and head of Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motor Group.
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Also mostly unchanged is the 2019 Veloster's powertrain. Hyundai has also introduced the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, a high-performance version of the Veloster that arrives with 275 horsepower. This should offer improved fuel economy at the expense of power, producing a reasonable, though hardly Earth-shattering, 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.
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. In the back, the Veloster will get a rear diffuser, thin headlights, center-mounted dual exhaust system and more. 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. To keep everything under control the Veloster N has optional oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors on the front axle and 12.4-inch rotors on the rear. Equipped with a seven-inch LCD infotainment screen, the Veloster boasts a full suite of connectivity features, including standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Of course, the regular Veloster looks good too, but this performance version features its own body kit which grabs your attention at both ends and sustains it in the middle. Inside, N-specific bits include the cloth front seats, the steering wheel, shift knob and instrument cluster.
It represents the Korean automaker's first performance vehicle for the US market, according to Albert Biermann, Hyundai's present of performance development.