Next-Gen Hyundai Veloster Could Turn Up the Heat

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
next gen hyundai veloster could turn up the heat

With the Civic Type R expected to appear on lots any day now, and no end in sight to the continued popularity of the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, consumers can be forgiven for not thinking about the Hyundai Veloster.

The long-in-the-tooth model remains a valuable oddball for the automaker, but it isn’t without its flaws — namely, a super-harsh ride. Still, it’s a quirky model that adds flair in an increasingly conformist marketplace. Hyundai even saw fit to endow the Veloster with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in a bid to perk up its little hatch.

Despite falling sales, Hyundai isn’t giving up on the model, and a new report claims the Korean automaker could give the next-generation Veloster a heaping dose of competitiveness in the hot hatch segment.

According to Australia’s Motoring, Hyundai’s fledgling N performance division will likely put its stamp on the next-gen Veloster. Currently, the automaker is readying an N variant of its compact i30 for the overseas market (the basis for North America’s Elantra GT), with unconfirmed plans for a Veloster N to follow.

We already know the division’s engineers have used a Veloster as a “rolling lab” technology testbed, so the model’s potential is no mystery to Hyundai.

At this point, it isn’t known whether the upcoming Veloster, expected as a 2018 model, will bow with a performance variant at its side. An N version could follow a year later, with power coming from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the i30N and Sonata Turbo. That would elevate the model’s top power rating from the 201 horsepower seen in the Veloster Turbo to anywhere between 245 and 271 hp (as the i30N will come in two flavors).

With its RM16 concept, N engineers massaged 295 horsepower out of the corporate 2.0-liter, so a Veloster N could turn out hotter than expected. Time will tell. Based on spy photos, we can tell the stock model’s third side door will remain, with front-end styling mimicking the i30 and 2018 Elantra GT.

Hyundai plans to roll out its first N model, the i30N, at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

[Image: © Timothy Cain/The Truth About Cars]

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  • Tallguy130 Tallguy130 on Jun 02, 2017

    Good. Maybe it will be much better then the current one. Maybe it will be surprisingly quick. Maybe it will be a cheep performance buy in a world full of bland CUVs. Honestly, at this point I'm rooting for anyone that wants to putt a little hotness into anything under 25k.

    • JMII JMII on Jun 02, 2017

      I too am cheering for more hot hatches, especially 3 door hatchback versions. The Civic's engine upgrades have been great but the look/styling is downright bad. The Veloster has too much ugly and not enough "go", correct these things and Hyundai might have something people are interested in.

  • Cdotson Cdotson on Jun 02, 2017

    The harsh ride will remain unless they replace the torture beam rear with true IRS and/or return to sane sidewall heights. My Elantra GT with 16" aluminum wheels and 205/55r16 tires rides firmly without being harsh. I'm sure with low-aspect rubber bands and monster rimzzz it would be pure kidney abuse. The Veloster ain't much different. The car should have had the 2.0T from the Sonata from the very beginning. The 2.0Nu in my Elantra should have been the Veloster's base. Not sure why they built a car more C-class in size and saddled it with B-class powertrains.

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    • Bd2 Bd2 on Jun 04, 2017

      The i30 N is substantially different underneath than the i30, so likely will see the same in the N version of the Veloster. Also talk of a production version of the RN30 concept.

  • Redapple2 My dad s buddy got a tire thru the windshield. DRT -dead right there.
  • Redapple2 Hope they fix the:1 ride. worse than a corvette2 seating position. ankles at the height of my butt is UNCOMFORTABLE .As is. Horrible truck
  • Redapple2 One time; doing time; for a long time.
  • Robert Good! Those things are hideous.
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