The 2.75-door Returns: Hyundai Teases a New Veloster

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Ahead of next week’s North American International Auto Show, where TTAC will have a full complement of boots on the ground, Hyundai has released a few teaser shots of its next Veloster.

Spy shots have been floating around for a while now, supporting the thesis that the upcoming Hyundai hatch will retain its oddball door configuration. It may even have a performance model, dubbed the N, a letter so chosen by the Korean automaker because all the cool bits of the alphabet were already taken.

The current model showed up in 2011 as a 2012 model, sporting three side doors all of different lengths and an expansive glass hatchback with stickers admonishing owners not to bash in the heads of rear seat occupants. All signs point to the next Veloster being equipped in a similar fashion.

These side shots clearly show the 2018 Hyundai Veloster coupe-hatch mashup will retain its 2+1 three-door silhouette, while the front end adopts the enormous trapezoid grille shape we saw in the spy photographs earlier last year. Around back, the teaser shots show double-barrel exhaust tips, currently found on the Turbo variant of today’s Veloster.

A conceptual interior shot is provided as well, showing a very clean dashboard with very little in the way of switchgear frippery. A squared-off steering wheel faces the driver, framing a set of gauges that’ll likely have some sort of reconfigurable screen offering performance data. A tablet-esque infotainment system stands atop the dash, much like the ones found in Mazda products.

A dramatic character line neatly bisects the interior, no doubt in an effort to provide a “driver-focused” cockpit. Kids going on a first date should look elsewhere if they want to cuddle with their new squeeze; meanwhile, parents across the nation breathe a sigh of relief. What appears to be an honest-to-goodness stick shift manual transmission is depicted in the sketch.

The 2017 Veloster is offered with two engines – a 132 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a 201 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo. All models are rated at over 30 mpg on the highway. Hyundai will likely bin the lesser engine, keeping the 200 horse mill as the base motor. In Europe, the i30N hatch is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo able to crank out over 250 horsepower. It would surprise us not if Hyundai decided to plug that engine into the Veloster in an attempt to take on the Golf GTI and Focus ST.

Right now, the entry-level MSRP is $18,100, but rebates and bonus cash put the base model at under $15,000. Expect the new Veloster to start a few shekels higher than the outgoing model, especially if the standard engine is more potent than the current one. The revamped model should arrive on dealer lots later this year.

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • OmarCCX OmarCCX on Jan 09, 2018

    Just sell us the European i30 N for christ's sake.

    • Bd2 Bd2 on Jan 09, 2018

      Still may get the i30N fastback.

  • Bd2 Bd2 on Jan 09, 2018

    On another news front, seems like Genesis is starting to work on a long-rumored "halo" sports car. Will be a 2-seater with the powertrain including electric motors.

  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.
  • The Oracle These are all over the roads in droves here in WNC. Rarely see one on the side of the road, they are wildly popular, capable, and reliable. There is a market for utilitarian vehicles.