Hyundai engineers have started evaluating a test mule for a new generation of the Veloster.
The new mechanicals are hidden beneath the modified body of the current Veloster, meaning the final design will be very different to what you see here.
The modifications made to the body, such as the stretched wheel arches at the front, point towards a longer wheelbase.
We can also see that the current Veloster’s headlights barely fit the new structure, and at the rear we can see the actual exhaust tips exit near the sides of the bumper instead of at the center as on the current model.
Hyundai RM16 N concept, 2016 Busan Auto Show
Not much is known about the new model, though we’ve heard Hyundai may ditch the odd three-door layout and go with two doors instead, making the car a proper coupe. In this way the new Veloster could serve as a replacement for the Genesis Coupe whose successor will no longer be part of the Hyundai range.
In the powertrain department, the base option will likely be a version of the turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder found in the current Veloster Turbo. Above this could be a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that Hyundai is developing for its new N range of performance cars.
A 295-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter engine was shown in Hyundai’s recent RM16 N concept car (shown above), a concept that may hint at the styling we can expect on the new Veloster.
Development is still in the early stages so we’re not expecting a debut until sometime in 2018. That means we should see the new Veloster arrive as a 2019 model.