Hyundai’s Veloster is a great deal of fun for buyers on a budget. It offers agile handling, punchy performance and decent space—all for a reasonable starting price of about $18,000.
Soon, a sharp-looking successor will arrive. The new Veloster is due for a debut at this month’s 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and Hyundai has given us our first official look at the car in a series of teasers.
The teasers, plus our own spy shots of prototypes, show that the new Veloster will maintain the unique shape of the current model, including the signature three-doors-and-hatch configuration. (There’s a single door on the driver side and two on the passenger side.)
A low, wide grille dominates the front, while at the rear there’s a center-mounted exhaust with dual exit pipes. The flared fender vents on the car also add a nice touch of athleticism.
This time around there will be a standard Veloster, plus a more potent Veloster N (shown above) developed by Hyundai’s in-house tuner. Residing under the hood of the standard Veloster should be the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 found in the current Veloster Turbo. In the Veloster N, expect to find a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Power in the latter could reach as high as 271 horsepower, while the standard car will likely have around 200 hp.
Potential rivals for the new Veloster include the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Veloster N meanwhile should provide some decent competition for the Honda Civic Type R and VW Golf R.