Hyundai fans celebrate new Veloster debut

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published February 27, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Hyundai fans who are hoping for a speedy arrival of the new version of the Veloster won’t have much longer to wait, according to the automaker. 

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster was one of the worldwide debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit during a Jan. 15 press preview. The event also described the Veloster Turbo variant and previewed the high-performance Veloster N.  

Hyundai Director of Exterior Design Min-Chul Koo said the previous incarnation of the Veloster was designed to combine the “sexy coupe” aesthetic with the utility of a hatchback.

“For the second generation, the challenge was: Where do we go next?” he said. “So we went back to the drawing board to find the emotional connection we were hungry for, and we did.” 

He said the new version boasts an athletic and muscular stance with a cascading grille and two doors on one side, one door on the other. 

According to Daniel Han, manager of advanced product strategy at Hyundai Motor America, the Veloster has been remodeled to be both awesome and accessible with a suspension system that provides great ride quality. 

The Veloster’s Turbo variant boasts a 1.6-liter turbo GDI engine for “greater torque at lower revs,” Han said.

“So our mission was clear: Make a statement with the new Veloster, and let our customers stand out from the crowd,” he said.

Then the Veloster N was described as a high-performance, 275 horsepower car that takes cues from motorsports, according to Albert Biermann, head of Hyundai’s performance development and high-performance vehicle division.

“When you drive an N, your heart beats faster. Beats per minutes, not revs per minute — that’s our goal at N,” he said. 

Hyundai said the new Veloster and the Veloster Turbo are supposed to be sold in the U.S. in the second quarter of this year. The Veloster N is scheduled to appear in the last quarter of the year.

Adamm Davis, retail operations manager at Suburban Hyundai in Troy, said his dealership is “very excited” for the new model.

“The new design is state of the art and it received a huge increase in horsepower,” he said, particularly referring to the Veloster N.

Davis said the buzz surrounding the vehicle has been very positive so far and has earned enthusiasm from current Veloster drivers. Other popular vehicles at the dealership include those from its Genesis series of sedans, he added. 

“The Genesis brand offers a full luxury experience at a fraction of the luxury cost,” Davis said.

Find out more about Suburban Hyundai, 1814 Maplelawn Drive in Troy, by visiting or by calling (248) 341-9900.