New Hyundai Veloster officially teased
Hyundai has revealed official teaser images of its new Veloster coupe, which will make its international debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The first pictures appeared on the brand’s South Korean media site with no current indication on European relevance.
The trio of new Velosters were unveiled on a Korean racing track with a striking camouflage cover. However, despite the disguise, it looks like the overall shape of the new Veloster will change little from the original, which was sold in the UK between 2012 and 2015.
The most distinct change is the front grille, with the outgoing design replaced by the increasingly popular honeycomb mesh design used by Hyundai on its new Kona SUV. At the back, the new Veloster gets a rear diffuser with two central exhaust pipes for a sportier appearance.
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Although there weren’t any interior shots among the official teaser images, Hyundai says that the cabin has been designed in a sporty asymmetrical layout for added driver focus. The traditional instrument cluster has been raised and the driver’s seat has been lowered, too. A three-dimensional ergonomic digital display will feature above the centre console, which comes with built-in navigation, while a head-up display will feature as well.
The new Veloster will have two engine options at launch, with a choice of 1.4 and 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinders. Power figures are unknown but Hyundai says maximum torque (in the 1.6, at least) will be available from just 1,500rpm. A six-speed manual and seven-speed DCT gearbox can be specified. The more powerful 271bhp engine from the i30 N could also be offered.
Hyundai’s Smart Shift technology will be fitted on the new Veloster, which learns from the driver’s behaviour behind the wheel. Radar-guided front collision assist will also be available, providing autonomous braking and collision avoidance.
The new Veloster will be formally unveiled in the flesh early next year at the Detroit Motor Show, which kicks off on 13 January 2018. UK-specific information should follow soon after.
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