As an all-new model, the changes include a new platform shared with the i30 and Kona that swaps the previous generation’s torsion beam rear suspension for a multi-link system. It also wraps its lop-sided door arrangement within a completely new exterior.
The base Veloster kicks off with an atmo 2.0-litre, pushing out 110kW and 180Nm, but you want the Turbo, which shares its engine with the i30 N-Line and Elantra Sport variants. Its 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder powertrain comes married to either a seven-speed dual clutch automatic or six-speed manual.
Outputs are set at 150kW and 265Nm, the same as with the previous generation, however it can now liberate another 10Nm on overboost. That’ll be channelled through an open front-differential and something Hyundai calls Torque Vectoring Control, or brake-based torque vectoring.
Thankfully, Hyundai’s engineers have paid a lot more attention to dynamics this time around by fitting a quickened electrically assisted steering rack and Michelin tyres. That’s right, the Turbo scores Pilot Sport 4 tyres wrapped around its 18-inch wheels.
It also scores a fair bit of kit above the atmo version as Hyundai throws in radar-based safety systems, paddle shifters, LED lights, larger TFT screens, sportier body items and metal pedal ‘pads’. It’ll ask $35,490 with a six-speed manual transmission, while the dual-clutch adds another $3K to top out at $38,490. Add metallic paint for another $595.
But if you’re the fancy type, then $3500 upgrades equipment to Premium levels, including heated seats and wheel, a unique 18-inch wheel design, a heads-up display and leather trim on the sports bucket seats. It also includes gizmos like rain sensing wipers, a wireless charging pad and power on the front seats. You can also option a two-tone roof for $1000.
At most, before on-roads, a Veloster Turbo can top out at just over $40K. Stay tuned for our verdict on its performance value equation this October.