The Hyundai Veloster is all-new for 2019, but thankfully it’s still a weird three-door hatchback. The previous Veloster couldn’t quite keep up with the interior and driving qualities of its main competition, but I’m on my way to find out if the new one has upped its hot hatch game.
I’ll be spending all day in and out of the Veloster in Austin, and before I report back, I figured it’d be a good idea to see what you all would like to know about it.
To get some of the basics out of the way, the new Veloster will be available with an improved non-turbo engine option that’s a 147-horsepower, 132 lb-ft 2.0-liter four-cylinder, or the same 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder from the outgoing Turbo model, with 201 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque.
All models can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available on non-turbo cars, and a seven-speed dual-clutch is available on the Turbo. As we’ve already pointed out, it’s dimensions are nearly identical to the outgoing Veloster, with refreshed styling that looks angsty enough for me.
The interior also gets a big refresh, something I hope is a nice improvement over the old car, and overall I’m looking forward to seeing if this weird hatch has gotten any hotter. Unfortunately, I’m fairly sure I won’t get a chance to hop in the Veloster N just yet, but I liked it when I saw it at the Detroit Auto Show.
Perhaps worthy of note, the new Veloster will also be in the upcoming Ant Man And The Wasp movie, in purple paint with side-exhausts and flame decals. That’s the one I really want to drive.
If there’s anything specific you’d like to know about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster, let me know in the comments below and I will stop at nothing to get you answers.