There are so few enthusiast cars for those on a tight budget out there we’re actually quite happy there’s a new generation of the quirky Veloster from Hyundai ready to rock the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The South-Korean automaker is back with the second generation of the odd Veloster, keeping up with the trends by delivering an understated, evolutionary look while also thoroughly updating the rest of its credentials. The new Veloster is now a bit bigger – 0.8 inches and 0.4 inches have been added to the length and width, respectively. The design has been penned under the codename “City Rally Car”, with all modifications aiming to streamline the predecessor’s appearance. Traditional cues do remain – the center exhaust, along with the coupe-style door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side.
An important mechanical update is the new rear suspension – now with a multilink setup akin to the Elantra GT and Elantra Sport, while the only upgrade to the powertrain department is the switch from the base 1.6 liter to a 2.0-liter inline-four with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet, with an additional 15 hp and 12 lb-ft. The Veloster Turbo remains the same, with a 1.6-liter turbo-four, good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. Inside, the new Veloster has an asymmetrical design for the dash, complete with color head-up display, and 7- or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment – Turbo models even gain a “Performance” display with a boost gauge.