The United States Motor Vehicle market is one of the most lucrative in the world. It is therefore obvious that any ambitious or leading car manufacturer will want to get a share, and possibly hold on to it for a long time. However, manufacturers must overcome several hurdles before they introduce new models. While these hurdles seem to getting bigger each coming year, the huge profits that await those that succeed in launching their brands make the effort to overcome them worthwhile. Moreover, if a model can pass the stringent requirement required for a car to be imported into the US market, then it will probably be allowed in almost any other market. Here’s what we know about the Hyundai Veloster N.
It’s with that in mind that Hyundai launched its first Veloster N model at the Detroit Auto show in January, 2018. The car is expected to hit the showrooms later this year, as Hyundai’s 2019 model. The Veloster N model have a 6-speed manual transmission system, but we expect a dual-clutch transmission system will be added to make the car more appealing for those who prefer an automatic transmission system.
That is expected considering the decision to give the Hyundai i30 N a dual-clutch transmission system by the end of 2019. The decision came because the company executives feel that offering the car with only a manual transmission option greatly limits its ability to penetrate the market and achieve maximum sales, which is what really what matters.
The i30 N will not be grace showrooms in the United States, however, it shares its mechanical design with Veloster N. We therefore expect to see the Veloster get a dual-clutch transmission system as the i30 N will eventually do, and it’s all signs point to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that Hyundai said it’s going to fit in the 2019 Veloster Turbo.
The Engine and Cruise Control Systems
The Veloster Turbo will be equipped with a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine that will provide it with 201 horsepower, while the standard Veloster will get a naturally aerated 2.0-liter engine that will output 147 horsepower. The Veloster N will receive a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that will supply 275 horsepower. One feature that is common to all three Velosters is the fact that their engines will power only their front wheels.
Some special features in its transmission system include the optional electronically controlled limited-slip traction system, adaptive dampers, automatic rev matching, launch-control capability, and the variable exhaust design that can be accessed through a set of five driving modes. The settings include an “N” setting that is designed for use on the track.
The Wheels and Tires
When it comes to the wheels, customers will get to choose between two tire-wheel packages. There is the 18-inch wheelbase that goes with Michelin’s Super Sport 225-series performance tires, and there is also the wider 19-inch wheelbase that is wrapped in Pirelli’s 235-series P Zero rubber tires. To cap it all, customers can upgrade to a brake system that includes larger rotors for all the four corners.
When it comes to the Veloster N’s aesthetics, its shares a lot with the i30 N, which unfortunately won’t be making it to the US. However, the Veloster’s exterior is “hotted-up” a little bit. It comes in the Performance Blue paint, white, red, and of course black. It sports a red trim on the side skirts and front fascia, with its N badge strategically placed on the grille. From the badge’s design, you can tell that it’s a top-dog model, proudly overshadowing the 201-hp Veloster Turbo and the standard 147-hp models.
One other feature that won’t escape your gaze is its funky three-door design that appears as a five door design. When combined with the above legit credentials, it emerges as a top competitor in the sport-compact market segment. By the time of going to press, Hyundai had not announced its price tag. Hopefully, it will be under $30,000, which is what the Civic Si and GTI go for in most markets, as opposed to over $35,000 where the significantly more powerful Civic Type R and Golf R compete.
We hope that you found this Hyundai Veloster N review to be engaging, and you look forward to Hyundai Veloster N’s release into the show rooms as we do.