2018 Hyundai Veloster introduction – The Veloster is a very interesting-looking car. It is the only four-door hatchback on the market. Even though this doesn’t sound strange, it has two doors on the passenger’s side and just one door on the driver’s side with the tailgate being the fourth door. Hyundai offered this type of design in order to make the car safer for the rear passengers. Even though it didn’t have much power and it wasn’t all that great to drive, Hyundai sold quite a few of them over the years.
Because of that it really isn’t a surprise that they are going to overhaul it. Test mules for the upcoming 2018 Hyundai Veloster have been seen ever since last year while the first prototype was seen in early 2017. The car is still going to be a front wheel drive car, and it will still be a hatchback.
2018 Hyundai Veloster Price and Detail
However, there are going to be some key differences between it and the current generation. For starters, the car is going to use a new platform. In fact, it is expected to share its chassis with the new i30 which is based on their J5 chassis. This offers a more complex suspension setup, and it also offers better rigidity than-than the older chassis which was shared with the i20. The change of platform is also quite clear from the spy shots. The test mule had the same body as the regular Veloster. However, the front end was chopped and elongated while the rear wheels didn’t really fit. The change is likely between 20 to 70mm which is more than enough to give it better high-speed stability. The price is still unknown, but we do expect it to increase, especially since most suggest the car will replace the Genesis Coupe.
So far the camouflaged prototype for the 2018 Hyundai Veloster didn’t reveal all that much information about the car. It seems that it is more aggressive than its predecessor. The front end seems to boast a massive grille, similar to that on the i30, and recessed headlights swept towards the back. The hood seems to have heat extractors, and the overall shape seems to be quite similar to that of the RM16 N concept. The car also seems wider and lower than the ongoing model. Some suggested that the rear of the prototype wasn’t done, especially since it had a very similar layout to that of the i30. We do expect it to be similar to the previously mentioned car, especially since the two will share more than just a few design cues. One of the largest changes is going to be the removal of the rear door. This has become clear a while ago, and it seems Hyundai will offer the Veloster as a three-door regular hatchback.
Inside the Cabin
Due to the removal of the rear door, the rear seats will likely be harder to access. However, this shouldn’t be just a big problem, especially since the car will become more of a hot-hatch than ever before. The interior is also expected to improve on quality, features and available space for the front passengers. We also expect a few trim levels that will range from a basic sports car all the way up to a full-on hot-hatch with body-hugging seats, a three-spoke sporty steering wheel and possibly even a roll-cage.
2018 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Specs
The base 2018 Hyundai Veloster is more than likely going to feature a 1.6-liter turbo four. This currently makes 201 horsepower so it might receive a small bump. With the help of front wheel drive, a six-speed manual, and a limited slip differential, it should be more than capable of getting to 60 MPH in around 7 seconds. Higher up the range, the Veloster should also offer a new generation 2 liter turbo four. Hyundai is currently developing this engine for their higher end applications, and it seems it will deliver anything between 250 and 300 horsepower. If they decide to go with the more powerful version, then the Veloster will become one of the most powerful hatchbacks around. We do hope Hyundai will stick with the front wheel drive design as well as with the standard six-speed automatic. A dual-clutch gearbox is likely going to be offered as an option across the range.