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2019 Hyundai Veloster N is the Brand’s First Hot Hatch Bound for the U.S.

Bringing the fight to the Focus

Finally, after years of development and careful planning, it looks like Hyundai is bringing its brand new N performance division to the States. Our first taste of true Korean performance arrives with the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, a hot hatch setting its sights on the middle ground of performance between the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI and more expensive and faster Honda Civic Type R and Focus RS.

Based on the brand-new 2019 Veloster that debuted at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the new Veloster N unsurprisingly plucks the best bits from the overseas-only i30 N hot hatch.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, pushing out a strong 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, with no mention of the less-powerful Elantra Sport’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission as an option.

As is the case with all modern hot hatches, there’s more at play here than just a torquey turbo engine. The turbocharged terror is chock full of performance bits, including launch control, downshift rev-matching, and dual-mode exhaust.

Along with a rear-strut-brace, there’s an adaptive suspension with different selectable modes, including a track-oriented “N” setting. If you’ve got a little more coin to spend, Hyundai offers a limited slip differential and a bigger brake package, an improvement over the standard performance brakes.

Visually, the N is more aggressive than the regular Veloster, wearing optional N-exclusive Performance Blue paint and bright red trim sprinkled like tinsel throughout the exterior. Buyers will have two choices of wheel packages, beginning with the base 18-inch wheel with 225-sectional Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The optional 19-inch wheels are shod with 235-sectional Pirelli P Zeros. Inside, Hyundai peppered the cockpit with “N” badging and performance-inspired design, including cloth sport seats and a redesigned sport steering wheel.

There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but considering the performance and market positioning of other Hyundai models, expect the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster N to fall somewhere in the $25,000—$30,000 range.

 

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