Each car company has a model or two that don’t fit the established mold. For Hyundai Motor Company, the Hyundai Veloster undeniably fills that slot. Its asymmetrical design won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (it’s been described as “polarizing” in some quarters), but for San Diego drivers looking for a ride with character, it’s been popular here at Kearny Mesa Hyundai. If you want one of your own, however, you’ll have to either hurry, or wait longer than you may like.
Why is that? Well, the Hyundai Veloster is getting some time off. There won’t be a 2018 model. Instead, we’ll see a longer 2017 model year that runs through the end of this year, with a 2019 Hyundai Veloster appearing some time next year. That means two things: a new, improved Hyundai Veloster, plus a bit of breathing room for the upcoming Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover.
Of course, the 2017 Hyundai Veloster still has plenty to offer. It has an assertive front end, a unique profile and three-door layout, and a rear that combines aspects of a coupe with a hatchback. Two engines — one with 132 horsepower, the other a turbocharged 1.6 liter four-cylinder with 201 horses — give you ample power. The interior is ergonomically designed in a way that keeps the driver’s experience in mind, and that philosophy is complemented by available tech like SiriusXM Travel Link and HD radio.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is already in the works. It’s been spied in testing, and while it’s likely to retain its one-of-a-kind look, there’s sure to be some technological and performance upgrades in the works as the car enters its second generation. These may also include an N Performance variant with sportier handling and higher horsepower. It may be ready as soon as the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with public availability following soon after.
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