The second gen Veloster is due to be unveiled in late 2017, and according to everything discovered about it so far it is going to be a tightly made machine with a fastback-style physique that will be transferred from the previous model. Although, it will be overall light years ahead of the first gen Veloster, especially in terms of handling.
The spy shots that are the courtesy of The Korean Car Blog show the 2018 Hyundai Veloster wearing almost no camo at all. Bits and pieces are hiding only the rear end of it as you can see for yourself. Although the picture is in the low resolution it shows plenty of high-speed features that only raise the appeal of this compact coupe, such as two centrally mounted exhaust tips, big alloy wheels, i30 inspired taillights, rear diffuser, and a huge roof-mounted wing.
But that is not all. The second gen Veloster is hiding one more thing, and it is something called independent rear suspension, or IRS shortly. This is not strange for Hyundai vehicles and definitely not the first case as well. If you recall the 2017 Elantra Sport also has its rear wheels kept in check thanks to the multi-link IRS, and as a result, Hyundai’s engineers can try and fit something like this on the Veloster as well, because the tech is already there and checked out.
Hyundai will most definitely try and use this to their advantage especially if they want the younger audience to like the new Veloster. But the IRS is not the only thing that will attract new and young customers. Veloster’s 1.6 L twin-scroll turbo-four unit will be very likely offered as the performance-oriented engine which will most definitely be a hit. You probably know this, but it is OK to remind you again, the current Veloster has 1.6 T-GDi which is rated at 201 HP (204 PS) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque that is offered between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. With some additional tinkering by mechanics, God knows how much will this number rise in the second gen. The engine will be paired with the six-speed manual, and the customers who want something different will be given an option of an automatic seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
2018 Hyundai Veloster Release Date
For the US market, the second gen Veloster is expected to debut sometime middle or late 2018 as a 2019 model year.