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Hyundai looks to rattle the Civic Si and VW GTI

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is a revitalized version of a type of car many mainstream automakers are slowly giving up on entirely: the affordable sports car. Rivals like the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen GTI spring to mind but, generally speaking, car companies crank out more and more SUVs and crossovers while this once thriving segment dwindles in numbers. That's too bad, because it takes only a few minutes behind the wheel to realize the crossover and SUV crowd are missing out on a lot of drivin

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How does it match up with the performance establishment?

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is completely new for its second generation, and it will be hitting dealers soon. And in Veloster Turbo form, it promises to be an interesting entry in the highly competitive affordable sporty car segment, one mostly populated by hot hatchbacks such as itself. The question of course is, can it stand up to the establishment, a group of vehicles including models with decades of history? Ahead of an upcoming drive, we decided to compare its specifications with those of the

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It'll come in Turbo and R-Spec trims, plus manual transmission

Hyundai's 2019 Veloster hatchback will start at $19,385 for the 2.0-liter with a manual transmission when it arrives at dealers in the coming weeks. It'll also be available in Turbo and R-Spec trim configurations, which start at $23,785 for a manual and top out at a $29,035 starting price for the Turbo Ultimate fitted with a dual-clutch transmission. All prices are inclusive of Hyundai's $885 freight charge.

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Not until late in 2019, but other big changes could soon follow

Hyundai's N Performance division broke out of the starting gate with the i30 N in Australia, fitted exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. Our first taste of a South Korean blue wonder will be the Veloster N launching later this year, and it also comes with that single gearbox. Hyundai executives told Australian site Car Advice an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is on the way, but that it won't join the party until late 2019. That means we could see it in the Veloster around then

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Could it be a mid-engine Veloster, or something even more interesting?

Motorgraph reports that Hyundai's working on a Theta III engine for a mid-engined car, perhaps hinting at a mid-engined Veloster.

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Here's the breakdown on a restrained refresh.

Hyundai introduces the 2019 Veloster, with massaged sheetmetal, a brand new interior, and more power for the base model.

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo are here. Continuing the two-plus-one door layout, the Veloster features a few new upgrades including a new grille. For more coverage of the NAIAS 2018 head over to https://www.autoblog.com/detroit-auto-show/

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It doesn't have the technicolor dream wrap anymore.

The reveal must be near.

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Opinion

Horse-man of the auto advertising apocalypse.

A case study in how not to launch a brand campaign.

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Check out that zebra-print camouflage.

This appears to be a Veloster Turbo model.

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This will be the first Hyundai N model for the US

Expect at least 250 horsepower from the hot hatch.

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Sadly, it's not going to be an Elantra GT.

While Hyundai won't confirm anything, we're nearly certain it's a Veloster N.

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