The new-generation Hyundai Veloster has had its launch timing changed once again, with its arrival brought forward to late in the third quarter of 2019.
UPDATE, 24/7/19: Hyundai Australia has confirmed all local versions of the Veloster will get the more dynamic suspension specification as standard (McPherson front, multi-link rear), unlike the previous generation and other models in the company's Australian stable.
Final pricing and specifications are still to be confirmed, though the Korean brand has previously confirmed core models for our market – the Veloster and Veloster Turbo. The high-performance Veloster N remains left-hand drive only.
The entry-level model, simply named 'Veloster', is powered by the same 110kW/179Nm 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated Atkinson Cycle four that does service in the Kona crossover.
Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. It's unclear whether Hyundai's local division will offer manual transmission options.
Stepping up to the Veloster Turbo swaps out the 2.0-litre for a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine shared with other models like the i30 N-Line and Elantra Sport, developing 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque.
The turbo motor also drives the front axle, via the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto with paddle shifters. Again, it's unclear whether both transmissions will be available locally.
Both models feature torque vectoring via braking, and a suspension system featuring McPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear setup, unlike the US where only the Turbo gets the more sophisticated chassis.
A key step up from the ageing previous-generation model is the availability of the company's latest driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, high-beam assist, driver attention monitoring, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
Inside, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on entry-level variants overseas, while a larger 8.0-inch unit with native navigation is available on higher grades coupled with an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.
Other available goodies on the US model include a head-up display, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for a full pricing and specifications rundown for the all-new Veloster in the lead-up to its third-quarter launch in the coming months.