Khodrocar - Next to lob Down Under will be the all-new Veloster (above), first revealed at this year's Detroit motor show in January, due to launch during the fourth quarter of 2018.
Originally scheduled for a third-quarter release Down Under, the local Veloster line-up will include the base Veloster and mid-spec Veloster Turbo variants. The hi-po Veloster N, meanwhile, remains off the cards for Australia, remaining exclusive to the North American and Korean markets.
In terms of changes compared to the ageing current-generation model, the new Veloster has gone through a generational change similar to that of the current i30, meaning it's underpinned by the company's latest platform (also shared with the Kona crossover), and also bringing Hyundai's latest infotainment and driver assistance systems.
Pricing and specifications are still to be confirmed, though expect 7.0- and 8.0-inch touchscreens with available navigation along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an overhauled cockpit, and the availability of Hyundai's SmartSense technology suite – including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert amongst others.
The entry-level Veloster is powered by the Kona's 'Nu' 110kW/179Nm 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four overseas, and will likely serve as the base engine Down Under, too. A six-speed manual is standard, with a six-speed automatic also available as an option.
Stepping up to the Veloster Turbo brings the 1.6-litre turbo four from the i30 SR, boasting outputs of 150kW and 265Nm respectively. Again, a six-speed manual is standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional.