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Hyundai's first USA market N model leverages the outstanding, new-for-2019 Veloster platform, showcasing an even higher level of performance appealing to the most discerning of automotive enthusiasts.

Hyundai caused a stir in the sports-car world when it introduced the Veloster, a fun little vehicle with such original ideas as having one door on the left side and two on the right. The two-plus-one hatchback's overall profile and proportions are similar to the outgoing model, but modernized.

Production of the Veloster and Veloster Turbo kicks off in March 2018, available in the U.S. from the second quarter.

Stepping up to the Veloster Turbo brings the same 201 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as it had before, mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Standard multi-link rear-suspension across the range further bolsters the Veloster's dynamic potential, aided by local suspension tuning and stronger, more powerful engines.

Look for the 2019 Hyundai Veloster to arrive in show rooms during the second quarter of 2018.

The similarities stars with the two powertrains-the base Veloster continues to use a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder while the Veloster Turbo gets a 1.6-liter, turbo-4.

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Hyundai Australia will reveal more details on the local Veloster line-up closer to its launch in the middle of the year.

The rear end sees the most notable visual differences with LED tail lights that rise up to form the C-pillar and a centre-mounted exhaust outlet in the bold diffuser. This should offer improved fuel economy at the expense of power, producing a reasonable, though hardly Earth-shattering, 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.

Torque Vectoring Control is standard on both, coupling the ESC and powertrain control systems to brake the inside front wheel during aggressive turns. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts. There's also integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and more.

Outstanding cornering is further achieved via an available electronically-controlled N Corner-Carving Limited-slip Differential. To keep everything under control the Veloster N has optional oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors on the front axle and 12.4-inch rotors on the rear. The centre console is topped by a floating tablet screen with a standard 7.0-inch colour touchscreen (or a larger 8.0-inch version in SR models) that can feature a huge array of connectivity functions such as sat nav, digital radio, smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices and a reverse camera. Qi wireless charging is available, as is an eight-inch infotainment display.

Hyundai's high performance N line-up was developed to make the driver's heart beat faster whenever they're behind the wheel. The blue accent theme is carried through, and there's a progressive sequential shift indicator.

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