Spyshots: Hyundai Veloster Turbo Getting a Facelift

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Our car spies stationed in Germany have managed to take the very first images of a redesigned Veloster Turbo, a model that's coming down Hyundai's pipeline later this year.. It's heavily covered in two types of camouflage and thus obscures most of the big changes, but we can tell they will target the front and rear ends of the car.
In the past year, Hyundai has revealed a number of new premium cars, all of which are designed using a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 language. We think the Veloster will receive similar look, with sharper lines and an Audi-like grille. Interior changes are also planned and hopefully engineers will do something about that numb steering.

Although considered a Korean car brand, Hyundai has a strong R&D team in Europe. Their Frankfurt test center gave us award-winning models like the i30 and ix35, and now changes are being planned for the ill-fated coupe.

There are a number of different things wrong with the Veloster Turbo. First of all, the European models don't have that much power: only 186 hp, compared to over 200 hp that American models get. A lot of B-segment hot hatches use 1.6-liter turbo engines, but the Veloster doesn't have the direct steering of a Ford Fiesta ST and its fuel consumption figures are not much different to a Golf GTI's.

It's also quite expensive considering the Hyundai badge is not associated with fun cars. An automatic Turbo costs €28,630 in Germany, so understandably, most buyers look to VW, Ford or Renault for their small, fun cars. Hopefully, the facelift will make the Veloster more appealing.

Launched in 2012, the Turbo was Hyundai's first compact with a small turbo engine. Its main selling points are the shooting brake body and the asymmetrical doors, similar to the MINI Clubman. Turbo models have their own unique styling, with wider fenders, a more aggressive front grille and 17-inch wheels. Round the back, LED lighting and very large twin exhaust mounted in the middle.

Based on Hyundai's typical modus operandi, the Veloster Turbo should debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this fall.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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