This is the ’19 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, caught while out on a test run near California City.
Hyundai will continue to make its compact sporty car entry distinctive, despite a redesign. The overall profile is very similar to the current car that was first shown in 2011, though the front should be updated and the rear appears to have a lower and wider look to it. It’s likely to again be based on the latest Accent subcompact, so the size of the Veloster shouldn't change too much.
The rear door on the passenger’s side only will also continue, judging by the obvious rear-door handle on the right side of this prototype and a covered-up rear quarter on the driver’s side. The A-pillar is a different design to the old car, however, and the glass on the rear hatch extends even further than before, possibly to give more light to rear passengers.
Engines should continue to include a low-powered model, a faster Turbo variant likely benefitting from the Elantra Sport's 200hp unit and a new N performance model from Hyundai's new subbrand, which will get a special exterior design package and handling and power upgrades.
Expect to see the new Veloster next year.
Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde