Earlier this week, it was rumored that the Hyundai Veloster could be phased out after model year 2021. With sales of the original coupe declining in recent years, one media outlet reported that it could be discontinued after model year in course, but the South Korean automaker has refuted the speculation.
Car and driver contacted Hyundai and the company confirmed that the Veloster would go nowhere and get a 2022 model year. The three-and-a-half-door hot hatch is currently available in 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo and Veloster N trims. , although the model lineup is being simplified for 2022.
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It’s too early to say what trim level will be dropped, but it’s probably safe to assume the top end is here to stay. For the 2021 model year, the Veloster N has a starting price of $ 33,255 with a manual transmission and $ 34,755 with a dual-clutch automatic. As a reminder, the cheapest 2021 Veloster you can buy starts at $ 19,095 for the 147-horsepower 2.0 model.
Last year, sales of the sports car slumped by around 50% compared to 2019. Hyundai only managed to move 7,581 of the model compared to 12,849 the previous year. It’s unclear if the Veloster will get any upgrades for the 2022 model year, but that probably seems to see the sales line down since 2016.
During our review of the 2021 Veloster N earlier this year, our editor Jeff Perez found it to be “one of the best hot sedans we’ve ever driven.” The updated model “punchy, stylish, agile and an absolute bargain” was praised for its “bigger brakes, better seats and the Performance package”.