The old . . .

The new . . .

Hyundai has taken the wraps off an all-new Veloster.

But you’d be forgiven for not being able to tell the difference.

The differences, for the most, are very subtle — but the three doors remain.

Hyundai describes the styling as more intense and dynamic, enhancing the 2+1 door coupe’s unique design DNA.

A steeper roofline, increased bonnet length, and boldly sculpted wheel arches develop a powerful and refined coupe image.

Inside the cabin, an asymmetrical design for the instrument panel and dashboard reflects the exterior styling, putting the focus on the driver.

Digital performance gauges (torque, G-force and turbo boost) combined with sports steering wheel and seats further reinforce the new Veloster is engineered to be driven.

Veloster benefits from a comprehensive Australian-specific chassis tune, to maximise the high-performance potential of the improved body rigidity and lightweight independent multi-link suspension.

Other notable driver focused upgrades include a quicker-ratio electric power steering system, enhancing steering responsiveness, and Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) which improves performance during cornering.

Veloster is available with a choice of 110kW/180Nm 2.0-litre MPi Atkinson or 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged powertrains, the latter featuring up to 275Nm over-boost function.

The 2.0-litre multi-point engine is the same unit that can be found in Kona and develops more power and torque than the previous 1.6-litre GDI direct injection engine.

The 1.6-litre turbo carries over.

The entry 2.0L MPi engine is offered with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Veloster Turbo and Turbo Premium are offered with a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT).

Drive Mode Select offers Normal and Sport modes with the manual as well as Eco and Smart modes with the automatic or DCT.

A fresh palette of exterior colours, with the option of a black two-tone roof, and a range of striking 18-inch alloy wheel designs complete the package.

Prices startt at $24,490 for the entry level 2.0-litre with a 6-speed manual.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.