The hot hatch is getting a big update.
In one of the automotive industry's worst-kept secrets, the Hyundai Veloster N will soon be getting a new dual-clutch transmission option. Hyundai was first spotted with a Veloster N test mule with the DCT on the Nurburgring in Germany and the timing for this reveal seems to lineup closely with the 2020 New York Auto Show, which was canceled due to Covid-19.
The Korean automaker recently posted a series of teasers on its Hyundai N Instagram page, showing what clearly looks like an updated Veloster N. In the latest video posted on Monday, Hyundai shows the 2021 Veloster N looking similar to last year's model with a few key changes inside.
The most obvious change is a new shifter design, which looks to be exactly the same as the one found on the Elantra GT N Line albeit with an N logo on top. This knob will control a new eight-speed DCT, which will also appear on future models like the Sonata N Line and Kia Forte GT. On those cars, the DCT will be mated to a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder but we expect the 2021 Veloster N to keep its 2.0-liter mill possibly producing more power.
There are two other obvious changes that are worth mentioning with this 2021 car. The first is a new set of racing seats, which look more bespoke and aggressive than the ones currently found in the Veloster N. They also have cool light-up N emblems. We aren't sure if these seats will replace the current ones or if they will be an optional extra.
The second focus of the teaser is a new drive mode called 'N Grin Shift.' Hyundai tells fans to "take your guess, tag a friend, and check back later to see who's right," in regards to what this drive mode might potentially do. We are pretty stumped, as it looks like the feature initiates some sort of countdown on the gauge cluster helper screen. Perhaps N Grin Shift preps the exhaust for a burble, so it emits the best possible sound when downshifting. Based on the frequency of these teasers, the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N should be revealed soon.