This update should help Hyundai sell more of them.
The 2020 Hyundai Veloster N is one of the few cars on sale today that is only available with a six-speed manual and no automatic option. Its key competitor, the Honda Civic Type R, is also sold sans automatic but other options like the new Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R will have a dual-clutch transmission. We are all for offering more manuals but Hyundai knows it is leaving some sales on the table by not offering an automatic option.
For over a year, the Korean automaker has been spotted testing a Veloster N prototype with a new DCT. It is expected that this new transmission will be Hyundai's new eight-speed DCT that will be found in a variety of upcoming products, mated to the company's new 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. While the Veloster N likely won't be getting the 2.5T, is should get the DCT quite soon.
The new transmission is expected to be included amongst the list of updates for the 2021 model year Veloster N. With several automakers already releasing 2021 MY vehicles, we predict the 2021 Veloster N could make its debut as soon as April at the 2020 New York International Auto Show.
We aren't sure if any other major changes will come to the Veloster lineup for 2021 but the addition of the DCT to the top N model should help open it up to more buyers. The long wait for this transmission came because Hyundai's seven-speed dry-clutch DCT that's currently used in the Veloster Turbo and several other models couldn't stand up to the additional torque of the Veloster N. This new wet-clutch unit will better handle the N's grunt.
The Veloster N produces 250 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or 275 horsepower if you get the Performance Package, which also adds a limited-slip differential. Pricing for the Veloster N is a bargain at $27,600. Adding a DCT will likely increase the price above $30,000, which is still great value amongst hot hatchbacks.