But one version lives on.
Hearing news that a coupe, convertible, wagon, or hatchback has been discontinued almost feels like a daily occurrence at this point. Following slow sales, a recent rumor predicted Hyundai would stop selling the Veloster. The Korean automaker recently released its 2022 model year changes and, alas, the guide confirms the earlier rumor: the standard Veloster and the sporty Veloster Turbo won't hang around for the 2022 model year.
Hyundai lists the Veloster 2.0, 2.0 Premium, R-Spec, Turbo, and Ultimate as "discontinued due to expanded SUV lineup that includes Venue and Kona."
The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N model remains available as a carryover, sporting a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As a reminder, the base Veloster uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 147 horsepower, while the Veloster Turbo boasts a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged engine developing 201 hp. We will miss the sporty performance found in the Veloster Turbo, but this same engine is still available in the Elantra N-Line. And if only one Veloster model could live on, we are happy it's the 275-hp N model.
The Veloster's partial death indicates a move away from small sports cars to more practical N models such as the Elantra N and Kona N. These models will perform similarly to the Veloster N but appeal to more buyers.
As for the other information included in the update, most was stuff we already knew. Aside from the Veloster, Hyundai will also discontinue the Ioniq Electric "due to upgraded Kona Electric and Ioniq brand announcement." In some minor news, the release mentions a new "XRT" trim level for the Santa Fe and Tucson. The XRT is a new rugged trim level that will likely compete with vehicles like the RAV4 TRD Off-Road and Subaru Outback Wilderness. Hyundai has not shown the XRT models yet but should do so soon.