UPDATE: Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), has said that the Veloster N is indeed on sale in the Philippines, but it is only for an indent order basis.
The second generation Hyundai Veloster and its Veloster N hot hatch variant made its global debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and quickly enough, the standard Veloster had its local debut just a couple of months later during the 2018 Manila International Auto Show. Sales of the sporty hatch has just commenced quite recently, and it now seems that a dealer has in their possession a Veloster N.
One of our readers sent us these rather high resolution photos of the Veloster N which was located at Hyundai Pasong Tamo, and it really is indeed a local unit, based on the yellow conduction sticker. It is also interesting to note that this particular Veloster N is already owned by the dealer’s customer.
As we can see here, the the Veloster N still carries the signature 1+2 door configuration. The front fascia is highlighted by Hyundai’s “cascading grille”, flanked by LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights. Two character lines run over the wheel arches, highlighting the hatch’s sporting intentions. At the rear, large LED tail lights with a large rear spoiler and more pronounced rear diffuser makes the rear bolder and more aggressive. A small triangular LED third brake light is located at the rear spoiler, which mimics the shape of the red brake lights found in Formula 1 cars, while the rest of the exterior features red trimmings.
Because this is not fitted with the optional Performance Pack found in the US-market, it features the 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 Michelin Pilot SuperSport instead of the bigger 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 234/35 Pirelli P-Zeros.
Likewise, the interior features more aggressive design characteristics compared to the standard Veloster. Though it largely looks the same, many interior pieces are painted in the Hyundai N division’s signature blue color, which includes the seat’s stitching details, the drive mode selector in the steering wheel, just to name a few. An 8-inch TFT LCD touch screen infotainment system is standard, and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood of the Hyundai Veloster N is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine that generates 250 hp and 353 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission, letting this hot hatch spring from 0-100 kph in 6.4 seconds. In other markets, the optional Performance Pack adds an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, larger brakes, active exhaust, and a power bump to 275 hp, while torque remains unchanged.
Interestingly, the Veloster N seems to really be on sale in the Philippine market as the dealer already has a spec sheet and a suggested retail price for the hot hatch.
Not only that, but the Veloster N has an official price, too. According to our source, the Hyundai Veloster N is being sold at P2,058,000, which is priced down to every single peso as the Subaru WRX with EyeSight.