A nice surprise at the Hyundai booth at this year’s Thailand Motor Expo is the second-generation Veloster, with a Turbo variant being put on display at the event. This is part of an official preview for the model, with a launch set to take place in the Kingdom next year. The coupe was first revealed at last year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, and features a significant redesign to its exterior and interior.

Like the first-generation model, the two-plus-one asymmetrical body style is retained from before, but the overall design has evolved to be more angular. The front face now sports a wider, hexagonal-shaped grille, which is paired with sharper headlights, a sculpted bonnet and an aggressive-looking bumper.

Down the sides, the new Veloster cuts a familiar profile as its predecessor, although the roofline has been altered slightly to promote better rear cabin headroom, which also warrants a reshaping of the side windows. Cues such as the flared fenders and gently scalloped section are carried over, but are further emphasised here.

The rear end continues the evolutionary approach to styling, as the noticeable bulge on the first-gen is still present, albeit less pronounced and accompanied by larger, reflectors in the corners. The scalloped sections on the tailgate have also been omitted, with the new-design, two-piece taillights pushed closer to the base of the larger rear window. The central-mounted, twin-pipe exhaust is specific to the Turbo variant.

Moving inside, we see an all-new dashboard layout that does away with the prominent V-shaped section for the infotainment and climate controls. Instead, there’s now a free-standing touchscreen display flanked by two smaller air-con vents, while the controls for the infotainment have been pushed down to beside the push start button.

Further down is the climate control switchgear, followed by the gear lever and drive mode selector. The centre stack has also been tweaked to be more driver-focused, with a higher partition placed on the passenger side, while other items include a new steering wheel and instrument cluster.

Under the bonnet, the Veloster Turbo features a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 264 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm – an overboost function brings peak torque to 274 Nm. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters and Shiftronic gear control – the latter being what you see here.