The 2012 Veloster delivers innovation to the compact coupe segment with a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, Pandora internet radio with 7-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine mated to Hyundai’s first EcoShift dual-clutch transmission.
Veloster’s unique design takes inspiration from a high-performance sport motorcycle. Veloster has distinctive black A-pillars that give the glass a motorcycle helmet visor appearance. Veloster comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels and offers two types of 18-inch wheels.
Veloster’s dynamic rear design has a distinctive glass hatch, dual centered chrome exhaust tips and black lower fascia that complements the assertive front fascia.
Inside, the center stack and controls resemble a sport bike fuel tank and incorporate an available push-button starter. The air vents are inspired by motorcycle tailpipes, while the floor console mirrors the seat of a bike.
The all-new Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). GDI technology helps deliver estimated highway fuel economy of up to 40 mpg, lower emissions and higher reliability.
The 1.6-liter engine delivers an estimated peak output of 138 horsepower and maximum torque of 123 lb.-ft. Hyundai’s commitment to making the engine extremely fuel efficient is done by pairing it with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an all-new, six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
EcoShift DCT takes the benefits of a manual transmission, including low fuel consumption and sporty driving, and blends them with automatic transmission benefits, such as high comfort levels and smooth shift quality.
Base model estimated mpg: TBD
Estimated starting price: TBA
Compiled by Motor Matters