Hyundai has announced the pricing and range details of the all-new Veloster which retains its unusual two-plus-one door configuration and now promises more fun to be had behind its steering wheel than before.
The new Hyundai Veloster’s design was a collaboration between the company’s designers in South Korea and California, targeting a younger audience that values expressive looks and involving dynamics.
The first US-spec examples of the new Hyundai Veloster are expected to reach the market in the second quarter of this year, with prices kicking off at $19,385 for the base 2.0-liter manual version and at $23,785 for the manual Turbo model (prices include a $885 freight charge).
Base Veloster models are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that makes 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque. Customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The more powerful Turbo models use the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 201hp and 195lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard fit, with Hyundai also offering a seven-speed dual-clutch unit with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The faster derivative of the new Hyundai Veloster -until the Veloster N‘s arrival- also features a more aggressive setup, with specific springs, dampers and a pair of fatter stabilizer bars front and rear to further improve body control. The new Veloster Turbo also benefits from a quicker steering ratio and a revised steering calibration.
All Veloster models come with Torque Vectoring Control (VTC), which works through the electronic stability control (ESC) and powertrain control systems. The VTC uses wheel-speed sensors with specific ESC algorithms in order to apply precise braking force to the inside front wheel during fast driving. This allows power to be redirected to the outside wheel, reducing wheel spin and enhancing grip and acceleration at corner exits.
As standard, all Veloster models get a wide range of active safety systems including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist and more.
The premium infotainment system features Android Auto and Apple Car Play as standard, as well as a seven-inch display. A bigger, eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the options list, together with SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio and the latest Blue-Link LTE-powered connectivity features.