As you may know already, Hyundai made quite a buzz when it introduced the 4-door Veloster as the car features two doors on the right side and only one on the left side (as well as the trunk). Priced from $18,060 (inclusive of a $760 destination charge), the new car was build especially for the generation ‘Y’ buyers and promises to be quite a hit on the market and steal Scion customers.
For those who don’t know, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 engine delivering 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 123 lb.-ft. at 4,850 rpm.
The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, but for $1,250 Hyundai offers you a new six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Fitted with the manual transmission, the coupe can achieve 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Now here is the big surprise: according to Caranddriver, it appears that Hyundai is planning a symmetrical Veloster… that’s right folks… a Veloster without its magic… a normal Veloster fitted with five doors.
Apparently, this version will be sold on the right-hand-drive markets such as the U.K., but according to Hyundai this version might also arrive in the United States. Regarding a turbocharged version of the Veloster, Hyundai officials refused to comment!
Making its worldwide debut during the 2011 North American International Auto Show is the new three-door 2012 Hyundai Veloster coupe. Expected to deliver advances to the compact coupe class, it comes with a number of unique features like having a third door to allow for easy access to the seats in the rear and the Blue Link telematics system. Under the hood is the four-cylinder direct-injected 1.6-liter engine which is paired to the brand’s first ever dual-clutch transmission.
For entertainment, occupants can use the Pandora internet radio that includes a 7-inch display with touch-screen capability. From the side, the 2012 Veloster has the Fluidic Sculpture character lines in addition to door handles and mirrors in bodycolor, wraparound headlights on the front and taillights at the back, and the muscular wheel arches. While it will be fitted with the alloy 17-inch wheels, the company will be offering two varieties for the 18-inch wheels. It has with it painted inserts, a first for its segment.
The design of the rear is dynamic as it has the unique glass hatch, lower fascia in black, and the dual-centered exhaust tips in chrome. These manage to complement the front facia especially with its aggressive look. On the interior, its center stack and control have a similar appearance like that of the fuel tank of a bike. There is even a push-button starter incorporated to it. Its air vents have clearly been influenced by motorcycle tailpipes with the floor console echoing the bike’s seat. All around the interior are metallic highlights with the option to have alloy pedals, or shift knob and steering will wrapped in leather.
The main reason why the 2012 Veloster has a unique design is because it is based on a high-performance sport bike. By having the unique A-pillars in black, it makes the glass have a look similar to the visor in a motorcycle helmet. While the front remains to have the traditional hexagonal front grille of Hyundai, it has been made more aggressive with how the hood scoop was detailed and with its distinct LED position lights, another Hyundai signature. Customization packages are offered, including a large panoramic sunroof, fog lights, piano black highlights, and grille surround in chrome.