Hyundai has announced that the Veloster will be powered by the 1.6-liter T-GDI, a turbocharged version of the same gasoline-injected unit that the current model uses. The announcement was made at the 2011 Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference. The 1.6 T-GDI is expected to be fitted with numerous applications as Hyundai has made an investment amounting to KRW 69.5 billion ($61 million) and spent 52 months into this engine.
With the turbocharger, the 1.6-liter’s output was given a boost to 204 hp (from 140 hp). This improvement makes it comparable to the MINI JCW models from BMW.
Hyundai said that to maximize fuel efficiency and performance, the engine features an exhaust manifold integrated turbocharger with twin scroll, air guided intercooler, direct fuel injection system and dual CVVT. It also has a bed plate and a serpentine auxiliary belt to make the engine more reliable.
Hyundai also announced the existence of the Euro6 version of the R-2.0 diesel, which is capable of 150 hp and offers a drop in NOx emissions.
Woong-Chul Yang, Hyundai Motor Co. Vice Chairman, said that there’s a more intense competition in the development of powertrains and other core technologies because the environmental regulations and policies vary between nations. He said that Hyundai Motor will boost efforts to create future powertrains that have high-performance and eco-friendly engines and transmissions.
The distinctive design of the Hyundai Veloster is derived from the high-performance sport bike. In particular, the new Veloster features black A-pillars, which give the glass an appearance similar to a helmet visor. The front end of the new Hyundai Veloster is distinguished by hood scoop detailing, Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille flanked by hallmark LED position lights.
Customers are given the option to adorn their Veloster with a chrome grille surround, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof and piano black highlights. On the other hand, the profile of the new Hyundai Veloster is marked by "Fluidic Sculpture" character lines as well as muscular wheel arches. It is also marked by body-colored door handles and mirrors as well as wraparound headlights and taillights.
Completing the side profile of the new Hyundai Veloster are 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. Two types of 18-inch wheels are offered with the higher-end model featuring painted inserts.
Meanwhile, the rear end of the new Hyundai Veloster is specified with a characteristic glass hatch and dual centered chrome exhaust tips. Interestingly, its black lower rear fascia perfectly harmonizes with the front fascia. On the other hand, the interior of the new Veloster features center stack and controls that resemble a sport bike fuel tank and even comes with an available push-button starter.
Its floor console looks similar to a motorcycle seat while its air vents take their inspiration from bike tailpipes. In addition, the interior is laden with an array of metallic accents. Customers may also avail of alloy pedals and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.