Hyundai Veloster (2012–2015)

Model History

January 2011

Hyundai Veloster announced

The Hyundai Veloster differentiates itself from traditional coupes through its unique three-door configuration, which includes am additional rear door on the passenger side for added practicality and useability, giving safe and easy access to the rear seats. A hidden exterior door handle ensures the attractive coupe design is maintained. 4,220mm long x 2,650mm wide x 1,399mm high.

The car’s dynamic profile has been inspired by Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ form language. Distinctive black A-pillars give the glasshouse a striking appearance, set above unique character lines in the bodywork. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille, bonnet scoop details, athletic wheel arches and wraparound headlights provide the Veloster with an assertive form at the front and side. At the rear a distinctive glass hatch and centre-mounted exhaust complete the sporty look.

The Veloster is available with Hyundai’s latest powertrain technology, including the company’s first six-speed double-clutch transmission. Equipped with Hyundai’s new, efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDI petrol engine, the Veloster will be a coupe without compromise, offering driving enjoyment combined with high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

In Europe the Veloster will benefit from Hyundai’s industry-leading Five Year Triple Care package that includes a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

March 2011

Shown at Geneva. With Hyundai’s new six-speed double-clutch transmission and an efficient 140PS 1.6-litre GDI engine, the Veloster has CO2 emissions of just 137g/km, ther lowest of any petrol engined sport coupe.

October 2011

Hyundai announced full pricing, specification and insurance group ratings for the anticipated all-new Veloster. On sale in the UK in February 2012, prices from £17,995 on the road with an insurance group rating of 16E. Offers style, functionality and economy delivered with a high level of standard specification.

The Hyundai Veloster is available in two trim levels (Veloster and Veloster Sport) and powered by an efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDI petrol engine, generating 140PS. It will be available with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or Hyundai’s first dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai’s Blue drive technologies – incorporating Intelligent Stop & Go technology and low rolling resistance tyres – will feature in the Veloster line-up ensuring competitive CO2 emissions of 137g/km and a combined fuel economy of 47.9mpg.

Standard features, which set the Veloster apart from other competitor offerings are 17-inch alloy wheels, 215/45 R17 tyres a 7-inch Touch screen media centre (with capability of playing games through consoles and films from smart phones), Bluetooth Connectivity with voice recognition, climate control air conditioning, reversing sensors, front and rear fog lights and striking LED daytime running lights. The Veloster also features a stereo RDS Radio/CD Player with MP3/WMA compatibility and an iPod connection, with the ability to control all functions on the leather steering wheel for added convenience.

The Veloster Sport has 18-inch alloy wheels with colour inserts, 215/40 R18 tyres, black leather upholstery with heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide function, cruise control, keyless entry with engine start/stop button and sporty alloy pedals.

A media pack - containing touch screen satellite navigation with rear view parking camera, Parking Guidance System and 7 speakers including Amp and subwoofer – and red leather interior are available as options on the Sport only at an extra £1,100.

All Hyundai Veloster models are supported by Hyundai’s industry-best, fully transparent Five Year Triple Care assurance. This package offers five-year unlimited warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

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March 2012

Veloster Turbo announced

Powered by a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine. First model with Hyundai's T-GDI engine which is based on the standard 1.6-litre GDI engine but fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger. The new engine is designed to offer plenty of low down performance which is accessible in everyday driving. It has an air-guided intercooler and a direct fuel injection system. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 8.4 seconds in the manual version which is 1.5 seconds faster than the standard non-turbocharged Veloster.

Veloster Turbo gets a quicker steering rack with revised calibration for more precision in corners plus better feedback through the steering wheel. The suspension has also been enhanced with a more sports focussed set-up. Same positive-shifting six-speed manual as the standard Veloster, but with a wider gear ration spread to handle the extra torque.

Other changes include a sport-tuned engine intake and exhaust with the angular central tailpipe of the normal Veloster replaced by two larger circular exhaust pipes, giving a louder sound. On the outside there are unique bumpers, a different grille plus a new rear spoiler and LED rear lights along with 18-inch alloys with chrome inserts.

September 2012

The turbocharged version of the Veloster 1+2 door coupe will be available in showrooms from September 24 priced at £21,995.

The Veloster Turbo SE is the first vehicle to feature Hyundai’s 1.6-litre T-GDI engine with a high-compression, twin-scroll turbocharger. To best suit European driving tastes and enhance driver enjoyment, power output has been boosted and low end torque increased.

It develops 186PS (184bhp) and 195lb ft (265Nm) of torque and is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission featuring wider gear ratios. This delivers a top speed of 133 mph and acceleration from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds. Maximum torque is delivered between 1,500rpm and 4,500rpm and the benefit is a more engaging and responsive drive. Firmer dampers ensure improved body control.

As with all Hyundai powertrain offerings, efficiency has been maximised so in spite of increased performance, the Veloster Turbo SE offers CO2 emissions of just 157g/km with fuel economy of 40.9mpg on the combined cycle.

On the outside the Veloster Turbo SE retains the standard car’s unique 1+2 door layout but with the addition of visual enhancements designed to give the car an even more athletic and purposeful look. The front bumper, radiator grille and front fog lights are new to the Turbo. The rear also benefits from a revised bumper, which includes a new fog lamp design plus round twin exhausts and diffuser. A longer and wider rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light is included in the visual changes along with a red “Turbo” nameplate on the bottom right of the bootlid.

The Veloster Turbo SE offers new 18-inch alloy wheel designs with chrome inserts. These are complemented by a moulded side sill, which gives it a low and sporty stance. Three colour options will be available for the Turbo SE namely White Crystal (Solid), Phantom Black (Pearl) and another Hyundai-first a Matt Grey finish. The Pearl and Matt Grey paints cost £445 and £525 respectively. A tilt and slide Panoramic sunroof is available for £950.

Inside, the Veloster Turbo SE also receives an unprecedented level of added standard specification to make it the ultimate version in the Veloster range. It features re-designed leather seats with grey panels, with the “Turbo” nomenclature embossed on the driver’s and passenger’s seats. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable with lumbar support.

Hyundai’s 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, incorporating media centre and reverse parking camera with parking guidance, comes as standard. With navigation, buyers also receive an upgraded eight-speaker sound system including amplifier and subwoofer.

As with all new Hyundai products, the Veloster Turbo SE is backed by the manufacturer’s fully transferable 5 Year Triple Care assurance package. This includes a five year unlimited mileage warranty, five years free roadside assistance and five years vehicle health checks.

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