Hyundai introduced its cutting-edge Veloster three-door coupe in a world unveiling at the North American International Auto Show. The 2012 Veloster features a exclusive third door for easy rear-seat access, a standard seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine mated to Hyundai’s first six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT).
The Veloster’s unique design takes motivation from a high-performance sport bike. The Veloster has distinctive black A-pillars that give the glass the appearance of a motorcycle helmet visor. The hostile front end features Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and LED position lights along with hood scoop detailing. Optional packages add a chrome grille surround, piano black highlights, fog lights, and a huge panoramic sunroof.
Its new 1.6-litre GDI “Gamma” four-cylinder engine is corresponding with a six-speed manual transmission or Hyundai’s first six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission. Highway fuel economy is expected at up to 4.9 L/100 km, better than the Honda CR-Z Hybrid.
The Veloster features standard multi-function seven-inch touch-screen display, Gracenote display technology with voice recognition, virtual CD downloading, video playback (.avi and .mpeg) and image display (.jpeg) via USB, video game console connectivity with accessible 115-volt power outlet, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition.