Hyundai releases Canadian pricing for Veloster turbo

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Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. said its 2013 Veloster Turbo will be priced at $25,999 when it arrives in Canada in July.

A popular model for Hyundai when released as a 2012 model year unit, the only consistent knock from auto journalists was a lack of power. This forced-induction follow-up now adds more power while offering even more aggressive exterior styling and enhanced driving dynamics.

Available in a single trim level, the Veloster Turbo comes packed with an unprecedented level of standard equipment for the segment. Turbo-exclusive features are included both inside and out. A new hexagonal grille, sculpted side skirts, rear diffuser with twin centre-mounted exhaust tips, 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts, and projector headlamps with LED accents differentiate the Turbo model from the standard Veloster.

The automatic transmission starts at $27,249.

Inside, unique two-tone leather seats with stitching are paired with a new electro-luminescent gauge cluster and darker interior trim.

Like the Veloster with tech package, standard features include a 7.0-inch touch-screen navigation system with back-up camera, 450-watt Dimension premium audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy pedals, and much more.

Adding to the list of goodies with the tubo model is Hyundai’s first matte paint finish. A feature gaining in popularity and typically found on more expensive sedans and sports cars, matte grey will be available as a $1,000 option.

Powering the new model will be a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine producing 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 rpm to 4,500 rpm on regular fuel.

Despite producing 46-per cent more power than its naturally-aspirated counterpart, the Veloster Turbo is estimated to consume just 7.5 L/100km in the city and 5.2 L/100km on the highway when equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Hyundai’s 1.6-litre Gamma T-GDI engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that, when combined with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and the GDI system, provides near-instantaneous power delivery with minimal turbo lag.

To handle the increased power output and support Hyundai’s commitment to making fuel efficient vehicles, Veloster Turbo is matched to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission features a wider gear ratio spread than the one found in the naturally aspirated Veloster (5.71 vs. 5.25) to better distribute the turbocharged engine’s additional torque.

All Velosters are fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension incorporating coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers, and a 24 mm front stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a light-weight V-Beam torsion axle with coil springs and monotube shock absorbers. The rear suspension’s integrated 23 mm stabilizer bar braces the torsion arms for greater stiffness and increased control over body roll.