Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. said the 2012 Veloster 3-door coupe will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $18,999.
Set to hit dealerships in September, the all-new model is said to be “very well equipped” with features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, a back-up camera and a 7-inch touch screen display as standard equipment.
Equipped with a 138-horsepower, 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine producing 123 lb.-ft. of torque, the Veloster can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or Hyundai’s first 6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission. With Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology, the Veloster can achieve highway fuel efficiency of 4.9 L/100km – better than the Honda CR-Z Hybrid.
“The Veloster is a new type of vehicle for Hyundai,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
“The car was designed to appeal to people looking for a compact, stylish coupe with sporty handling to navigate the modern urban jungle and an efficient engine in this era of high fuel prices. We’ve also infused the Veloster with the latest technology to help buyers get the most out of their car. We believe there simply is nothing else like the Veloster on the market right now.”
Pricing for the Veloster starts at $18,999 for a 6-speed manual transmission. Additional standard equipment includes heated seats, Bluetooth, telescopic steering wheel, fog lights, LED position lights, centre-mounted dual chrome exhaust outlets and a sophisticated trip computer. The 6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission can be added for $1,400.
A single, optional $3,500 Tech Package is available, upgrading the Veloster with 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, satellite navigation, premium 450-watt Dimension audio system with subwoofer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, upgraded seat covers and armrest, high-gloss black interior accents, alloy pedals and automatic light control.
A full complement of standard safety equipment includes six airbags, disc brakes at all four wheels and Hyundai’s Vehicle Stability Management system. Braking aids include ABS, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.