Hyundai announced the new 2012 Veloster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Veloster is a 3-door coupe hatchback that features a 1.6-liter GDI Gamma four-cylinder, 138-horsepower engine with six-speed manual transmission (or the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission) with an estimated 40 mpg highway rating. The Veloster has one door on the driver-side and two doors on the passenger-side; however, the exterior door handle has been disguised to keep the coupe look. The second passenger-side door is a forward-hinged rear door, unlike the MINI Cooper Clubman.
The Veloster’s design also draws inspiration from motorcycles with black A-pillars for a motorcycle helmet visor appearance for the glass, motorcycle tailpipe inspired air vents, sport bike fuel tank looking center stack and controls, and a center console that looks like a bike seat.
Other standard features include, 7-inch touch-screen display, integrated Pandora internet radio, Gracenote, virtual CD downloading, a 196-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks, 17-inch alloy wheels, a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, six airbags (dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags), Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, standard Blue Link telematics platform, and video game console connectivity with 115-volt power outlet.
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster will be available July 2011 starting at $17,500.