On sale next month, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster will open at $18,160 when fitted with the standard six-speed manual transmission and $19,310 for cars with the optional six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch automatic with paddle shifters. Both versions of this smartly styled "three-door-plus-hatch" coupe will carry Hyundai's 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder that features gasoline direct-injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). Making 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque and weighing just 2,584 pounds, the Veloster should be engagingly quick with either transmission, and is projected to net 40 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox.
In addition to a sport suspension, stability and traction controls, 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 tires and anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), the Veloster's generous standard equipment roster includes conventional creature features like air conditioning, a multifunction tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a full array of power assists, cruise control and six airbags as well as an AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system that includes iPod/USB/Aux inputs, Bluetooth and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system.
Beyond its basic transmission upgrade, which also brings Hill Assist Control and the mileage-optimizing Active ECO system, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster will be available with two major stackable option groups. The upgrade sequence begins with the $2,000 Style Package that adds items like a premium audio system, panoramic sunroof, leather/leatherette/piano black interior trim elements, alloy pedals, fog lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/40 tires. An identically priced Tech Package enhances that kit with a navigation system, special 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and a backup warning system.