It's a great time to be a fan of small cars, and Hyundai is nearly ready to add its 2012 Veloster into the marketplace. If you've been waiting for this one to appear in your local showroom, we've got some news for you. Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik just tweeted that it's going to cost you $17,300 for a Veloster. Full pricing is due later this week, but that base price undercuts the Honda CR-Z, arguably its most natural rival, by over $2,000, while offering more room and the promise of 40 miles-per-gallon on the freeway.

While you're waiting for our first drive review, check out our First Ride of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, where Krafcik himself piloted us around for a few miles. Is a base price of $17,300 enticing? Let us know what you think in Comments.

UPDATE: Hyundai has released full pricing/specifications on the 2,582-pound 2012 Veloster. Pricing is $17,300 plus $760 for destination charges. Major options include the paddleshift dual-clutch gearbox at $1,250; Style package with 18-inch alloys, panoramic roof, premium audio and leatherette ($2,000); and Tech Package with unique 18-inch alloys, navigation with rearview camera, proximity key and pushbutton start ($2,000 and requires Style pack). Quoted fuel economy figures are 28/40/32 mpg with the six-speed manual and 29/38/32 with the dual-clutch. Deliveries commence in September. Check out the official release after the jump with all the details.
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Innovative Three Door-Coupe Features Standard 40 MPG and Hyundai Blue Link®

COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the 2012 Veloster three-door coupe, starting at $17,300 for the six-speed manual and $18,550 for the six-speed EcoShift™ Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Veloster is a playful front-wheel drive coupe targeting the likes of Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle and Scion tC while delivering 28/40/32 mpg with the six speed manual and 29/38/32 mpg with the DCT.

Veloster delivers innovation to the compact coupe segment with standard features such as a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, Hyundai's Blue Link™ telematics system, Pandora® internet radio, seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-liter Gasoline-Direct-Injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission.


Model
Engine
Transmission
MSRP

Veloster
1.6-liter GDI I4
Six-speed M/T
$17,300

Veloster
1.6-liter GDI I4
Six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch
$18,550

Plus $760 freight charge

Veloster combines design elements of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback, while incorporating an additional passenger-side rear door for uncompromised rear-seat access. In the past, some coupes have used limited access rear-hinged access doors. These coupes have required opening the front door before the rear door could be opened, an inconvenience for drivers and passengers, and difficult to use in tight parking lot situations. Hyundai's new thinking implements a conventionally-hinged door on the passenger side, providing safe and easy access to the rear seats and a hidden door handle to maintain its coupe design.

In the digital age, buyers expect to be connected all times, so Veloster comes standard with a multi-function seven-inch touch-screen display, Gracenote® display technology with voice recognition and Pandora® internet radio capability.

To assist in fuel savings, Veloster M/T weighs 2,584 lbs, which is lighter than the Mini Copper S, and over 400 pounds lighter than Scion tC. In addition to advancements in fuel economy, the advanced 1.6L GDI engine produces 138 horsepower, which gives it the best specific output in its class.

Veloster sales begin in September.

EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2012 VELOSTER

Three-door coupe design
Coupe design with the functionality of a hatch and a passenger-side forward-hinged rear door
1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine paired with proprietary Hyundai six-speed manual transmission or Hyundai's first EcoShift DCT
Standard 40 mpg highway with the six-speed manual
Standard multi-function seven-inch touch-screen display
Pandora internet radio capability
Gracenote display technology with voice recognition
Video game console connectivity with 115-volt power outlet
Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition
Standard Blue Link telematics platform
Blue Link Assurance provides a free six month trial period of complimentary core safety services including Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Monthly Vehicle Report
Blue Link Essentials provides a free three month trial period of Voice Text Messaging, Remote Door Unlock / Lock, Remote Horn and Lights, Panic Notification, Remote Vehicle Start (delayed availability), Alarm Notification, Quick Tips, Location Sharing, Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Maintenance Alert, Recall Advisor, Web Vehicle Diagnostics, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Vehicle Immobilization, Valet Alert, Geofence, Speed Alert and Curfew Alert
Blue Link Guidance provides a free three month trial period of Turn-by-Turn Navigation, POI Search by advanced voice recognition system, POI Web Search and Download, Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition, Traffic, Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices, Eco-Coach, Restaurant Ratings and Weather

Standard and Optional Features
Veloster starting MSRP is $17,300, plus $760 freight, and includes the following standard features:
1.6-liter GDI DOHC D-CVVT four-cylinder engine with engine cover and hood insulator
Six-speed manual transmission
17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires
Chrome dual center exhaust outlet
ESC with TCS and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
ABS with EBD and four-wheel disc brakes, TPMS
Six airbags
Air conditioning
Seven-inch high resolution LCD video touchscreen
AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod/USB/video auxiliary input jacks
Gracenote Technologies (iPod album cover art and Advanced Voice Recognition)
Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control
Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition
Blue Link - Hyundai Telematics System
Trip computer
Power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm and bodycolor power heated mirrors
Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
Illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions
Six-way adjustable driver's seat and armrest storage box
Front LED headlight accents
Map lights with sunglass holder
Front passenger seatback pocket
Rear wiper

Options:
Six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters, Hillstart Assist Control, and Active ECO System ($1,250 MSRP)
Style Package ($2,000 MSRP):
18-inch alloy wheels with P215/40R18 tires
Chrome grille surround with piano black highlights
Front fog lights
Panoramic sunroof
Piano black interior accents
Dimension premium audio with eight speakers, external amp and subwoofer
Leatherette bolster seats and door inserts
Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Alloy pedals
Driver auto-up window

Tech Package ($2,000 MSRP):
Requires Style Package
Unique 18-inch alloys with painted inserts
Backup warning sensors
Navigation system with rearview camera
Automatic headlights
Proximity key entry with electronic push button start
115-volt outlet

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to like this car, I really do, because I love hatches, its a perfect size, and its starts off at a very good price, but I am having a hard time getting past that front styling. I love the look of the Sonata, but the front clip of this car isn't nearly as good looking.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would consider the civic coupe as a better competitior since it has back seats (one thing I dont like abou the CRZ). Even though the back seats are samll in these types of cars its always nice to have the option and I'm sure it turns away a good amount of buyers (talking abou the crz)
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        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        The only thing worse than a hater is an uninformed hater.
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          @Mobis21
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        kikassboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        old engine? isn't it the new direct injection engine?
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          @kikassboy
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          @kikassboy
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kikassboy
          @Twitter False, you can't just "add" DI to an existing engine....
          Sam C
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kikassboy
          Yes, it is. Misinformation is the lifeblood of idiocy. This "comparison" is simply a way of saying "since we didn't think of it, we'll bash it and make things up." It's a new engine, new trans and very loosely built on the Elantra. The CRZ retains no similarities, driving wise, to the CR-X. Honda fan boys are as bad Michgan football fans. They think they invented the game, all the while the game has passed them by.
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        AB is full of H/K sheeple. I don't even see how this is a competitor for the CR-Z. They're in different size and price brackets. And I doubt the Hyundai will ever see 40mpgs, whereas the CR-Z is running a 38mpg average on fuelly.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @emperor koku
          CR-Z = B Segment Veloster = B Segment. I am not a H/K sheeple, I am just informed unlike you. Please do some research.
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        You realize that the auto reviewers were testing a PROTOTYPE, right?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @4 String
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        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sure the 2 people in the world who have purchased CR-Zs agree with you. There will be 5 Velosters for every 1 CR-Zzzzzzzz. Even that might be a conservative guess.
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      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do I find this car attractive? Not really. Do I find this car interesting? Yes. Do I think this car is good for industry? Hell yes. No other company shines a bigger spotlight on the mediocrity/vanilla of Honda & Toyota. I feel like I keep waiting, saying to myself: "AH! After this car, Honda/Toyota will really have to step it up!" I think I started saying that in 2006...
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JasonERF
        Mazda also, but they focus more on the handling and performance. When the Kodo-designed generation arrives equipped with SkyActiv powertrains, you'll have styling, performance and fuel economy...win win win.
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        HydraulicDragon
        • 3 Years Ago
        What has Honda made in the last 5 years that's been inspiring? They're kind of like a very slightly sportier Toyota.
          Sportbike
          • 3 Years Ago
          @HydraulicDragon
          You don't seriously think this Accent with one door removed is SPORTY do you?
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @HydraulicDragon
          @ Sportbike You don't seriously think the CR-Z with 16" wheels and ~120 horsepower is SPORTY, do you????
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, you guys really seam to like this thing so Hyundai really pulled the wool over your eyes. This is not the sporty Genesis, or even derived from the Elantra. This is a variant of the econobox Accent! They changed the door layout (In this process they made it less aerodynamic as shown by the slightly lower mpgs and gave it a big ass blind spot.) and then they added a premium of nearly $5,000!
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        I don't know how, but I swear I was posting this to AB Green, where this same article is getting nearly unanimous praise. At least today, the grren scene seems to have a much greater ratio of suckers.
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        I thought it was based on the Elantra. Which still means it's a craptacular econobox.
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          @emperor koku
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          BipDBo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @emperor koku
          Nope. Pretty sure it's the accent. Look at the specs and compare it to the 2012 Accent and Elantra, not the 2011.
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        Chopper
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, but there is no defending Honda right now. They suck and lost their competitive edge. Churning out crap for the last 20 years. Check the sales figures and get back to us.
          06SI
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chopper
          2006 Honda civic SI......perfect car
          emperor koku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chopper
          I missed the part where sales mean a car is great for enthusiasts. Isn't Camry the best selling car?
          tipdrip215
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chopper
          20 years or 2 years? While they're not exciting anymore (it's sad the Honda and Toyota worshipping blind sheep won't wake up and smell the Hyundai/Kia roses), the reliablility is still there. But you're right, they have lost their way in the style and engineering department.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chopper
          @ Chopper I don't like Honda, but you are an idiot. 1. Honda is THE MOST reliable manufacturer around, been proven by multiple big name sources. 2. 20 years? Umm no, they still don't pump out "crap" in 2011. It might not excite you, but it isn't crap. 3. Honda's sales are doing just fine, four of their models are at the top of their sales charts in their respective segments. If you are going to make comments like that, please actually back them up.
        subierider
        • 3 Years Ago
        what good is all that great heritage when they have been dumping it in the trash lately. Since S2000, is there any Honda car that you are actually excited about?
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        All Honda is surviving on right now is the Consumer Distorts worshipping blind sheep that buy Accords, Civics, Odysseys, Pilots, and CR-Vs in droves. Their bread and butter appliances. Outside of the Fit I don't see anything else of theirs that is remotely fun.
        Sportbike
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed, this Veloster is for hair dressers that text while driving. They wouldn't like a sweet 6-speed manual CR-Z with actually handing characteristics.
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sportbike
          LOL. You are aware that the CR-Z is hardly a success. What with a all its obvious shortcomings; over priced, underpowered, tight fit and wannabe hybrid pretense.
          tipdrip215
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sportbike
          I've knowingly seen ONE CR-Z since it has been available to the public in all of my red light car-gazing. What a turd.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sportbike
          I'd take a 208HP Veloster turbo over the CR-Z any day of the week.
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm reading something wrong, but the press release doesn't mention the CR-Z as a competitor. Only the Beetle, tC and Mini Cooper. Why even put the CR-Z in that category? Plus all of the others have 2+2 configurations while the CR-Z is a 2 seater only. And it's a hybrid. I don't get how it's a "natural" rival. The cars Hyundai listed are though..... Now just from reading the release, the Veloster doesn't get the FE averages of the CR-Z anyways with it being 32 combined and the CR-Z ranges from 34 manual and 37 combined MPG CVT. Again, I don't see the direct comparison...... With all that being said, it is a nice looking car, just think it needs more engine to back up the looks (like the CR-Z)
        Sportbike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        That's because the Beetle, Mini, and this Hyundia all target the same hair dresser market.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        That is because the turbo is not due until March of 2012. Estimated to be north of 200+ horsepower.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        Mileage.
      r67bennett
      • 3 Years Ago
      HONDUH is really in deep turd now. =}
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @r67bennett
        This must be the epicenter for the ultimate Honda fanboy revival. They're all gathering to blast the new Hyundai offering that fully cements them as the "new Honda".
          tipdrip215
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tipdrip215
          The minus ratings are just ridiculous on some of the comments that actually tell the truth. Go ahead, flood me with down votes too.
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