Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik just tweeted that the well-equipped 2012 Veloster starts at $17,300. How does that fit in with similar vehicles from other companies? Well, that small amount of cash can't buy you a Honda CR-Z, a Mini Cooper or even a Scion TC, all considered competitors of the soon-to-be launched Veloster.
Of course, in this class of vehicle, fuel economy tends to reign supreme. No problem there, says Hyundai. The Korean automaker promises Veloster drivers will see 40-plus miles per gallon out on the highway. Compared to the CR-Z's rating of 35 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, the gas-only Veloster seems ready to compete. Add in that Hyundai's sporty coupe achieves 40-plus mpg with a conventional 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine – eschewing the cost, complexity and weight of a hybrid system – and it would seem Hyundai has a winner in the works. Of course, the $17,300 price is just for the standard six-speed manual. If you opt for the six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch, you'll have to pay a still-reasonable $18,550. For more on the Veloster, check out Autoblog's First Ride.
Innovative Three Door-Coupe Features Standard 40 MPG and Hyundai Blue Link®
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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.
1.6-liter GDI I4
1.6-liter GDI I4
Six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch
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. For more information on Velosters' advanced technologies and safety features visit http://hyundainews.com/Media_Kits/2012_Models/veloster/Press_Release.asp.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Proximity key entry with electronic push button start
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
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