Full pricing and specifications have been released for Hyundai’s new Veloster three-door hatchback, ahead of its Australian arrival later this month.
First revealed at the 2018 Detroit motor show, the quirky three-door hatchback was initially forecasted to land in the third quarter of 2018, but experienced a lengthy delay in the commencement of Australian production.
Three variants will be offered locally – Veloster, Veloster Turbo and Veloster Turbo Premium – with both manual and automatic transmission options.
The entry-level model, simply named ‘Veloster’, is priced from $29,490 plus on-road costs in manual form, or $31,790 plus on-roads with an automatic.
It’s powered by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine running on the Atkinson cycle, producing 110kW of power and 180Nm of torque that’s sent through either a six-speed manual or six-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, sports seats, leather steering wheel and gear knob, 3.5-inch driver information display and LED daytime-running lights.
There’s a moderate level of safety technology on board, including six airbags, urban, camera-based autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver attention monitoring, hill-start assist, reversing camera, rear parking sensors and tyre pressure monitoring.
One step up in the range is the Turbo, priced from $35,490 to $38,490 plus on-road costs depending on gearbox.
As its name suggests, the Turbo has been graced with a force-inducted engine. The 1.6-litre unit is borrowed from the related Hyundai i30 N Line, Hyundai Elantra Sport and Kia Cerato GT, and develops 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque – drive is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Equipment additions over the base Veloster include a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and digital radio, 18-inch gloss black alloys wrapped in sporty Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber, LED headlights and tail-lights, a 4.2-inch driver instrument display, keyless entry, push-button start, cloth/leather upholstery, sports pedals, electric folding mirrors and a sports body kit.
Safety technology also receives an upgrade, with the Turbo specification gaining a radar-based autonomous emergency braking system with higher speed capabilities and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and high-beam assist.
However, it’s important to note that the better AEB and adaptive cruise systems are only offered with the seven-speed automatic transmission – something that will likely affect the Turbo’s ANCAP score.
Sitting atop the range is the Turbo Premium, priced from $38,990 plus on-roads in six-speed manual form or $41,990 with the optional seven-speed DCT automatic. Powered by the same 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo as the Turbo, its equipment list is bolstered by 18-inch machined alloy wheels, leather trim, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front sports seats, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, Qi wireless charging pad and a panoramic glass sunroof.
The 2020 Hyundai Veloster range is on sale now.
2020 Hyundai Veloster pricing (plus on-road costs):
- Veloster 6MT: $29,490
- Veloster 6AT: $31,790
- Turbo 6MT: $35,490
- Turbo 7DCT: $38,490
- Turbo Premium 6MT: $38,990
- Turbo Premium 7DCT: $41,990