First generation of the Veloster after facelift in 2015

The Hyundai Veloster has gone into a new generation, only the second one since it joined Hyundai’s model range in 2011.

Although the design is described as ‘fresh and new’, it retains a similar profile but now sports a bolder ‘face’. The new design was a collaborative effort of Hyundai designers from South Korea and the US design centre in California. As with the first generation, there is an additional passenger side rear door in a unique asymmetrical 2+1 configuration.

It’s not known if Hyundai Motor will do it for the second generation but with the first generation, the additional side door was on different sides depending on whether the car was lefthand drive or righthand drive. Though this meant different side panels, Hyundai Motor seemed willing to spend the extra money to make the car more suited to market conditions. Interestingly, MINI was unwilling to do the same thing for its Clubman model and the location of the extra door was not so suitable for righthand drive variants.

Depending on the market, the new Veloster will have a choice of a 2-litre Nu 4-cylinder engine (147 ps/179 Nm) or a 1.6-litre Gamma turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (201 ps/264 Nm). 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available and the Veloster Turbo gets a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) option as well. All the transmissions were developed in-house by Hyundai.

Torque Vectoring Control is also available and this utilizes capabilities from the Electronic Stability Control and powertrain control systems. It improves dynamic cornering capabilities and should provide Veloster drivers with an incremental margin of cornering precision during enthusiastic driving.

The asymmetrical design carries through to the interior, with a driver-focused interior layout and on the Turbo Ultimate, a contrasting colour environment that visually separates the driving cockpit. Each trim level has unique colours, materials, and accents, further differentiating each model with varying hues and textures.

Like many of the latest cars, the Veloster will have various advanced connectivity features including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The standard 7-inch colour LCD display can be substituted with a floating-design 8-inch touchscreen navigation display. A Heads-Up Display system is also available, projecting a virtual image onto the transparent panel mounted behind the instrument panel and helping the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. Information projected includes speed, navigation instructions, cruise control, Lane Departure Warning and audio system information. When in Sport mode, the system projects more driver-focused information including engine and road speeds and gear in use.

It’s not certain if Hyundai Sime Darby Motors will be keen on importing the second generation of the Veloster. It introduced the model in 2012 and followed up with the turbocharged variant in 2015 but the market for such cars is limited and the number sold was insignificant.

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