Hyundai Veloster

Monday, 26 March 2012
The Veloster’s unique design combines the style of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback, while also incorporating an additional kerb-side door.

Hyundai’s fresh take implements a conventionally hinged rear (third) door on the kerb-side of the Veloster, providing safe and ready access to the surprisingly spacious rear seats. The kerb-side rear door handle is hidden to maintain an uncompromised visual flow.  

The cabin space reflects a stylish, modern and fun-to-drive feel while remaining practical by delivering conveniences such as a multi-point lighting system and power-touch window controls for all windows, with driver side new ‘anti-pinch’ safety technology. There are numerous stowage options for front and rear passengers.

Visual features balance the cabin rather than dominate. A striking two-piece panorama glass roof features in the Veloster + models and becomes the focal point of the light and airy interior.

Sports bucket seats and a power driver’s seat (Veloster + models) incorporating lumbar control provide the ideal seating position.  

The latest in multimedia technology includes a large 7” LCD touch screen displaying all information and enabling occupants to watch DivX movies when the vehicle is stationary. A ‘Dimension’ Premium Audio system further enhances the in-car entertainment experience, incorporating an in dash DviX MP3 CD player and AM/FM radio tuner, four speakers, a centre speaker, two tweeters, and a subwoofer all powered by an external amplifier.

All driver management systems, including audio, phone, trip computer, speed limiter and cruise control, are operated with steering wheel mounted finger-tip convenience. Twin paddle-shift automatic transmission controls, for enthusiasts who enjoy sport-style manual gear selection, are standard on the automatic variants.

Driver and passenger comforts include; trip computer with instant and average fuel consumption, distance to empty, trip distance, average speed & elapsed time readout, tyre pressure monitoring, height adjustable front active head restraints, height adjustable rear head restraints and front sports bucket seats and climate control air conditioning (Veloster + models).

The Veloster is powered by the all-new Gamma 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, the smallest Hyundai engine to use Petrol Direct Injection (GDI). The use of direct injection technology in the Gamma engine helps deliver an estimated combined fuel economy of just 6.4litres per 100kms*, with low emissions, and high reliability.

Hyundai is one of an elite group of automakers who design and manufacture their own transmissions. Hyundai’s commitment to making the Gamma engine extremely fuel efficient continues by pairing it with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an all-new six-speed DCT developed by Hyundai.

The six-speed manual transmission is built with a key-and-ball-type synchromesh and optimised gear tooth forms, for enhanced precision and smoother shifting.

Hyundai’s new DCT takes the benefits of a manual transmission, including low fuel consumption and fun driving, and blends them with automatic transmission benefits, such as high comfort levels and smooth shift quality.

The new DCT can be driven like a standard automatic, providing smooth and seamless shifting with the efficiency of a manual transmission.

Alternatively, the driver can manually select gears using the steering wheel mounted paddle-shift levers or conventional transmission lever - achieving traditional manual transmission driver involvement, with rapid and responsive gear changing.

Speed sensitive Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) is used on Veloster in-lieu of a conventional hydraulic system utilising an electric motor to enable varying degrees of power assist for different situations. MDPS not only minimises weight and fuel consumption, but allows integration with the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system.

Tuning of the MDPS system was performed in Australia to suit local conditions and driver preferences.

The Veloster achieves the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

Complete with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies Veloster comes standard with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), ABS with EBD & Brake Assist System (BAS), and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) on DCT models.

The VSM system integrally manages the active safety features (e.g. ESC, TCS, ABS and EBD) and Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system. VSM enhances directional stability by applying the active safety features as needed and by providing counter steering assistance for the driver, helping the driver steer the vehicle in the correct direction.

The implementation of VSM can alleviate the loss of vehicle control which can be experienced whilst applying sudden braking or rapid acceleration under asymmetric (wet/dry) road surface conditions, as well as sudden lane changes.

Occupant safety is heightened in the event of a side collision through the application of an asymmetric dual centre rail roof and pillar structure.

For increased protection in a frontal collision, both the dash cross member and dash cross side member have been engineered to increase strength.

All variants feature a full host of advanced passive safety features including six airbags as standard; including driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side (thorax) and full-length curtain airbags, height adjustable front active head restraints, load limiters and height adjustable front seat belts.

For parking with safety and ease, the Veloster is fitted as standard with a reverse camera built into the tailgate handle. Images from the camera are relayed into the 7” centre console LCD screen for the ultimate in driver convenience.

A rear park assist system is standard on all variants. It operates when parking or manoeuvring the vehicle in confined spaces. Parking sensors mounted on the rear bumper enhance safety by sounding an audible alarm when an obstacle is detected.

Pricing starts at $23,990 plus on road costs for the 1.6-litre six-speed manual transmission.

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