Hyundai Veloster made its debut earlier today at the Detroit Motor Show. The 2012 Veloster features a unique third door on the passenger side for easy rear-seat access, Blue Link telematics system, Pandora internet radio with seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-litre direct-injected four-cylinder engine mated to Hyundai’s first dual-clutch 6-speed transmission.
In Europe the Veloster will go against the Renault Mégane Coupé and Volkswagen Scirocco, with pricing set somewhere between the two.
The Veloster is powered by an all-new 1.6-litre Gamma inline-four, that delivers 138bhp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Not very powerful, but should be enough to move the 1,172kg vehicle. What really matters is the fuel efficiency. Hyundai claims the Veloster will get a better highway mileage than the recently revealed Honda CR-Z hybrid, or small B-segment cars like the Mazda2 or Honda Fit. For a detailed overview see the press release below.