2016 Hyundai Veloster (facelift) unveiled in Chicago – IAB Report
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Changes include a new 7-speed DCT for Turbo variants.
At the 2015 Chicago Motor Show, Hyundai unveiled the facelift for their sports hatchback, the Veloster. It brings new changes across the entire Veloster range, including the introduction of a performance oriented “Rally Edition”.
Based on the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, the Rally Editon comes with an exclusive matte blue paint finish, RAYS lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires and carbon-fiber-esque aero accents, which enhance the performance credentials of the car. Inside, it features exclusive options such as “Rally Edition” floor mats and badging.
The only mechanical change in the Veloster Rally Edition is the suspension setup, which features stiffer springs, dampers, and stabilizer bar for sharper handling. Production for the special edition model is limited to 1200 units.
With the new facelift, the standard Veloster now gets an updated 6-point grille, revised hood, and a new 17-inch alloy rim design. An option for black-bolster seats and a new touchscreen display with Apple’s Siri Eyes Free integration round up the changes inside.
Changes for the 2016 Veloster Turbo and Turbo R-Spec models include exclusive 18-inch alloy wheel design, and sportier front seats with better bolsters. For the latter variant, the only addition over the former are new red seat belts.
The standout feature is the new 7-speed double clutch transmission for the 2016 Veloster Turbo variant, which promises fast shift times and better fuel efficiency. For a more involving driving experience, Hyundai has still retained the option of a six-speed manual transmission. Also unchanged is the 1.6 turbo four-cylinder engine producing 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 264.3 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm, under the hoods of the Turbo and the Turbo R-Spec (including the Rally Edition).
The standard Veloster is powered by the naturally aspirated version of the 1.6-liter engine, which produces 138 hp at 6,300 rpm and peak torque of 166.7 Nm at 4,850 rpm. It is paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
Hyundai haven’t announced prices of the facelifted Veloster range or the exclusive “Rally Edition”. It will be available for sale from May 2015.
2016 Hyundai Veloster – Image Gallery
2016 Hyundai Veloster – Press Release
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