When it was unveiled in 2011, the Hyundai Veloster came as a as a spiritual successor to the Tiburon coupe, and it quickly became very popular as a compact coupe with hatchback practicality. This model will be replaced with 2016 Hyundai Veloster that again pushes the limits with delivery of interesting features.
Even original model had a characteristic style and efficient engines, and was equipped with plenty of features for the money, it was still lacking in power for the base engine, limited back-seat access, and harsh ride. After 4 years after the appearance, the first-generation Veloster has finally received a mid-cycle improvement. Planed to hit the market for the 2016 model year, the face-lifted hatchback actually doesn’t come as much of an improvement over the previous model. In fact, the changes are rather small for a car that’s been present for 4 years, and having in mind the fact that the Veloster is competing against the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai must be aware that they need more than just a few nips and tucks.
As far as the exterior goes, the 2016 Veloster received a slight visual refresh. The changes include a refined hood without the previous model’s faux vents, and a slightly bigger front grille, that comes with a dark-gray surround. The standard 17-inch wheels come redesigned, while the optional 18-inch wheels come with 10 mm wider tires. The rest of the exterior features are unchanged, including the “Fluidic Sculpture” styling that was first used back in 2012. The good news is that the new Veloster also comes with the familiar unique exterior design, making it a great choice for the hatchback customers who want to stand out from the crowd.
With the exception of the new optional black seats with yellow highlights and the technology improvements, the inside of the Veloster’s cabin is pretty much the same. The new features include an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch color touchscreen, HD Radio, SiriusXM with Travel Link, and Apple Siri Eyes Free. The 2016 Hyundai Veloster buyers will also get the Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link system with improved infotainment, service and safety telematics. The new service features include Google destination search, remote door lock/unlock, remote start, and stolen vehicle recovery, while the Blue Link comes standard with one year of free Blue Link Connected Care, which provides SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification and monthly vehicle health reporting and maintenance alerts. All in all, the new Veloster comes quite well-equipped.
Under the hood, the base Veloster’s comes with the naturally aspirated, 1.6 l, 4-cylinder engine, which is capable of producing 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. When paired with the 6-speed manual transmission it has the upper mentioned output, while the combination with the EcoShift dual-clutch transmission delivers 132 hp and 120 lb-ft. The base non-turbo car needs more than 8 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, and its fuel economy is rated at 26/35/30 mpg with the manual transmission and 28/36/31 mpg with the automatic transmission. Same engine is offered with attached turbocharger and few changes to internals, this model comes with 201 hp and better performances.
Having in mind that the hatchback received only slight updates for 2016, Hyundai will probably raise the price just a bit, compared to the Veloster’s 2015 sticker. The price of the base version is expected to jump from $18,000 to around $18,300. Turbo version with 201 hp will be priced at about $21,900 and we strongly recommend it since it does offer more power.
2016 Hyundai Veloster Release Date
Even this is a slightly upgraded model we do not expect it to offer many changes and as a result it might not get grand introduction. For the 2016 Hyundai Veloster South Korean manufacturer has planned mid-year introduction or at latest it could be offered during the fall of this year. In few months we will see it on the streets.