Both the exterior and interior of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster are modeled after high-performance sport bikes as illustrated by accents that include: dual centered chrome exhaust tips and blacked-out A-pillars that give the Veloster’s windows the look of a wraparound helmet shield. Alloy wheels and pedals add to the style, as do brushed metal accents that grace the center stack and controls. Other cool customizations are fog lights and a panoramic sunroof.
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster also boasts more interior room than the Honda CR-Z and the Mini Cooper. With adequate head, shoulder and legroom, its backseat reportedly accommodates an average-sized, 5-ft. 10-inch person, challenging the hatchback’s reputation for cramped space. The Veloster’s unique three-door design features one door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side for easier backseat accessibility than conventional coupes.
Hyundai claims that at an estimated 40 MPG, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster “gives drivers hybrid mileage without the hybrid premium,” and the 138-horsepower, 1.6 liter, direct-injection four-cylinder engine packs a pretty impressive punch. Add to that the novel six-speed dual clutch, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, power windows, door locks and heated windows, and anyone can see why this is one of the most anticipated cars in recent memory. Look for its release in July.
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is expected to start at around $17,000 to $18,000.