Wondering just how much the 2012 Hyundai Veloster will sticker for when it finally hits dealer showrooms later this year? Hyundai announced today that the Veloster will start at $18,060, including a $760 destination charge.
Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik took to the corporate Twitter account late Tuesday night to let the company’s followers that “the well-equipped Veloster starts at just $17,300,” excluding the destination fee. A longer press release from Hyundai followed earlier this morning, spelling out a few more details.
What does that money buy you? Base Velosters are fitted with a 138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4, and a 6-speed manual transmission. Buyers seeking an automatic transmission can opt for a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission for an extra $1250. Standard content on all Velosters includes alloy wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Thanks to a set of A/V jacks and a 115-volt power outlet, owners could use this very screen to play video games when parked (a feature Hyundai actually touts in releases), but that screen is also tied to an optional rear-view camera and navigation system.
According to Hyundai, Velosters built with the manual transmission will achieve 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Cars equipped with the dual-clutch gearbox are expected to earn 29/38 mpg (city/highway).
At $17,300, Hyundai says it benchmarks the Honda CR-Z, MINI Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle, and Scion TC. In basic configurations, however, the Veloster undercuts them all by about $1,000-$2,000. Expect further pricing information to emerge closer to the car’s official launch in September.