Hot-hatch fans had themselves a funky alternative to then-heavy hitters like the Subaru WRX and Mazdaspeed3 with the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, which debuted in 2012 following the arrival of the standard Veloster a year prior. For the 2015 Chicago auto show, Hyundai will unveil a refreshed Veloster with tweaked looks and more technology. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo will receive additional upgrades, including a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a limited-run Rally Edition that builds on the sport-focused R-Spec.
Tech leads the way
Hyundai is aiming to position itself as one of the first automakers to integrate the next generation of infotainment technology, and that will start with the addition of Apple CarPlay in Hyundai products, in concert with its Blue Link system. That isn’t coming to the 2016 Hyundai Veloster just yet, but all Velosters will get hands-free Apple Siri integration with the upgraded Blue Link system. Bluetooth comes standard, while navigation and rearview camera technologies are optional.
Raising the bar at the base
The biggest changes we’ll see on the base 2016 Hyundai Veloster will be aesthetic and equipment-based. There are no big changes under the hood, where Hyundai still offers a 1.6-liter inline-four putting out 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque when mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission, or 132 hp and 120 lb-ft with the optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Revised styling for the front end includes a slightly different hood without vent accents, and front grille now incorporating a dark gray grille surround. There are also newly designed 17-inch wheels with 0.4-inch wider tires, and an option for 18-inch wheels.
New DCT for the Turbo
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo carries on with its 201-hp turbo-four, making 195 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual will remain standard for all turbocharged Veloster models, while a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission developed by Hyundai is now available as well. There is already a seven-speed dual-clutch at work in the new Sonata Eco, where it also pairs with the turbocharged Gamma 1.6-liter mill. Hyundai says the transmission is engineered to handle the greater amounts of power and torque compared to the six-speed dual-clutch transmission in the base Veloster.
Also new to the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo are sportier front seats with beefier bolsters, a revised gauge cluster, red seatbelts for the R-Spec model, the same wider tires as on the base Veloster, and model-exclusive 18-inch wheels.
Veloster Rally Edition
Hyundai will build 1,200 units of the Veloster Rally Edition, exclusively in Matte Blue paint. Compared to the Turbo R-Spec, the Rally Edition gains lightweight wheels that shave off a total of 20 pounds, exterior aero accents in faux carbon fiber, a special sport shifter, and unique badging. Significant mechanical upgrades include a sportier suspension with revised spring, damper, and stabilizer bar tuning.
Fuel economy gets a slight bump
There aren’t any sweeping changes to the Veloster’s efficiency, but it will get slightly improved EPA fuel economy ratings across the model range. The base, 1.6-liter manual Veloster sees its city fuel economy improve from 26 mph to 27 mpg for 2016. For the base six-speed dual-clutch model, both city and combined ratings rise by 1 mpg, for a total of 28 city and 31 combined mpg. Manual-equipped Veloster Turbos also will get a 1-mpg better rating in the city, now at 25 mpg. For Turbo models equipped with the new seven-speed dual-clutch, ratings are more markedly improved. The old six-speed torque converter automatic had ratings of 24/31/27 mpg city/highway/combined, while the new transmission is rated for 27/33/29 mpg.
More information, such as pricing details, will come following the debut of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster at the Chicago auto show. Vehicles will arrive in showrooms in May 2015.