Hyundai Automotive Resources Inc. (HARI), which officially distributes Hyundai in the Philippines, launched the Veloster Turbo coupe at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show.
It is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection inline-4 producing 201 horsepower and 265 Newton-meters of torque that is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with sequential-shift mode. That engine resides beneath a low, long hood that leads to sharply raked headlights that flank a very large grill. The front fog light clusters and the subtle front spoiler balance out the balance.
Down the side, the Veloster has a squared windshield line that swoops down to a sleek hatchback. Fender flares accentuate the 18-inch alloy wheels, while a small side skirt adds to the sporty appearance. The Veloster looks like two completely different cars depending on which side you look at it, with one long door on the driver’s side and two smaller doors on the passenger’s side.
At the back, the Veloster’s rear glass is separated by the rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the lines from the teardrop-shaped taillights extend to the hatch. Finally, two exhaust tips pop out from the center of the lower-rear diffuser.
Climate control, ESP
Stepping inside the big door, the Veloster has a well-equipped interior that has a design that it shares with other Hyundai models. The center console is topped by the 2-DIN head unit with USB and auxiliary input, with buttons for the automatic climate control underneath.
The Veloster also comes with a push-start button, a 60:40 split-folding rear seat, front, front-side and curtain airbags, a reversing camera, Hill Start Assist and Electronic Stability Program. The Veloster Turbo is the only Veloster variant that HARI will sell, costing P1.548 million.