While Hyundai CEO John Krafcik didn’t give us full pricing on the upcoming Hyundai Veloster, a tweet by Hyundai’s head honcho did reveal that the highly anticipated sports coupe will start at $17,300 for a 6-speed manual version, while the Dual-Clutch Transmission will cost $18,550, while delivering 40 mpg on the highway.
In addition to a $760 freight charge, options include a “Style” package (featuring 18-inch wheels, a chrome grill, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, leatherette and an 8-speaker audio system) and a “Tech” package (which must be ordered with the “Style” package and features different 18-inch wheels, navigation, automatic headlights, keyless start, backup sensors and a backup camera).
The Honda CR-Z starts at $19,345 and is capable of 39 mpg on the open road. The CR-Z hasn’t fared well in the marketplace, and Hyundai’s massive marketing machine, cheaper base price and superior fuel economy bragging rights may spell doom for Honda’s own sports coupe.
We’ll be driving the Veloster in early September, so check back for more at AutoGuide.com
Hit the jump to see the official press release
Innovative Three Door-Coupe Features Standard 40 MPG and Hyundai Blue Link®
COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the 2012 Veloster three-door coupe, starting at $17,300 for the six-speed manual and $18,550 for the six-speed EcoShift™ Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Veloster is a playful front-wheel drive coupe targeting the likes of Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle and Scion tC while delivering 28/40/32 mpg with the six speed manual and 29/38/32 mpg with the DCT.
Veloster delivers innovation to the compact coupe segment with standard features such as a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, Hyundai’s Blue Link™ telematics system, Pandora® internet radio, seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-liter Gasoline-Direct-Injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission.
Model Engine Transmission MSRP
Veloster 1.6-liter GDI I4 Six-speed M/T $17,300
Veloster 1.6-liter GDI I4 Six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch $18,550
Plus $760 freight charge
Veloster combines design elements of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback, while incorporating an additional passenger-side rear door for uncompromised rear-seat access. In the past, some coupes have used limited access rear-hinged access doors. These coupes have required opening the front door before the rear door could be opened, an inconvenience for drivers and passengers, and difficult to use in tight parking lot situations. Hyundai’s new thinking implements a conventionally-hinged door on the passenger side, providing safe and easy access to the rear seats and a hidden door handle to maintain its coupe design.
In the digital age, buyers expect to be connected all times, so Veloster comes standard with a multi-function seven-inch touch-screen display, Gracenote® display technology with voice recognition and Pandora® internet radio capability.
To assist in fuel savings, Veloster M/T weighs 2,584 lbs, which is lighter than the Mini Copper S, and over 400 pounds lighter than Scion tC. In addition to advancements in fuel economy, the advanced 1.6L GDI engine produces 138 horsepower, which gives it the best specific output in its class.
Veloster sales begin in September.
EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2012 VELOSTER
Three-door coupe design Coupe design with the functionality of a hatch and a passenger-side forward-hinged rear door 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine paired with proprietary Hyundai six-speed manual transmission or Hyundai’s first EcoShift DCT Standard 40 mpg highway with the six-speed manual Standard multi-function seven-inch touch-screen display Pandora internet radio capability Gracenote display technology with voice recognition Video game console connectivity with 115-volt power outlet Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition Standard Blue Link telematics platform Blue Link Assurance provides a free six month trial period of complimentary core safety services including Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Monthly Vehicle Report Blue Link Essentials provides a free three month trial period of Voice Text Messaging, Remote Door Unlock / Lock, Remote Horn and Lights, Panic Notification, Remote Vehicle Start (delayed availability), Alarm Notification, Quick Tips, Location Sharing, Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Maintenance Alert, Recall Advisor, Web Vehicle Diagnostics, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Vehicle Immobilization, Valet Alert, Geofence, Speed Alert and Curfew Alert Blue Link Guidance provides a free three month trial period of Turn-by-Turn Navigation, POI Search by advanced voice recognition system, POI Web Search and Download, Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition, Traffic, Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices, Eco-Coach, Restaurant Ratings and Weather
Standard and Optional Features Veloster starting MSRP is $17,300, plus $760 freight, and includes the following standard features: 1.6-liter GDI DOHC D-CVVT four-cylinder engine with engine cover and hood insulator Six-speed manual transmission 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires Chrome dual center exhaust outlet ESC with TCS and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) ABS with EBD and four-wheel disc brakes, TPMS Six airbags Air conditioning Seven-inch high resolution LCD video touchscreen AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod/USB/video auxiliary input jacks Gracenote Technologies (iPod album cover art and Advanced Voice Recognition) Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition Blue Link – Hyundai Telematics System Trip computer Power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm and bodycolor power heated mirrors Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel Illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions Six-way adjustable driver’s seat and armrest storage box Front LED headlight accents Map lights with sunglass holder Front passenger seatback pocket Rear wiper
Options: Six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters, Hillstart Assist Control, and Active ECO System ($1,250 MSRP) Style Package ($2,000 MSRP): 18-inch alloy wheels with P215/40R18 tires Chrome grille surround with piano black highlights Front fog lights Panoramic sunroof Piano black interior accents Dimension premium audio with eight speakers, external amp and subwoofer Leatherette bolster seats and door inserts Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob Alloy pedals Driver auto-up window
Tech Package ($2,000 MSRP): Requires Style Package Unique 18-inch alloys with painted inserts Backup warning sensors Navigation system with rearview camera Automatic headlights Proximity key entry with electronic push button start 115-volt outlet
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee.