The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is bringing us a new setup which is going to be a mid-life revamp for this car. We have been waiting for any sort of news to come from Hyundai recently and it appears that a facelift model is what we are getting for the time being as a real new generation one is still under way, but will not come now.
The Veloster is known as being the first compact car which has a turbocharged engine and was released for the first time in 2012. The new model has already made its debut in Korea but we are expecting it to receive a release date for the US market soon. The update is going to be as expected for a facelift version as there are going to be minor changes on the inside and outside with the same type of engine being fitted under the hood.
But there are some news related to the drivetrain and they concern the transmission system. The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is going to use a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox and it will replace the previously used six-speed automatic and is going to become a standard unit for the model. Besides better shifting, we expect to get some improved performance numbers and also better fuel economy rates that are also going to appear.
The visual enhancements have not been made in a larger sense this time and have been subdued for this model. This is because, as we are assuming, Hyundai’s wish to save them for a better time or in fact for a new model that is going to be the next generation vehicle. The Veloster is still at least a year from the next-gen vehicle and we may also get to wait even more for it. The idea of investing in a next generation more than in the current Veloster seems as a obvious choice here but in fact this leaves the 2017 model empty handed in a lot of ways.
The Hyundai Veloster 2017 is scheduled for showcasing at the Chicago Auto Show this year while its official release date on the market when the car is going to be also available for sale is next year. Read all about the car in this review and get your facts straight before the official release. Additionally, some other models to look out for in the segment include the 2017 Ford Focus ST, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen Beetle.
2017 Hyundai Veloster Exterior
The designers have not focused that much on the exterior of the 2017 Hyundai Veloster and have only added some minor changes for the outside of the car. It appears that Hyundai has taken a page out of BMW’s book and chosen to update their cars in the same minor. We do not say that this model looks dated but it could have used with a bit of reshaping that is for sure.
The grille and the bumper area continue as completely unchanged items and are going to be identical to before. The only slight change is silver trim that the grille has been given. it gives a premium appearance that way but does not do enough to make the reshaping exclusive.
The headlamps and the taillights graphic have been updated and that is a good thing as it helps to advance the look a bit. There are going to be some new fog lamps and some new alloy wheel designs that are being used this time and makes the car feel a bit rugged and sportier this time, but that is about it.
The interior of the Hyundai Veloster 2017 has received more changes compared to the outside but still not in a grand way that we would hope to happen. The interior additions are perhaps a bit more enticing and start with the center stack and the new button configuration that also comes with new graphics. The steering wheel has been reworked and reshaped and it goes pretty well with an updated instrument cluster.
The inside also now features an entirely new Bose audio system that which is very much appreciated. The interior trim is also equipped with three different color choices and you can get blue, gray, and a burnt orange-like hue as you accent colors as well. The finishing touch for the car is an engine-sound equalizer that gives you the opportunity to chose from one of the avaialbel engine soundtracks that are going to make the ride much more pleasurable.
2017 Hyundai Veloster Engine specs
Under the hood of the Hyundai Veloster 2017 we are expected to see a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that is going to be carried over unchanged from the previous model. This also means that the output of 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque delivered from 1,750 rpm is going to be the same.
The European version is still subdued to only 184 horsepower. The engine does not improve but the brand-new transmission is something that will make the fans happy for sure. This time we are getting a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic which made its official debut on the i30 Turbo in 2014.The currently proposed specs state that the car is able to achieve 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds time, a half a second faster than before, and has the EPA ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 13 ft. 10.1 in. (166.1 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.5 in. (70.5 in.)
Passenger volume: 90 ft³
Cargo volume: 16 ft³
Curb weight: 2679 lbs
Top Speed: 142 mph
0-60: 6,8 sec
MPG: 27/38 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: 26.2 Yellow, Triathlon Gray, Ultra Black…
Towing Capacity: 1069 lbs
Release date and price
The 2017 Hyundai Veloster has already made its debut in its home country of Korea and is available for sale at 27.3 million Korean Won, which roughly translates to $22,000. The Hyundai Veloster 2017 is going to appear on the US market next year and the base MSRP price is set at $22,600 for the manual and $23,600 for the automatic. The release date is scheduled to be in the first third of the year.
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