2012 Hyundai Veloster
With a curb weight of about 2600 pounds, the Veloster checks in the same range as the CR-Z, and is substantially lighter than the Scion tC. Handling has been an area of rapid improvement at Hyundai, and hot-hatch enthusiasts will be studying the Veloster's hardware bona fides. The front suspension is a MacPherson strut design, with a torsion-beam axle in back. Electric power steering helps give it a tight turning circle, and 17-inch wheels are standard.
Bluetooth and a USB port will be standard on the Veloster. Hyundai BlueLink will be optional; the Veloster promises other add-on features like satellite radio, real-time traffic and weather, a 450-watt audio system, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, chrome and piano-black trim, 18-inch wheels, and fog lamps. Safety features include six standard airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control, while a rearview camera is available. A palette of brightly named colors will include Ironman Silver, Electrolyte Green, Vitamin C, and Marathon Blue.
The 2012 Veloster promises to make life difficult for the Japanese competition--the Nissan Juke, the Scion tC and especially the Honda CR-Z. And oddly enough, in this era of in-car infotainment and sporty hybrids, there's no mention of the Veloster's road performance and numbers.
A first drive in the Veloster is coming later this year. In the meantime, there's more to come on the Veloster and on the rest of the Hyundai lineup from Detroit. Stay tuned here, bookmark our 2011 Detroit Auto Show page, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter @therealma for the very latest from Cobo Center.