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Toronto, Ontario – Hyundai presented the Canadian premiere of its unique Veloster three-door coupe at the Canadian International Auto Show today. The 2012 Veloster has a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, a standard seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine mated to Hyundai’s first six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT).
The Veloster combines the style of a coupe with the functionality of a hatchback, all the while incorporating an additional passenger-side door. In the past, some coupes have used small, rear-hinged access doors. The design of these coupes was compromised because the driver-side door had to be opened to access the rear door. This setup proved to be inconvenient for both the driver and passenger as well as extremely difficult to operate in tight parking spaces. Hyundai’s fresh take on the idea includes a conventionally hinged door on the passenger side of the Veloster, providing safe and easy access to the surprisingly spacious rear seats. In order to maintain the classic coupe style, the passenger-side rear door handle is cleverly hidden in the C-pillar.
The all-new Gamma 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to utilize Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). GDI technology allows for much greater control over fuel injection than traditional multi-port systems, helping deliver estimated highway fuel economy of up to 4.9 L/100 km, more power, and lower emissions. The application of dual continuously variable valve timing (D-CVVT) on intake and exhaust camshafts generates further improvements in efficiency. The Gamma 1.6-litre engine delivers an estimated peak output of 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.
The Veloster is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an all-new six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) developed by Hyundai. Unlike conventional automatics where the torque converter saps power and harms fuel economy, the DCT allows a direct connection between engine and transmission. A DCT delivers a five to six per cent improvement in fuel efficiency as well as a three to seven per cent improvement in acceleration performance versus a torque converter automatic.