We see many unlaunched Hyundais in Malaysia, thanks to Hyundai having a training centre here in Glenmarie. Some Hyundais that we’ve seen here but haven’t reported on include the Genesis, Genesis Coupe, and Azera – they were all here in left-hand drive form for training centre usage, but have no chance of being launched here in the near future because these cars aren’t made as right-hand drives in the first place.
But here’s one new Hyundai worth talking about. Not only is it an RHD car, but it was sighted at JPJ Putrajaya instead of in the vicinity of the training centre, which means it’s probably going to be launched soon, if them blokes at JPJ are having a go at it.
This is the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, powered by a turbocharged 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDI engine producing 186 hp and 265 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. That’s a big power bump over the normal 132 PS/158 Nm Veloster, which was launched here in November 2012. A peek into the interior shows an automatic gear shifter, which means this car is the six-speed auto version.
You can differentiate the Hyundai Veloster Turbo from the regular Veloster not just by the Turbo badging on the rear – the Turbo model gets a more aggressive front and rear end, with a larger grille at the front and larger round-shaped tail pipes at the rear.
The non-turbo Veloster was sighted at JPJ Putrajaya in September 2012 and was launched in November 2012. That’s a short time between the sighting and the eventual launch. If the Veloster Turbo follows similar timing, could we see it make an appearance at KLIMS?