The Hyundai Veloster Turbo has been spotted on local roads again, one week after it was seen cruising around Putrajaya. This time, reader ‘Hachiko Kamileo’ caught up with the same registered white test unit, parked by the side of the road. Our pixman of the day even managed to poke his lens into the cabin.
If this is an indication of the Malaysian-spec Veloster Turbo, manual air-con is the order of the day, like the standard (non-Premium) M/T and A/T Veloster. Also familiar are the seven-inch TFT touchscreen audio system and smart key with push start button, located at the base of the V-shaped centre stack.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel has buttons for phones via Bluetooth, but not cruise control. This car also has front parking sensors and an ECO coach function. Also in sight are buttons for front seat ventilation, a feature not found in the regular Veloster. Expect a panoramic glass roof, too.
Previewed at KLIMS13, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is powered by a 1.6 litre T-GDI engine with 184 PS and 265 Nm of torque, available from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. Compared to the standard Veloster’s 132 PS/158 Nm, this turbocharged coupe will have proper pace to match its striking looks. The unit seen here is a six-speed automatic. A six-speed manual is available in the UK, but not in Thailand.
The KLIMS13 spec sheet listed a 0-100 km/h time of 8.4 seconds for the 1,330 kg car, but Hyundai UK quotes the same time for their 6 M/T version, so the auto should be a tad slower than that. We’re expecting 18-inch alloys, VSC and six airbags from the Veloster Turbo, which has already been spotted at JPJ Putrajaya. Shouldn’t be long now.
Want the performance but don’t fancy the Veloster’s unique concept? Korean sister Kia Cerato Koup, which has a more traditional coupe shape, will also be launching this year with the T-GDI engine.