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Well, that’s quick – just hours after a photo of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo surfaced on Facebook, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially announced that the asymmetrically-designed hot hatch is now available for booking ahead of its expected local introduction in mid-April.

It’s been a long time coming, this car – it was first spotted at JPJ in October 2013, before it appeared at KLIMS 2013 for a public preview. At the motor show, we were told that the car would be launched in 2014, so it now comes here a year late. Well, better late than never, we suppose.

Still, in the intervening year the Veloster Turbo has switched over to the new mildly facelifted version, which comes in with more than its fair share of updates. Very few of them can be gleaned from just looking at it – there’s a new silver-trimmed front grille, a new 18-inch alloy wheel design and…that’s about it.

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What’s more interesting is under the skin, where the Turbo gains a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission that replaces the preceding six-speed auto. The 1.6 litre turbocharged and direct-injected T-GDI engine it’s mated to remains the same as before – our mill gets the European tune, producing 186 PS (18 PS less than in other markets) at 5,500 rpm and 265 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.

Also announced was indicative pricing for the Hyundai Veloster Turbo – the RM150,000 provisional sticker is inclusive of the upcoming 6% GST but excludes insurance. A five-year/300,000 km warranty is included. And yes, it will come in matte grey.


Pre-facelift Hyundai Veloster Turbo at KLIMS 2013