2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo -- First Drive, San Diego, CA, June 19, 2012
The Veloster's turbo is the big change for the 2013 model year, but the base car gets some updates as well. Fuel economy is up to 40 mpg highway, the same as the manual-shift car. (Turbos are rated at 26/38 mpg with the manual, and 25/34 mpg with the automatic.)One thing hasn't changed, and isn't likely to. That's the Veloster's unconventional four-door arrangement--one on the driver side, two on the passenger side, and a hatch in back. Though Hyundai sells a version with a conventional pair of driver-side doors in other markets, it's decided not to bring it to the U.S.
"We could do the five-door version at the blink of an eye," says product-planning VP Mike O'Brien, but for clarity's sake, he says the distinctive Veloster will only get four doors here in the States. For those who want five doors, O'Brien points to the coming 2013 Elantra GT, a fastback companion to the Elantra sedan and the two-door coupe, the latter also new for the 2013 model year.
We've driven the Veloster Turbo, and our first drive is on the way--but not until next week. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection and MotorAuthority for the word on the new hot hatch on June 27.