MIAS 2016: Hyundai showcases much-awaited Veloster Turbo

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, has made a grand return at this year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). And their main highlight was the much-awaited debut of the Veloster.

This is a “sports” compact car that combines the playful design of a sports coupe with the functionality of a hatchback. This makes sense considering that the platform is shared with the Accent. What makes it stand out though is its sloping roofline and it’s asymmetric doors. There’s 1 big door on the driver’s side and 2 smaller doors on the passenger’s. Designers just cleverly hid the rear door handle on the c-pillar, creating an illusion of a 2-door coupe.

The interior features leather-clad seats, auto climate control, and a 7-inch touch screen head unit. This new infotainment system plays radio/CD/MP3 music and pipes it into a set of premium audio speakers.

Under the hood, the Veloster springs to life using a turbocharged 1.6L Gamma T-GDi gasoline engine that pushes 204 hp and 264 Nm of torque. The driver can then maximize using a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with H-Matic for a spirited drive.

When it comes to safety, the Veloster boasts a rigid reinforced steel body and frame with B Pillar Impact Management System. On top of this, it also has SRS airbags and ABS with Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

The Hyundai Veloster is now available in 1 variant - the 1.6L T-GDi GLS 7-speed AT DCT with a price of P1,548,000. Colors available include Sleek Silver, White Crystal, Dazzling Blue, Phantom Black, Sunflower, Vitamin C, and Veloster Red.

For more information about the Hyundai Veloster, visit the AutoDeal Car Guide.

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