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Hyundai's Veloster will get 40 mpg on the highway without the use of hybrid technology

We've talked about Hyundai's Veloster on a few occasions here at DailyTech. These days, many companies are using expensive electric motors and lithium-ion batteries to achieve 40+ mpg in their vehicles. Hyundai, however, is sticking to lightweight platforms and advanced engines to achieve the same feat.

The latest "40 mpg" addition to the family is the 2012 Veloster, which is quite odd being that it has three passenger doors in addition to a traditional rear hatch. The driver's side of the vehicle has a single door, while the passenger's side of the vehicle has a shortened front door and a small rear door to aid in accessing the rear seat. 

When it comes to the vehicle specifications, Hyundai has managed to keep curb weight to a minimum at just 2,584 pounds in 6-speed manual form. The six-speed, dual-clutch transmission (DCT) version weighs in at 2,657 pounds. Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that develops just 138 hp.

Hyundai says that a Veloster equipped with a DCT will get up to 40 mpg on the highway. The company, however, has not disclosed EPA city ratings for either transmission or highway ratings for the Veloster equipped with a 6-speed manual.

The Veloster will come standard with a 7" touch screen with integrated Pandora Radio support. Hyundai's new BlueLink telematics system will also be included as standard equipment.

Now we come to the styling. The Veloster is likely to draw love it/hate it comments from people who lay eyes on it. While its style is certainly distinctive, it's asymmetric design, bulges, and gaping front bumper are sure to find a fair share of critics.

However, there are two things that play into the Veloster favor. First off, Hyundai officials state that the vehicle will start at a relatively affordable $17,000, which is not bad for a sporty vehicle with good EPA numbers. The second "plus" for the Veloster won't come until sometime next year. Edmunds Inside Line reports that the Veloster will get the a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter engine good for around 175hp -- the Sonata Turbo's 274hp, 2.0T engine is also a distant possibility. That should make for quite a little "pocket rocket", but won’t do Hyundai any favors when it comes to EPA numbers.

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RE: Need more DIESEL
By bjacobson on 1/11/2011 12:27:03 AM , Rating: 2
those turbo diesel MPG numbers you're using are probably with imperial gallons not US gallons.

RE: Need more DIESEL
By tyger11 on 1/11/2011 9:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, no. My 2001 Jetta TDI just got 46mpg on a roadtrip between Seattle and Portland a few months ago, and my car needs some serious work. It weighs more than this, and is using an old engine design, not the new one. A modern turbo diesel would rack up some impressive mileage numbers in a light weight car.

RE: Need more DIESEL
By Keeir on 1/12/2011 4:18:34 PM , Rating: 2
It we assume the Velostar really WILL get 40 MPG on the HWY. Putting in a similar diesel engine should net ~48 MPG HWY due to the higher energy content of diesel alone. It is entirely possible if you wish to reduce power somewhat (say from 140->110 that would match the CRZ power to wieght) that 50+ HWY could occur. Imperial numbers would be in the 60s (for diesel) and the 50s for gasoline.

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