The Hyundai Veloster is becoming a sharper performance machine for the 2016 model year, thanks to a number of improvements. According to the company, all models will get a new look with a dark gray surround for the front grille, new hood, 18-inch wheels and tires that are 10 millimeters wider. Incidentally, the Veloster also will gain the next-gen Blue Link System and Apple Siri.
Veloster Turbo models will be coming with exclusive machine-finished wheels and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that kicks up the car’s performance abilities. The driver and front passenger will also enjoy sportier seats with larger bolsters designed to not only look better, but hold occupants in place better during aggressive maneuvers. Topping off the interior changes is a black headliner and an enhanced look for the electroluminescent gauge cluster.
The biggest news is the upcoming Veloster Rally Edition, which Hyundai paraded out during the Chicago Auto Show. The company started with the Veloster Turbo R-Spec and outfitted the car with a suspension that is tuned for even better performance. It won’t be mistaken for regular Velosters, thanks to some carbon fiber aero components and unique Rays wheels that shed a significant amount of weight compared to those found on other models. There will also be some Rally Edition badges, just in case people are wondering what’s so special about the car. Black leather upholstery with blue accents, B&M Racing Sport Shifter, and a six-speed manual transmission round out the standard equipment. Matte Blue is the only paint color that will be available, which will also help set the model apart from other Velosters.
The 2016 Veloster will be hitting Hyundai dealerships across the United States in May of 2015. If you want a Rally Edition, you need to be quick since only 1,200 units will be made.