6-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
Hyundai's commitment to making
the Gamma engine extremely fuel efficient continues by pairing it with a
standard six-speed manual transmission or an all-new, six-speed dual-clutch
transmission (DCT) developed by Hyundai.
Hyundai's new DCT takes the
benefits of a manual transmission, including low fuel consumption and sporty
driving, and blends them with automatic transmission benefits, such as high
comfort levels and smooth shift quality. In addition, the DCT enables direct
connection for high efficiency and uninterrupted torque transfer during shifts.
Automatic transmissions lose power and fuel economy in the torque converter.
Other improvements of a DCT over a traditional automatic include a five to
six percent improvement in fuel efficiency as well as a three to seven percent
improvement in acceleration performance.
Veloster's DCT can be thought of
as two traditional manual transmissions, each with its own clutch operating in
parallel and alternating shifts. Veloster is a six-speed with one clutch acting
on gears one, three and five and the other used for two, four, six and reverse.
This shifting process results in quick smooth transitions with none of the
efficiency loss normally associated with torque convertors. The clutch actuator
assembly features electric motors for actuation, and an external damper improves
This powertrain also has an Active Eco mode which modifies engine
and transmission control for improved fuel economy that translates into more
than a seven percent improvement in real-world fuel economy.
A Lot of
Veloster's versatility and coupe design does not
compromise interior volume. Veloster has best-in-class interior volume for the
compact sporty car segment. Veloster's total interior volume of 105.3 cubic feet
beats the 2011 Honda CR-Z, Scion tC, Mini Hardtop and Mini Clubman.
Chassis and Suspension
The Veloster is fitted with a McPherson strut
front suspension, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a 24 mm diameter front
stabilizer. The rear suspension is a light-weight V-torsion beam, a
Hyundai-first with an integrated 23 mm stabilizer bar to allow bracing of the
arms for greater stiffness and to further control body roll. The rear suspension
also uses monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort.
sport-tuned electric power steering that adjusts instantly to changing driving
conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. A
quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in. Veloster's turning
diameter of 34.1 feet is better than tC's 37.4 feet, CR-Z's 35.4 feet, Mini's
35.1 feet and Mini Clubman's 36.1 feet. Standard are 215/45 R17 tires on 17-inch
alloy wheels. There are two optional 18-inch alloy wheels with lower profile
215/40VR18 performance rubber.
Connectivity and Technology
In the digital age everyone wants to be connected to their electronics at all
times, so Veloster comes standard with a multifunction seven-inch touch-screen
display. At engine start-up, the screen comes to life with a Veloster image and
a unique sound. There are three interface layouts the user can choose from.
Pandora internet radio is integrated into Veloster. The display screen has a
Pandora icon to stream internet radio from an iPhone, Android or Blackberry.
Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the
familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down by pressing an icon. (By selecting the
thumbs down icon that particular song will never be played again.)
Gracenote improves how Veloster drivers access and manage their music through
licensed cover art, enhanced voice recognition capabilities and "More Like This"
automatic playlisting. Gracenote helps organize song metadata from a driver's
music collection, and associates specific genre classifications (e.g. Indie
Rock, R&B, Classical) with the identified tracks. This lets Veloster drivers
create targeted similar music playlists with a single button or voice command
using Gracenote's Playlist Plus technology.
technology improves the accuracy of the system's voice recognition capabilities
for music search and navigation, letting drivers pinpoint bands, artists and
albums with hard-to-pronounce names, irregular spellings and nicknames. For
instance, Gracenote MediaVOCS helps the system understand artist names like
Beyoncé and AC/DC. And drivers can use "The Boss" as a voice command to access
tracks from Bruce Springsteen.
Gracenote also powers the Veloster's 3D
carousel of album cover art, producing a driver-friendly interface that makes it
easy to search for music, select albums and display cover art during playback.
The combination of these Gracenote technology features provides Veloster drivers
a safe and easy way to manage and enjoy their music on the open road.
head unit features virtual CD downloading* which is like having a 10-disc CD
changer on board. This feature allows for up to 10 CDs to be stored on the
systems memory. The systems memory also allows for viewing and storing of jpeg
images, AVI videos and Mpeg videos from a USB stick.
One of the display's
unique features is an Eco Coach scoring system. This system acknowledges
fuel-efficient driving with an eco rewards score and it accumulates points over
time for a total Eco Score. The Eco Coach also provides instant fuel economy
feedback so drivers can compare their average fuel economy with other Veloster
owners on www. myhundai.com.
With video games being an important element
of entertainment, Hyundai integrated a USB jack, RCA jack and 115-volt power
outlet in Veloster to support gaming consoles for ultimate gaming sessions when
Veloster is available with two audio systems. Standard is a
196-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and
iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system with
eight speakers including an eight-inch subwoofer and external amplifier is
available. An XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the head unit
and features channel logos and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather, XM Stock
Ticker and XM Sports Ticker.
A Bluetooth hands-free phone system with
voice recognition, address book download and audio streaming is standard.
Touch-screen navigation is optional. The system also integrates a rear-view
camera, which cannot be found on the CR-Z or tC.
Hyundai Blue Link
"Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package
that works to both help simplify Hyundai owners' lives and reduce distracted
driving," said Barry Ratzlaff, director of customer satisfaction and service
business development, Hyundai Motor America. "We've carefully studied how
drivers rely on smart phones and navigation systems as an innovative link to the
outside world. Blue Link brings that seamless connectivity directly into the car
with technology like voice text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn
navigation, and monthly vehicle reporting. Our agent-assisted advanced voice
recognition system offers a 21st century solution to performing POI searches in
the vehicle. This unique and innovative approach enables Hyundai to deliver
fast, accurate searches and downloads of POIs to vehicles without the
unnecessary costs of traditional operator-only type systems of our competitors."
As part of the Blue Link launch, Hyundai also will provide Blue Link
Assurance on Blue Link-equipped vehicles, which includes core safety services
for an introductory period. These key safety services include: Automatic Crash
Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced
Roadside Assistance. After the introductory period, owners of Blue Link-equipped
vehicles can choose to extend these and other services as desired. Blue Link
package subscription fees will be announced this spring on Sonata.
Veloster's Color Palette
Veloster's light weight, high-efficiency,
and "own-it" attitude are all characteristics of a long-distance runner. That
spirit lives in the bold color palette Veloster brings to consumers, including
Century White, Ironman Silver, Triathlon Gray, Ultra Black, Marathon Blue,
Electrolyte Green, 26.2 Yellow, Vitamin C and Boston Red.
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