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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster has launched in its home market with subtly revised styling inside and out and a number of mechanical and sporting enhancements.

Information published on the Hyundai’s South Korean website indicates it’s the Veloster SR Turbo that benefits most from the mid-cycle update, which is due to reach Australia during the second quarter of this year.

The 2015 Turbo variant gets new silver trim around its front grille, tweaked headlight graphics and foglights and fresh alloy wheel designs, while the cabin gains a perforated leather steering wheel, revised instrument cluster, and new two-tone theme with colourful highlights on the leather seats, seatbelts and centre console grab handles.

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The big news is beneath the surface, where the Veloster SR Turbo trades the previous model’s six-speed automatic transmission for a seven-speed dual-clutch unit, which it shares with facelifted 2015 Hyundai i30 small car that’s headed our way in March.

The transmission is said to improve the Veloster’s performance and fuel economy.

The Veloster SR Turbo also picks up what Hyundai calls an Engine Sound Equaliser, which allows drivers to modify the sound the car makes and its volume, with options such as Dynamic, Sporty and Extreme.

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Adding to the enhanced audio experience is a new Beats Audio sound system, which makes its way into the updated Veloster SR Turbo.

There are no changes to the engines of either variant, with the entry Veloster continuing to produce 103kW and 166Nm from its naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and the SR Turbo extracting 150kW and 265Nm from its boosted mill.

Hyundai Australia public relations manager Guido Schenken told CarAdvice the 2015 Veloster will go on sale locally in the second quarter. He confirmed the SR Turbo would get the new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, but said all other specification details were still to be finalised for our market.

Click the Photos tab for more images of the 2015 Hyundai Veloster.




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