Although still setting trends with its unique design, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster actually is following two recent industry trends as it prepares to launch for the new model year. First off, with a growing number of automakers now updating entries on a yearly basis, Hyundai’s three-door hatchback coupe welcomes some significant new standard equipment ahead of the time it would traditionally be scheduled for a refreshing.
For instance, all models of the 2014 Hyundai Veloster will feature a standard rearview camera system—something that’s in particularly high demand with today’s buyers—as well as a handy driver’s-side blind-spot mirror and daytime running lamps. Also, all Velosters equipped with Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system will enjoy a three-year complimentary subscription to the brand’s Assurance Connected Care program, which includes automatic collision notification, enhanced roadside-assistance coverage, and more.
Then, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds standard Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) to help drivers get the most performance out of its 1.6-liter twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine. That unit already delivered 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque for dynamic performance, but now that latter output is managed by the car’s TVC technology for better responsiveness in at-the-limit cornering. It uses the Veloster Turbo’s also-standard electronic stability and powertrain control systems to deliver more braking power to the inside front wheel, and more torque to the outside one, for what the brand calls “an incremental margin of cornering precision during enthusiastic driving.”
And to really get drivers in the mood for motoring, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo will add standard Active Sound Design. Expected to debut with late availability,this technology enhances the engine note and other powertrain audio cues for a more aggressive soundtrack.
Also, while we’re still waiting on some important details about the 2014 Hyundai Veloster family—including information about MSRPs—the automaker did reveal that it would continue offering limited-run, special-edition models of the Veloster, based on the success of 2013’s RE/MIX edition. In fact, the latest one is scheduled to debut at the just-opened Los Angeles International Auto Show, and you can keep your eye on Autobytel’s ongoing coverage from L.A. for news about that model.