2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Launched in 2012 as Hyundai ’s first compact with a turbocharged engine, the Veloster Turbo is being facelifted for the 2015 model year, with a camouflaged prototype already stretching its wheels around the company’s research and development center in Germany .

Although details are scarce and the vehicle is hidden under a thick wrap, it’s more than obvious that the Veloster Turbo is getting the same Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 treatment as the company’s larger, premium cars.

The update will begin with a new, larger front grille and will continue with a revised front bumper and headlamps. Round back, the rear bumper and the taillights will also change shape.

What we can see in these spy shots is a set of new wheels, which come in a twin five-spoke format and are finished in a bi-color pattern. A great improvement over the fan-like, cheap-looking rims offered on the current compact .

Some interior updates are likely to be implemented as well, beginning with a revised Supervision Cluster and ending with more soft-touch surfaces and other amenities that keep a cabin modern.

Engine-wise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Hyundai keeping the 1.6-liter four-pot at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A small improvement in fuel economy — now standing at 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway — is likely though.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Facelift.

Spy Shots

May 14, 2014 - First testing session at Nurburgring

Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai Veloster Turbo

May 11, 2014 - First Testing Session

Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Competitors

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Powered by a slightly larger, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit, the 2015 Golf GTI comes with 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 10-horsepower and 51-pound-feet of torque improvement over the 2014 model, which had exactly one horsepower less than the Veloster Turbo. When connected to the available DGS transmission, the engine enables the hot hatch to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Design-wise, the 2015 GTI retains most of its looks and the fact that it’s 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider than the model it replaces is barely noticeable. Likewise, cabin modifications aren’t very significant, although a new touchscreen radio and ambient lighting with LED have been added.

The hatchback is available in three different trim levels, with pricing starting from $24,395. The range-topping GTI Autobahn model fetches at least $29,595. The 2015 GTI can return up to 34 mpg on the highway.

Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST

The Focus ST is the most powerful of the three, having no less than 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque squeezed out of the 2.0-liter, inline-four engine. The oomph goes to the wheels via six-speed manual and propels the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 154 mph.

Launched for the 2014 model year, the current Focus ST received an attractive body kit that includes redesigned bumpers, bigger wheels, a rear spoiler and a host of unique colors and features. Each vehicle is equipped with standard Recaro cloth seats which can be upgraded to either half- or full-leather and plenty of convenience features, including MyFord Touch, Sync and a 10-speaker stereo.

Priced from $24,115, the 2014 Focus ST can fetch nearly $30,000 when selected with the ST3 package. Fuel economy stands at 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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