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Hyundai Veloster Series II on sale in Australia from $24,490

Hyundai Australia has announced the arrival of the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Series II, bringing a new seven-speed dual-clutch auto option for the SR Turbo, revised prices, and improved handling.

2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo Series II

There are four variants available this time around, spanning from the Veloster, Veloster +, Veloster SR Turbo, to the flagship SR Turbo +. All get new, wider tyres measuring 225/40, mounted on 18-inch alloy wheels.

Engineers worked hard in Australia to refined the suspension tune for the new model, which included going through 49 different suspension combinations. The result is a reduction in front stabiliser bar thicknesses, from 24mm to 21mm in the non-turbo models and 24mm to 22mm in the SR Turbo, to allow for more independent front wheel movement.

Meanwhile, front spring rates have gone up from 2.6 to 2.7 to compensate for the stabiliser change, and the dampers have been fine-tuned for improved low-speed operation. The electric steering system has also been overhauled, getting a 32-bit processor instead of the outgoing 16-bit arrangement. The SR Turbo + version provides the driver with three steering modes as well.

As for the engines, they remain untouched. The non-turbo models keep the 1.6-litre four-cylinder producing 103kW and 167Nm, while the SR Turbo models get the 1.6 turbo producing 150kW and 265Nm. Fuel economy ranges from 6.4L/100km for the non-turbo (manual and auto), 6.9L/100km for the turbo manual, to 7.1L/100km for the new dual-clutch automatic turbo.

Inside, the top-end SR Turbo + comes with ventilated and heated front seats with colour accents, while both SR Turbo versions get a special new sports instrument cluster. All models feature a 7.0-inch LCD touch-screen interface and a rear-view camera as standard, with four-sensor parking assistance. The Veloster + adds sat-nav, leather, a panoramic glass roof and climate control.

2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo Series II-interior

The new model is on sale now from the following prices (excluding on-road costs):

2015 Hyundai Veloster Series II manual – $24,490
2015 Hyundai Veloster Series II 6spd DCT auto – $26,990

2015 Hyundai Veloster + Series II manual – $29,490
2015 Hyundai Veloster + Series II 6spd DCT auto – $31,990

2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo Series II manual – $29,990
2015 Hyundai Veloster Series II 7spd DCT auto – $32,490

2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo + Series II manual – $33,990
2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo + Series II 7spd DCT auto – $36,490

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.