Though the Veloster Rolltop C3 might not see production for a few years, the new long wheelbase, or LWB, Santa Fe is set for production and will be available next year.
To accommodate the new third row of seating, the LWB Santa Fe is just less than 9 inches longer than the typical five-seat Santa Fe Sport model. The LWB model has also extended slightly outward and upward, in order to provide ample interior space for all passengers. Designers hope that this will attract large families that need the extra seating.
The flashier part of Hyundai announcement was the new C3 Veloster. The innovative roll-top convertible design allows the top to slide towards the front or rear of the vehicle. The option to roll the top toward the front of the vehicle allows for a flexible and large cargo space, despite the Veloster's small stature. Large items like kayaks and bicycles can easily be carried above the roofline and out over the rear hatch.
Besides this innovative feature, the Veloster C3 also had a strong artistic touch to it. Old repurposed skateboard decks tile the cargo floor in a practical and rugged mosaic, while the rear rims are painted teal, just like the bicycle that the Veloster carried to show off its cargo space. The hatch even included a special groove that would fit the back wheel of a bicycle, making for easy loading and unloading. While the Veloster Rolltop C3 may not see production, it is an interesting demonstration of what the sporty hatchback is capable of.
Shaffer Hyundai is located at 1000 West 81st Avenue, in Merrillville, in northwest Indiana. Drivers interested in learning more about the current Santa Fe or Veloster models should contact a member of Shaffer's sales team or visit the Indiana Hyundai dealership in person. Shaffer Hyundai is proud to continue to serve the northwestern Indiana and Chicagoland area.