Hyundai Veloster Coupe spy shots
It’s finally coming to shape, the all-new Hyundai Veloster coupe. Ever since this stylish, small sports car concept was revealed in 2007, motorists and car aficionados have been waiting for it to appear in the streets.
The Veloster is scheduled to be launched sometime in 2011 and these latest spy shots prove that not much have been changed from the Seoul Motor Show 2007 concept car.
Although the 2012 Hyundai Veloster was heavily camouflaged, spy photos clearly reveal the coupe’s Saab-style wraparound windscreen, sloping roofline and short front and rear overhangs.
As expected from Hyundai, this modern entry-level coupe will blend power with attractive styling and impressive fuel economy. Sources close to Hyundai report that the 2012 Veloster will have quite dramatic styling – even more so than the concept car.
John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, promised a body design that is so new it will wow car lovers. He said, “It might be doors or a unique roof or something with the hatch. But it won’t be like anything out there before in the small car segment.”
The chunky, funky, three-door Veloster (or whatever its final name will be) will be released with a two-plus-two layout. Its small and fun exterior will pack a powerful engine, which guarantees “a great power to weight ratio,” according to Krafcik.
The 2012 Veloster will be powered by a range of four-cylinder engines mated to six-speed manual or automatic trannys. The CEO revealed that this front-wheel-drive Hyundai will pack an entry-level 1.6L four-cylinder engine with Direct Injection technology making around 140 hp. And it’ll get over 40 mpg US (5.8lt/100km or 48mpg UK).
Other reports also suggest that the 2012 Hyundai Veloster coupe will feature a turbocharged version of the normally-aspirated 1.6L engine, producing 175 horsepower. Such engine first appeared last year in Hyundai’s ix-onic concept vehicle.
Some ongoing rumors also claim that Veloster, destined for European market, may feature a 184-hp 2.0L diesel engine from just recently launched Hyundai ix35/Tucson as it directly competes against Volkswagen’s Scirocco, which also has a 2.0L TDI available.
Built to replace the Tiburon, Krafcik revealed that this compact car is the size of the sub-compact Accent. He said, “Think of it like a 4-passenger Honda CRX. It’ll be a little car you can take out and ring its neck and still get good mileage. There’s just nothing out there right now with that kind of Eco-sport positioning”
Sales of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster coupe are expected to commence in the summer of 2011 with prices starting at around $16,000. [Source: Autoexpress.co.uk]