Hyundai Tiburon replacement to be less expensive and smaller in size
New entry-level Hyundai coupe coming to U.S. in 2011!
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has initially been expected to be a direct replacement for the current generation Hyundai Tiburon, but Hyundai officials denied that and confirmed that Genesis Coupe will be a stand alone model, while Tiburon will be getting its own replacement within two years!
According to John Krafcik, the next generation will be positioned below the current Tiburon and will also be smaller in size and lighter as well.
“The new coupe will have a lower price point, kind of eco sport positioning, where it is not going to be all about performance. It’s going to be very stylish with its exterior design resembling that of Veloster concept car. It is also going to be very fuel efficient.” said Krafcik.
They will all share the same front-wheel-drive platform and will be powered by 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Krafcik did not provide additional powertrain details, but I am pretty sure the entry level Hyundai coupe will benefit from Hyundais latest 1.6L turbo engine, generating up to 180 horsepower.
Various press reports also note that Hyundai has been considering to drop the Tiburon name and replace it with the new one. Since this new entry-level coupe will be very close (techniacally and styling-wise) to the Veloster concept, that name is being considered. The Veloster name sounds great nd would suit the new coupe very well. But Tiburon is not a bad name either so we will have no probs if Hyundai keeps it.
Hyundai has yet to announce the official debut date, but it is expected the new entry-level Hyundai coupe will make its first official appearance during the 2011 US auto show season.