• Dec 30th 2009 at 10:30AM
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2012 Hyundai Veloster? – click above for high-res image gallery

Would this, could this be the new Hyundai Veloster? A little background is in order. Way back in 2007, we first saw the oddly named, smartly proportioned Veloster concept at the Seoul Auto Show. No one was quite sure what to make of the funky, chunky little front-wheel drive coupe. A Tiburon replacement? Something else entirely? Who knew? Then word came down that the Veloster was just a concept and that was seemingly the end of it.

Fast-forward two years to February of this year. Hyundai has successfully launched both the Genesis Coupe and sedan. Rumors begin circulating that the Veloster is anything but dead. Not only that, but Hyundai is claiming that it will arrive as a 2012 model in 2011. Fast forward a little more to earlier this month, and during the state of the company address at the new Tucson launch, affable president and CEO John Krafcik tells us that Hyundai is working a new 24/7 plan – seven new models in the next twenty-four months.

Rewind a bit (sorry) to July, 2009 and Krafcik told Inside Line that not only will the Veloster be coming to a dealer near you in 2011, but that the production car will look "70-80 percent" like the concept. More importantly, he advised that the new car can be thought of as a "four-passenger CRX," a car "you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage. Fun and economical, with a great power-to-weight ratio." We love the sound of that. And the more competition there is for Honda's upcoming CR-Z, the better.

All that said, while we're not sure where these shots were snapped, we're pretty sure that this is indeed the new sporty Hyundai. Power will probably come from a 2.0-liter version of Hyundai's new Theta II GDI (Gas Direct Injection) engine, though we doubt it will make 198 horses like the upcoming Sonata. But hey, maybe. More likely power will be in the 150-160 horse range. Also, let's not forget that the Theta II GDI will soon come with a turbo. Can you imagine? A pint-sized, two-door MazdaSpeed3 fighter from Hyundai? We shudder to think. As for the name Veloster, we hope they call it the Tiburon, too. Hat tip to Danny P!




[Source: Bobaedream.co.kr]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      TT for the rest of us?

      If it's a sweet ride, hopefully it will steal sales from the BMW 1 series coupe enough that they ditch it and grace us with the 1 series 5 door in 2012. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank u hyundai and suby for building fun cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well said Paul. It's amazing how Hyundai has advanced that much in the past few years. The Genesis is a great car for the money and I believe that this one will be the same as well. The concept does look pretty good as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously! It's pretty amazing how few truly fun rides there are out there. And from Hyundai no less. Five years ago, I'd never even consider a Hyundai. Now? You'd be a fool not to.

        Between this (potentially), the Genesis, the WRX, the Cooper S, the GTI and the Miata, I think we've got nice choices. But it's amazing that more haven't chimed in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos to Hyundai for building something different. Of all their concepts this is by far my favorite. Small, frugal and fun to drive, whats not to like?

      p.s. new years resolution for ABG, fix the posting system

      Thank you
        • 5 Years Ago
        A MINI without the "look-I'm-cute" styling and euro-tax inflated pricetag... count me in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I'm not exactly hot on how the concept looks, this is great news! I do hope they take some of Peugeot's styling cues though, as their slightly reworked body is straight up hot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's either the new Hyundai Veloster or a giant egg dressed up as a cow. Either way, I'm interested in seeing it without the costume. Who knows, it may surprise us and be good looking?

      -Jeremy
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no need to annotate your messages with your name, since it's listed in the actual post itself.

        -Draaaainage!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is the size of an accent. And its handling will be very "sporty".
      • 5 Years Ago
      coincidence the spy shot came from a Hyundai? (notice the logo on the window)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, probably coincidence. Considering Hyundai plus Kia own close to 80% of the market in South Korea...
      Stop
      • 5 Years Ago
      can anyone believe Peugeot did an exact copy of this car, check this out:

      http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/245068/peugeot_takes_on_puma.html
        • 5 Years Ago
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        Brian and anonymous are evidently mindless TROLLS if they think the Veloster and Kabura look very much alike.

        Heck, the front of the Veloster concept has more in similarity w/ the Aston Martin One-77 concept (w/ the scalloped air dam).
        • 5 Years Ago
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        Brian,

        Here's the best way to tell the two apart:

        In a year or two, you'll actually be able to buy the Hyundai; not so the Mazda. That clear it up for you?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Stop
        I know as much as 1 out of 7 Americans are uninsured so they can't afford to get their eyes checked or fixed, but wow... some people are just absolutely ridiculous.
        • 5 Years Ago
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        Can anyone believe Hyundai ripped off the Mazda Kabura for this concept? Hyundai even used the same color of the Kabura for their concept photos. As soon as I saw the front wheel arches on this thing, it absolutely screams Kabura.

        http://www.roadandtrack.com/migration_articles/photo_galleries/mazda_kabura_concept_-_video_exclusive/gallery
        • 5 Years Ago
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        You are absolutely correct Brian! While what ryuryuryturtuy posted is just an artist's render for Peugeot based on Veloster photo, Kabura is the exact donor of the new Veloster!

        They both have headlights, windows, two doors, and 4 wheels! the 4 wheels!!!! Wow.. yes, they even went to the same automotive paint store and asked for the same exact paint Mazda used on their car! It is absolutely mind boggling!
      • 5 Years Ago
      With their new GDI tech a 2.0L 4 banger could put out at least 180hp, hopefully Hyundai either gives it that much since the 2.4L in the Sonata can get 23 city/35 hwy mpg, imagine what a car this size with a that type of engine could get.

      ryuryuryturtuy, that's a hot find, maybe they could take a few cues from the chop to make the Veloster even better.


        • 5 Years Ago
        Output estimates for the Hyundai World GDI engines:

        1.6 GDI = 140-145 HP
        2.0 GDI = 165-170 HP

        Considering the non-GDI output numbers are 156 HP for the 2.0 World (in the Kia Forte) and 122 HP for the the revised 1.6 (in the Kia Soul), those estimates should be pretty close. Mileage should also be good, since the 2.0 with a 5-speed auto in the Forte FE is rated at 36 mpg EPA. Hyundai/Kia should be pushing 40 mpg highway with the 2.0 GDI and 6-speed automatic combo and easily hit 40 mpg with the 1.6 GDI/6-speed auto combo.

        When the 1.6 & 2.0 GDIs hit the new Accent and Elantra, things should be very interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems like Hyundai is the only car company making moves not only to position themselves for success now, but also so they'll be in a good position 10-20 years down the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Powertrains for this car will be:

      1. 1.6L 140-145 HP GDI=45 MPG est.

      2. 1.6L 176 HP GDI Turbo=41+ MPG est.

      3. Hybrid-1.6 GDI with electric Torque converter-140-145 HP, 50+ MPG est.

      4. TOP SECRET-2.0 Super hot hatch Variant 200 HP+ (gunning for GTI and MINI JCW).
      • 5 Years Ago
      SWEET!
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