• Feb 22, 2010
2012 Hyundai Veloster/Tiburon – Click above for high-res image gallery

Earlier this year we learned that the Veloster was given the green-light by Hyundai's top brass and with an on-sale date sometime in 2011 as a 2012 model, work on Hyundai's new hatch is well underway.

Caught weathering the wintery climes, the camo-clad Veloster – or maybe more accurately, the next Tiburon – doesn't divulge much about the exterior styling, but compared to the concept, the grille has grown and the roofline's rake suggests that the hatch might be slightly small, or could possibly utilize a dual panel, clamshell-like opening.

Although a front-wheel drive configuration is assured, there's still plenty of speculation about how Hyundai plans to motivate the hatch. The smart money is on a detuned version of the automaker's new Theta II GDI (Gas Direct Injection) four-cylinder, which puts out 200 horsepower when fitted with the new Sonata. The Genesis Coupe's turbocharged four-pot could make an appearance and there's also talk of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder putting out around 140 hp in standard trim or turbocharged to bring output up to between 175 and 190 hp. Judging by the recent spate of spy shots, it's safe to assume that the Veloster/Tiburon is set to debut early next year before it goes on sale in the summer of 2011.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's a new aveo clubman.

      Oh no....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a few things:

      1) This is definately NOT the next Accent. It is also NOT a new Tiburon. It's been said as clear as day by Hyundai's president that the Tiburon is being replaced by two coupes...one being more expensive/larger and slotted a step above the outgoing Tiburon(Genesis Coupe), and the other being cheaper/smaller and slotted in below the outgoing Tiburon(Veloster Concept). Of course...the Veloster Concept looks more like a Scion Scirroco than a coupe, but it is what it is. The name of the final product is neither "Veloster" or "Tiburon", and it's NOT the new Accent.

      2) If you compare these new spy shots to the two old ones, something doesn't seem right. The first couple of spy shots from a couple months ago looked a lot like the Veloster concept, it looked more compact and wedge-shaped and you could see the same roof line/shape. You could also see Veloster design features like the huge wheel arches that made things even more obvious. With these new shots...where did the arches go? It also seems much more elongated and not as tall, some of the roof is still there though. Could there be more than one prototype design, or maybe this round of new shots is just some sort of stripped down test dummy?

      3) I'm at the conclusion that none of these Veloster spy shots are of a finished product. These are all protoypes with unfinalizes designs and proportions that may or may not make it onto the real thing. There's no way that such a boring and conventional B-Pillar placement will be used on this car...there's either a lot of fake junk plastered on (obvious from the white/black strips everywhere around the window frame) or this is just a very stripped down shell of a car being tested for aerodynamics and maneuverability.

      4) Wait until Summer, there'll be better and more finalized prototype spy shots released that should piece everything together for this new Coupe/Scirroco monstrosity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ohh boy thats one goodlooking little hatchback. persoanlly im more prone to like the elantra touring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree the Elantra touring is a nice car! As long as they leave the indash nav or whatever touchscreen OUT of this upcoming car it will be perfect.
        • 4 Years Ago
        mnmlist:

        Quit harping on the touchscreens. They're always optional and no one is forcing you to buy one.

        Sheesh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love how you've made your profile private so people can't look up your 143 posts to see that every single one is you BITCHING ABOUT $#@%@ TOUCHSCREENS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh boy... looking at that b-pillar, it's gonna look a bit different than the concept more than I was hoping...

      http://www.localinfo.in/images/auto-expo-images/hyundai-veloster-side.jpg

      I'm sure it'll look better with the camo, but right now, it looks like smashed up Veyron with 14 inch wheels...
        • 4 Years Ago
        hyundai being good and all but.... Veyron and Hyundai...never in the same sentence again my friend
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring the Tiburon with a base 1.6 DI tubro (with atleast 160-175hp) than have the 2.0L GDI (with 200hp) then have a top teir 2.0L turbo GDI with atleast 260hp that would be one beautiful model range thats for sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Hyundai keeps on this path of aggressive and good new product, they will easily overtake Crisisler car sales / marketshare (w/o Ram trucks)...
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think they already did..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrysler isn't even a blur in Hyundai's rear-view mirror anymore. Hyundai has already blown Chrysler out of the water.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just drop a diesel in it for everyones sake. Great power with a TDI. Great economy - 20-30% over gasoline. Less CO2. No $10K battery to replace and recycle!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai has already shown what it can do for efficiency with the direct-injected gasoline engine in the '11 Sonata. A small displacement direct-injected gasoline engine in this little baby would make much more sense than a diesel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i would rather have the clean air than the diesel thank you very much
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry Hyundai, but who cares? I like the Sante Fe and think Hyundai is a good car. But after test driving the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata this weekend, I came to the sad conclusion that they are still copy cats and still not quite a Honda. After hoping they would break that mold for years in anticipation, I am now no longer so interested.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dave,

        I am not sure I understand your question but I will try to elaborate. Hyundai has always been judged by how well they stack up to the top tier Hondas and Toyotas. Hyundai got a reputation of copying but never got credit for coming into their own. This 2011 Sonata had high hopes that they would. I think it failed. I have driven the 2010 and 2011 Sonata, the Genesis and the coupe, and the Sante Fe. While they are good cars, they were all deemed to copy certain aspects of other car companies for reasonable prices but never sit at the top with them. The 2011 Sonata was not super comfortable, the 4 cylinder engine was loud, and while loaded with features I found nothing fantastic about it. It would be a solid car, but still not quite a Honda (although I am sure you could make complaints about the Honda). I was rooting for Hyundai, I like what they have done with their assurance program and marketing, but I am left with a feeling of disappointment that they will never get over the hump.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be interested in hearing you elaborate on your findings, in particular, how Honda differentiates itself from Hyundai (Accord>Sonata).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at the photo of this prototype under camo, it reminds me of - and looks a lot like - photos of the Scirocco when it was first spied. Here's hoping Hyundai has re-created the Scirocco's looks since VW chose not to bring their hot car to these shores. It would be cool is Hyundai sells us the car many of us wanted VW to sell here, especially since the Hyundai would cost less(!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      i dont see anything see anything right now but from the concept, this car really doesnt catch my eyes like the new Sonata. but i guess i just to wait and see!
        • 4 Years Ago
        i mean the concept car at the auto show... but yea this car is heavily camoed so it can go either ways..lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um it shouldn't?....? camo much...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be very surprised if this isn't the new Accent. They're not gonna call a car the Veloster, and I don't think they will resurrect the Tiburon name, since the Tiburon was essentially replaced by the Genesis Coupe. The Accent SE was a very interesting option in the hatch market, and I think they're ready to give an Accent sheetmetal on par with the Accent and Tuscon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This definitely isn't the New Accent. The New Accent looks like a miniature New Elantra, which looks kind of like a New Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah. I have to say, this looks NOTHING like the concept to me, but it does look a lot like the Accent (in shape).

        They said the production Veloster was going to look very much like the concept. This doesn't, even with the camo and my imagination. I only see "Accent" here.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah. I have to say, this looks NOTHING like the concept to me, but it does look a lot like the Accent (in shape).

        They said the production Veloster was going to look very much like the concept. This doesn't, even with the camo and my imagination. I only see "Accent" here.

        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL. I knew what you meant anyway. I am really interested to see what the new Accent looks like, and what they will have under the hood. I own a '09 SE hatch, and
        I've never liked a car more. If it had a few more ponies and a six-speed, it would be near perfect for me. Hopefully the new version will have both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no way this is the new Accent... The rear wheels are bigger than the front wheels and the wheelbase is far too long. I see a Tucson-like front grille under that camo... I'm not sure what this thing is.

      It could be a new Tiburon (someone said the Genesis Coupe replaced the Tiburon, but no way... the Coupe is much more expensive, much bigger, and no hatch, which leaves room for a Tiburon) or they could be marketing it as something else entirely. That's a really long wheelbase for a Tiburon.
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