• Apr 26, 2010
2012 Hyundai Veloster – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's still cloaked in camo, but the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is beginning to shed its winter skin before its big reveal early next year. Not only has it gone green in the process, but details on its passenger side dual doors and interior are coming into focus.

As we've noted before, the Veloster (or possibly Tiburon) appears to share two different door designs – a traditional opening on the driver's side and a smaller passenger door possibly accompanied by another rear access opening.

Just as interesting as the dual doors, blistered fenders and the sloping hatch is the interior shot our spies managed to snag, showing a modern, triangular center stack with a five-inch LCD display and engine start button mounted low on the central panel. The three-spoke, small-diameter wheel has a sporting flavor to it, as do the deeply recessed gauges, and when the Veloster finally hits dealers late next year, expect Hyundai's recently announced 140 horsepower, 1.6-liter inline four to be underhood, with a turbocharged variant mated to a dual-clutch gearbox available a few months down the road.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the *real* CRX replacement..
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol.. gimme a break emperor. I only quote highway mileage because it's easier to measure than city mileage which is wildly variable.

        Consider that the Sonata is rated at 24 city. That car is about ~3200lb. The non-DI 1.6 is rated at 28mpg city. Given the 3MPG ( both city and highway ) increase on the Sonata before/after GDI, it's safe to assume that the 1.6 GDI will meet or exceed the fuel economy of the CR-Z.

        If anybody is a fanboy here, it's you. You're the only guy on here defending the CR-Z... it takes a true Honda lover to do that... you are the last of a dying breed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Definitely not 0-60.

        CR-Z has been tested anywhere from 9.6-10 seconds from 0-60.

        I can't think of any other economy cars with a manual transmission that are that slow. Maybe i could find one from 1988..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @koku: what makes you think that? the fiesta gets 30/40 while the cr-z gets 31/38. I realize the fiesta is a different segment. But how much heavier do you really think this vehicle will be, while equiped with a DI 1.6.

        And it will have more room than a CR-Z. The only thing the CR-Z will have on this car is the "sporty hybrid" appeal. Not looks. Not economy. Not interior space. Not quality. Not warranty. Likely not 0-60.

        Just callin it like I see it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I can't think of any other economy cars with a manual transmission that are that slow. Maybe i could find one from 1988"

        quite a few FIATs are that slow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol... such a true statement

        Honda just lost another segment of the shrinking industry... even with the reputation they failed to satisfy the basic expectations of the customers who's willing to buy hot hatches or small FWD coupes... what a FAIL move it was to equip CRZ with a lame hybrid powertrain

        SHAME ON YOU, HONDA!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well look at the 2.4 DI sonata being rated at 35mpg hwy, but reaching into the upper 30's on the highway.... yes.... a 2.4!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It will get good fuel economy for what it is, but it won't be near the CR-Z - and that's just reality. To suggest otherwise is disingenuous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hah, I was just making a comment of how the interior quality looks to be approaching CRZ levels, but you are absolutely right! Hyundai is going to beat Honda at their own game. In the near future. If not already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking forward to seeing more info about this car. I hope it doesn't get the Sonata/Verna grille.

      Looks like body shape is overall a more sporty, low slung version of the "angry boar" design language used for the Kia soul.

      Center stack reminds me a bit of a CTS interior, which isn't bad at all. Looks like its approaching honda quality (of say, a Civic or maybe CRZ) but with more style than honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda (and Toyota for that matter) have forgotten how to build fun, inexpensive cars. Of course Hyundai will gladly come in and fill that void!
        • 4 Years Ago
        (Someone's) FAILURE IS A MOTHER OF (Some other's) SUCCESS
      • 4 Years Ago
      You should get your eyes checked out first.

      You seem to buy the brand and not the car.

      Your purchasing decision is based on what others think of you, not what you think of yourself. How lame is that.

      EVERY car makers have design influences from each other. Look at the first Lexus LS having design influence from the Mercedes S class.

      If you think Hyundai is bad wait till you see what the Chinese have in store.



      zapperdude60
      • 4 Years Ago
      almost looks like a 2+1 door a la the saturn 3 door based on the shots of both sides
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks interesting, maybe this will make up for the scirocco not coming here, or make up for the C30 being overpriced.

      Although I really liked the design of the tiburon, I wish they would make a real successor to that and not a hatchback. The genesis coupe is nice but for that $$$ I'd buy a mustang/camaro/challenger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the comparo was done with the high end genesis coupe with base model mustang camaro and challenger. and the mustang v6 beat it in every performance aspect.

        now if u use the 5.0 mustang price of 31000k vs the genesis 3.6 35000k,, the 5.0 would DESTROY the genesis.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Even though the Genesis Coupe beat all three in a recent Motor Trend comparison?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to say. I haven't read the comparison but I had to assume they used the V6 model Genesis Coupe, which starts at $3000 more than the mustang, and $2000 more than the Camaro and Challenger.

        But performance wasn't even the reason I'd go with the other 3. The Genesis coupe's styling doesn't come close to the muscle cars, and its interior is only better than the Camaro. I'm assuming the Challenger came in last in the comparison (it usually does) but that's the one I'd buy. It looks awesome and the new pentastar engine should make it more competitive with the competition in hp and mpg.

        A new tiburon starting around $17k is something I could get on board with though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A few years ago, I would have never expected a turbo four and a dual clutch gearbox in a Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dual clutch transmissions are new, but it isn't Hyundai's first turbo coupe. Remember the Scoupe Turbo? It was the Tiburon's predecessor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai's cars are great on paper but that leads to a slight disappointment in the real world. Generically speaking, the shifter and clutch could use more positive engagements, the steering needs more road feel, the engines need more character, and the suspension needs to be tuned to a point where it can be sporty without being merely harsh. Though the Korean cars continue to "stomp" the Japanese cars' specs with each introduction, the truth is that the Japanese have all these little things figured out. They may be lesser cars on paper but are more enjoyable, due merely to experience. These are companies that have built the 300ZX, RX-7, NSX, Supra, for example. With experience the Korean cars will get there, but they are not there yet. To speed things up, they need to hire people from other companies who have this experience. Like Kia did hiring Peter Schreyer, they now need to scoop up handling/drivability engineers from established companies as well. Just my 2 cents.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Genesis coupe is much more exciting to drive than any japanese car under 40k not named 370z. yes, much more enjoyable than G37 coupe. and no evo is over 40k, and STI is not enjoyable to drive.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @emperorkoku

        Oh, please - I cited Jalopnik (a known, longtime Hyundai-critic) since citing another auto publication would be open to attack that said publication was an import/Hyundai-lover.

        How 'bout the new Sonata beating out the Accord in Car&Driver's latest mid-size comparison - no small feat since C&D is a known Honda-lover (as well as BMW) and the Sonata is the 1st competitor to knock the Accord off of C&D's perch as top mid-size sedan (the Accord still made C&D's Top Ten List last year). (Btw, C&D rated the Sonata's chassis a little better than the Accord's).

        Now, that's not to say that Hyundai's new models are perfect or that they don't need a tweaking here and there.

        But what auto-manufacturer has a perfect line-up?

        For instance, while Honda probably has the smoothest MTs among the mainstream brands, their ATs aren't exactly the smoothest (not to mention having reliability issues).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most Hyundai models are not meant to be sporty, since the target market is the mainstream market.

        And while the Genesis coupe could use a little tweaking, it is widely regarded to have steering feel/feedback worthy of BMW, as well as having a suspension that's heck of a lot of fun on the track (for instance, Jalopnik - usually not a fan of Hyundai preferred the Genesis over the RX-8 and G37 on the track) and an enjoyable sound coming from the 3.8 Lambda V-6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dustin, spot-on analysis. And the responses (citing Jalopnik?) further illustrate your point. This blog just has a lot of Korean fanboys, and I'm not sure why.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that this Hyundai is gonna be a looker...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hasn't Mazda also done small suicide rear auxiliary door(s)?
        And... Saturn too I think.

        Though to be honest, I am not sure I necessarily see that in these pics.
        It would be cool though.
        Overall, at any rate, I agree this looks like it might be a hot-hatch with some appeal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Brad,

        If that's what you think, then I would hate to see your women!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps....with a plastic bag over it's head, underneath a paper bag with six shots of tequila in the dark.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        I'm digging the three-door profile. It's as if Zagato did a Hyundai... like an updated version of their Alfa TZs from the '60s. The central exhaust really tops it off.

        I hope Hyundai has kept weight down and finally has its manual transmission feel sorted out, because if they've banished that shifting-with-rubber-bands feeling, this car should be pretty good fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even the tape is sexy. Thank good theres a poor man Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol @ tha crappy hyundai grill camo from models of yore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, at least it's green. That seems really big these days.
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