• Jul 6, 2010
2012 Hyundai Veloster – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our ever-vigilant long-lens warriors have managed to snag a passel of photos of the new Honda CR-Z fighter from Hyundai. The little hatch has shed a portion of the camouflage we've seen in previous spy photos, giving us a clear look at some of the three-door's (or is that four-door's?) sheetmetal. Near as we can tell, the compact has kept the reverse-sloping roof of the concept car, and while that's bound make rear headroom a hot commodity, it also gives the Veloster a tie-in with the Kia Soul – its corporate cousin once removed.

Unfortunately, we didn't get an updated look at the car's interior, but it would surprise us to see anything changed from the last time our spy photographers got up close and personal with the newest Hyundai on the Veloster – and there's still some mystery about what kind of door mechanism is fitted on the passenger side.

With news that the Korean automaker has pledged to spank the CR-Z hybrid in the fuel economy game without shouldering the added cost, weight and complexity of a hybrid system, we can't wait to get our grubby little journo hands on the Veloster. Word on the web is that the car will be powered by an efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine churning out around 140-160 horsepower.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just to remind people, this will be released at the Paris Motor Show in September, so Europe will surely get it. Scirocco is Europe only, Auto-Blog is based mostly out US only hence reviewers don't see the comparison? Plus the Scirocco is more sport oriented where I think the Veloster fits in, instead of boring like the CR-Z

      Give me a 'Veloster' /w Sonata's 2.0T GDI and a nice Haldex AWD system, keep it light weight for fuel reasons of course. While your at it re-enter WRC, this looks like the kinda car that would fit in nicely from the spy pics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will this thing drop already?! I'm stick of this spy shot anticipation build-up. This isn't a Nissan GT-R. Hurry up!

      I'm not sure if this was meant as a Honda CR-Z-figther, or vice-versa. But, either way it goes, this is gonna kill the CR-Z in this market. Especially, with the way Hyundai is tearing up sales in many of the other segments.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know what is going on over at Honda, but you have to love what Hyundai is doing!

      Just dump that stupid Genesis with cheesy bits stolen from lexus' and BMWs and you'd gain some street cred back.

      The genesis is just embarrassing. If you own one, wow you are a loser. We're all laughing at you. It's not that it isn't a bad car, IT'S A GREAT CAR, the problem is it's not original. That is a big problem in that price segment. Nobody respects a fake Rolex.

      This however looks amazing, and no hybrid? EVEN BETTER! I really wanted the Nissan Juke - yes, that car is fantastic and screw you if you don't get it, but this might be worth waiting for!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai memo to Honda: I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Draaaaaaaiiiinage Honda, draaaaaiiinage you poor boy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm excited!
      • 4 Years Ago
      does it flummox the cr-z in performance as well?
      otherwise...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Turbo model with tweaked suspension please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should be a good car, Hyundai is doing great. Lets just hope they don't screw it up like Honda did with it's CR-Z.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car was spotted testing next to a VW Scirocco in Europe. I guess that is what they are benchmarking. DO WANT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car should be a GTI fighter. That would be cool!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that too.
        But it would kill the CR-Z.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai teaches Honda how it should be done. Just a few years back this would have been unthinkable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still looks like it might have some kind of rear doors, but it could just be the camo "doing it's job." Either way, exciting times ahead.

      When is it supposed to be revealed for real (with specs/photos/price)?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Supposedly, revealed at the Paris Auto Show in September.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Either the front driver's side window and passenger side windows are supposed to be different lengths, or there are two different cars in this gallery.

        If you look at the second to last pic, the front side window is very short. If you look at the fourth to last, it's longer. Very odd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love what Hyundai/Kia are doing lately, but I am not a Fan of different length doors on each side of the car. The last car I remember doing this was the AMC Gremlin.

      Plus a lot of extra cost making a different body for left and right hand drive markets. All this for the tiny backseats in 2+2 that will seldom be used, by other than children.

      Not Hyundais best idea IMO.




        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess the fans of unequal door lengths are marking down my original post?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HJC 2
        Remember, Autoblog is primary comprised by a bunch of 16 year old Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio fan boys. Autoblog is just going for the page hits.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that under all that camouflage is a midget Azera..... :=)
        Come on guy's this is the clearest look of NOTHING what a waste of blog space
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think their might be.

        But don't both the Mini Clubman and the Saturn 3D have the same length Driver/Passenger door, with a stealth mini door.

        Either way, the car would be simpler/cheaper/lighter without this gimmick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this thing definately has a suicide door on the passenger side,
      i resized and overlayed both side pics (driver's side and passenger's side)
      and it is very apparent there is a door a la saturn ion.
      a good call on hyundais part if they make it look nice and it doesn't kill the overall flow of the design.
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