• Nov 13th 2010 at 7:01PM
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2012 Hyundai Veloster spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

During a media briefing this week, Hyundai officials confirmed that its highly anticipated Veloster hatchback (name subject to change...) will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. This comes as no surprise, since the car was originally rumored to debut at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year or possibly at next week's LA Auto Show.

Hyundai has yet to confirm what will power the sporty little hatch, but based on what we learned during a powertrain deep-dive we attended, we're pretty certain that the automaker's new 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine will be found underhood. With the help of direct injection, this engine is estimated to produce 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque while still returning at least 40 mpg on the highway. It will also be mated to a new six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In not-as-sporty news, Hyundai also revealed that the upcoming 2012 Accent will make its public debut at the New York Auto Show this spring. Once again, mum's the word on what to expect in terms of powertrain, equipment levels and pricing, but we do know that the Accent is expected to achieve 42 mpg highway when it debuts.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like it could be my first Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh please don't screw this up, I'm already a little worried the dual clutch will be all that's offered. I'd prefer a standard and considering I keep cars for ten years or more I really don't want to be trying something so new and untested (from Hyundai at least)
      • 4 Years Ago
      We see it now and it is no how we think. It is a great car whit a good future. I hope so.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting to see the Veloster has more mpg than the hybrid CR-Z. Honda's really been off with their hybrids recently.
        • 4 Years Ago
        darex, I've had a 2008 mini cooper turbo and averaged 27-28 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, so if you are getting 18 mpg i'd take your mini to the service department.

        EPA is 24/32 for the turbo. Most usually average about 3 to 4 miles per gallon higher than whats on the window sticker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...on the highway. I'll be interested to see what it does in the city.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the city, you can pretty much HALF the highway numbers, especially in a city like Philadelphia. My 28/36 mpg MINI Cooper is actually an 18/36 mpg in Philadelphia. The highway figure is true if not even more than than, but the city figure is fiction.

        This is a strong argument for a hybrid car like the CR-Z in a city like Philadelphia, where there's a stop sign every 20 feet (or less).

      • 4 Years Ago
      Seeing that Hyundai used the Scirocco as a benchmark, I can't see them having the 1.6 as the only engine. If they are serious about performance, it's all but certain we will see the 2.0T or some other engine with a turbo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Danggit. They just filmed a new Accent (looks like the new Elantra, but the nameplate said Accent) in downtown Chicago over the weekend. Didn't think to take photographs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Especially that extra door. All it needs now is a punchy 1.8 turbo diesel giving 55 mpg in combined mode and 9.4 sec to 60mph. A car for all seasons. http://www.dezmembrari.ro/comanda-piese-auto/ http://www.dezmembrez.ro/comanda-piese-auto-online/
      • 4 Years Ago
      So Accent, Elantra, Veloster, all with sharp new looks and 40mpg+ on the highway, added to a lineup with a the sharp looking Sonata that still delivers excellent fuel economy and power with the base engine (but has Turbo and Hybrid models for more of what you want) and Genesis Sedans/coupes.

      All I can say is that is quite a roll they are on. I expect they will have record sales in 2011.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Just ignore Nightflight. If anyone post something negative about his precious Hyundai or KIA, he throws a temper tantrum, then demands that person leave Autoblog.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Given the supposed "hot hatch" approach Hyundai's taking with this car, I'll need more power from a 1.6. Honda made 160HP from their 1.6 20 years ago. Hyundai can do more.

      Heck, give me 150HP and nearly the same fuel economy. People will praise it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Weaksauce, I know which engine you are talking about, and its really misleading... Not only that it was expensive, it hit 160HP sure... at 8000RPM. Not very practical by any road standards.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bd2 - OhpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleasepleasepleasePLEASE Hyundai put the 2.0t from the Sonata in here....
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not that the expensive nature of that B16A1, A2 etc. would break the price point of this car.
        Do you know what I mean? Also, it's not that Hyundai needs peak power and revability to make this car work.

        But we can admit Honda's effective torque band, instead of usable bottom end torque, instead lends itself to shorter gearing and final drive. So for highway mileage, an I-vtec or slightly richer air/fuel ratio at lower RPM's / highway speed would lend itself to a lower cruising engine speed.

        So what I expected from Hyundai, given that they have 15 years of variable valve timing and information on direct injection, that 160HP out of a 1.6 shouldn't be out of reach.

        To be honest, it should FAR surpass Honda's dated 1.6L. Look at Fiat's Multi-air technology. They don't even need two cams. They just fire solenoids to open the exhaust ports. Fiat even uses this on their econoboxes ( see also Hyundai Accent )

        So while Hyundai may not do anything elaborate in terms of power development (forced induction or hybrid power), it's fair game to assume 140HP out of a 1.6 is a bit passe.

        We don't need an 8500 RPM redline to achieve 150-160 HP. And if Hyundai are truly using the Scirocco as a benchmark, then 140HP won't cut it, unless it weighs 2200 lbs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The honda 1.6 160hp and no torque was okay for it's years, and still, it didn't get no 40mpg.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was an expensive engine for the Civic SI. Great numbers for the time, absolutely, but not really a fair comparison.

        Anyway, I'd be surprised if they only offered this with the 1.6L. I bet they could easily beat the Juke's numbers if they turbo'd it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Likely, Hyundai will eventually offer a more powerful engine for a "performance version" of the Veloster; but for the 1st couple of years, the 1.6 will have to do.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Well, for being fair, I'm trying to give Hyundai the benefit of 15+ years of development with valve timing, smart ignition, and direct injection.

      It's not unfair to expect over 140 HP from an NA 1.6L I4.

      As to the "beat the Juke numbers," oh, no doubt! Ford will likely beat that too when they unveil that 1.6L turbo 4. It might not hit the states, but that Fiesta SVT-ish coupe has been making rounds on the Nurburgring for some time now.

      Back to Hyundai. If they want an econobox, then they've got the Accent. SO this Veloster has to be a different approach to the hatchback. That's why I assumed it'd be some sort of hot hatch variant, and why it needs more than 140HP.

      Know what I mean?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldnt be caught dead in any Hyundai. Any "car guy" that likes Hyundai needs to hand in his man card and tell a priest he needs forgiveness for lying about liking cars to be closer to men.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "You know there's more to a car than going in a straight line right?"

        well... the real enthusiasts do, the lamers do not. :). I saw an old 70's GT40 replicar (GT-12), some kid walks up and asks what it is. I tell him not a GT40, Ford GT, or Superformance. He's sure it's gotta be the real deal, undaunted by the lack of a v8 in back, hell he thought they were FR not MR o.O. As I'm leaving I hear him mumble how quick 'these' are in a straight line. Seriously, some people don't get it so bad it's beyond laughable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, cause real "car guys" don't appreciate cheap fun cars. You know there's more to a car than going in a straight line right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        As a driving ENTHUSIAST, I hate Hyundai too (great on paper, but all the pros seem to think the driving experience is subpar), but why this?

        "...and tell a priest he needs forgiveness for lying about liking cars to be closer to men."

        Grow the eff up. No one would lie about liking cars to be closer to men. More often than not car enthusiasts are narrow-minded conservatives, the type who'd kill a gay because he somehow threatened their perception of their masculinity. No homosexual would pretend to like cars to get closer to THOSE types.

        He'd just man up and go to the gay bars. Plenty of receptive men there (take it as you will).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe you should tell that to the "CAR GUYS" over at Jalopnik who placed the Genesis Coupe on their 2009 Best 10 list - along w/ the Chevy Corvette ZR1, Mercedes-Benz C63, Ford F-150 Raptor, Subaru WRX, Mustang GT, Cadillac CTS-V, VW Golf GTI, Lotus Elise SC and Dodge Viper SRT10.

        • 4 Years Ago
        2001 called, they want their stereotype back.
      • 4 Years Ago
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