• Jan 4th 2011 at 10:53AM
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2012 Hyundai Veloster teaser – Click above to enlarge

Let the speculation end: The 2012 Hyundai Veloster will have three conventional forward-hinged doors. We also know the Veloster will have a direct-injected engine (we're pretty sure it will displace 1.6 liters), an available dual-clutch gearbox, hit an estimated 40 miles per gallon and will come with Bluetooth connectivity.

Also, note the split rear glass of the open rear hatchback, a similar arrangement to the Toyota Prius and Honda CR-Z, among others. Clearly, Hyundai hasn't spilled all its beans just yet, so we'll just have to wait until the start of the Detroit Auto Show this Monday, January 10 for the full reveal. In the meantime, feel free to continue the speculation in Comments.

[Source: Hyundai]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is shaping up to be an awesome vehicle. A third door is useful, and the MPG promise is amazing.

      This could very well be my next vehicle, with the higher powered engine of course...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get how people think a door is a gimmick. As a first-time owner of a 2-door coupe who has started taking multiple passengers, I find the idea of a small single rear door very useful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the otherwise fine-looking Mazda RX-8 and Saturn SC/Ion before it, more than two doors but less than four just doesn't do it for me. IMO they ruin the proportions of a coupe; qualities like door length and seam number that shouldn't be messed with.

      Adding doors adds an awful lot of visual and mechanical complexity for the rare occasion people need to get in the back seat. A couple seconds of awkwardness entering the back is well worth the cleaner profile.

      Since this is a hatchback, not a notchback, and therefore more forgiving to extra doors, this may still end up looking good (it should look good anyway on the side with only one door), but we won't know till the 10th...or until someone leaks officials.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think I am a fan of the 3rd door on this thing. I like the looks on the single door side but the extra door is throwing it for me. Would have loved it as a true coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'll have to stop checking car sites out for the next couple of weeks because I want my trip to NAIAS to be a surprise. :|
      • 4 Years Ago
      O-o-h-h-h, so it's NOT a Scirocco-like 'sports car' but more of a mini-van. Darn. I was hoping the car would be - like a Scirocco - a sports coupe, in fact I was ready to purchase based on Hyundai bringing to market a version of the car Volkswagen won't sell in the U.S. Oh well, guess I'll look elsewhere for a sports coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While this car has a lot of promise.

      The 3rd door is a waste of resources. 2+2 seats in a small CR-X type car will be almost never used, so putting a vestigial door to ease access to them is pointless. Just putt longer doors.

      The 3rd door means they have to re-engineer the body for LHD and RHD markets. Driving up the price for a largely useless feature.

        • 4 Years Ago
        So the market is family with Baby seats? I really doubt that this will sway anyone looking for a a family car.

        This is will be car for singles/childless couples. That rear door is a waste and ruins the symmetry of the car.

        It is a pointless gimmick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Snowdog

        Unfortunately, you are thinking exactly like the bean-counter types we always cry foul when manufacturers make vanilla, unexciting, and safe (by design) cars. The 3rd door can be actually more of a benefit for the buyers as this is a lot more practical than having long doors or suicide doors. (you can actually fit baby seat in the back!) Thus I applaud Hyundai's decision to be unconventional and being original, and coming up with a practical solution.

        I am just happy to see that Hyundai is finally utilizing the concept it used years ago for their HCD-2 concept car which had longer passenger side door and regular short door for the driver side. (basically the same idea making ease of access to rear seat available only to right side)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish the better looking (but still not truly great looking) Genesis Coupe had the liftback hatch, and dual-clutch automated gearbox option.

      Those features aren't enough to make me want to drive a breadbox.

      BTW...

      If there are four side doors, the rear hatch door would be FIVE, not THREE, Arthur.

      If there are three side doors, (which would be more than just odd), then technically the rear hatch would be the fourth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I wish cars like the Genesis Coupe and Mustang had liftbacks. The trunk in the Mustang is just about unusable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the problem that people might have with this is that cars with "interesting" doors have tended to suck. It's not the doors that suck, it's the cars they're attached to. Off the top of my head: the Element (ugly/odd), the RX-8 (terrible engine), that '90s Saturn (it was a '90s Saturn). The doors were never the problem with these cars, but they were one of the more identifiable features of the vehicle. Anyway, if the car's good, and I really hope it is, this door won't be a problem. If the car sucks, it will be just another crap car with weird doors.

      Anyway, I like the idea of a third door. It allows rear-passengers to have a little dignity. Seriously, when you pull up beside a 3-door Civic, look to see if there are any adults in the back. Notice how sad they look? Exactly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe that's the exact reason Hyundai went with a conventional hinged 3rd-door instead of the 'suicide' door. All the cars mentioned by EnzoHonda have suicide doors and as he pointed out, they failed to be the sales leaders (Element was arguably a mild success in terms of sales, even though it may not have reached intended target demographics) This Veloster, on the other hand, does not have 'weird' doors known to people. It just has one practical, familiar door instead of two. This actually makes much more sense to me if the intent of 3rd door is for the ease of access to the rear seat, and more appealing than the 'weird' suicide door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should be interesting. Here are recent spy photos. It's practically naked.
      http://www.woodyscarsite.com/2011/01/2011-hyundai-veoster.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am REALLY liking that a lot...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am loving the exhaust... I wish they could have snapped a profile shot.
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