Hyundai is one of those car companies that seem to surprise us with every new model introduction. The most recent and notable that comes to mine is the Hyundai Genesis and Genesis Coupe. Then of course there is the newly announced Hyundai Verna that was announced at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. Then of course there is also the redesigned Sonata and we are expecting a new body to grace the Elantra in the near future.

2012 Hyundai Veloster spy shots

2012 Hyundai Veloster spy shots

The 2011 Hyundai Veloster is scheduled to be the predecessor to the Hyundai Tiburon, so it will be a small front wheel drive, four-seat coupe. The renderings and spy photos that we have seen of the coupe give it a very futuristic look. If I had to compare it to something fairly recent to today’s automotive generation I would say it looks like the first generation Honda Insight with more exaggerated styling. The expectation is that the Veloster will come with a direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with the choice of either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Power is predicted to be in the neighborhood of 150 horsepower and we would expect highway mileage in the low 30s.

Potential competition could be the Ford Focus Coupe, Honda Civic Coupe, Mitsubishi Eclipse and Scion tC.  Given the competition the starting price point for the Veloster is expected to be below $20K. Sound exciting? If so, keep your eyes peeled for more information as the rumor is that this car will come to market before the end of 2010 as a 2011 model.

 

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