Three-door coupe begins test work; on sale early 2011
25 March 2010

These are the first spy pictures of the upcoming Hyundai Veloster, a radical three-door coupe that will replace the Hyundai Coupe.

The Veloster has three physical hinged doors, similar in concept to the Mini Clubman, but unlike Mini, Hyundai will change the design for RHD markets despite the huge cost of retooling involved.

See the Hyundai Veloster concept car, plus more spy pictures

First seen at the 2007 Seoul Motor Show, the Veloster is Hyundai’s answer to the VW Scirocco. It is a similar size to the Scirocco, measuring 4285mm long and 1790mm wide, and will share much of its platform with the front-wheel drive Hyundai i30.

"The production car will have quite dramatic styling - even more so than the concept car," said a source. "Hyundai wants it to be a car that's bought for its looks, and it has been built with teh Scirocco firmly in its sights."

The 2+2 Hyundai Veloster’s flagship engine will be the 168bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged four-pot petrol engine, complete with stop-start technology and direct fuel-injection, which first appeared in the Hyundai ix-onic concept at Geneva this year. A normally-aspirated unit will also be offered.

The Veloster will go on-sale in the UK in the second quarter of 2011, with prices set to start at around £16,000, the same price as the outgoing Coupe.

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25 March 2010

Good one hyundai, if they can make an interior without using any aluminium effect colouring then they are onto a winner.

25 March 2010

"The 2+2 Hyundai Veloster’s flagship engine will be the 168bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged four-pot petrol engine"

'Flagship' engine has168bhp? So, like the outgoing Coupe, this one will be all bark and no bite.

25 March 2010

Alot on here seem to have it in for the Korean manufacturers for some reason and I can't think why.

I just wish spy shots were not covered in black bin bags!

25 March 2010

[quote Johnnytheboy]Flagship' engine has168bhp? So, like the outgoing Coupe, this one will be all bark and no bite.[/quote]

Just as capable as the sirocco 1.4 tsi?

will need to see how heavy they make it, they might have a chance if it's lightweight.

25 March 2010

Just like the old model there's absolutely a place in the market for this car. If it drives well, looks good, gets some fuel efficient engines and retains the relative practicality of the current car (keep the rear hatch please Hyundai) then this could be the only alternative to the wobbly looking Scirocco and the rather image heavy TT. I will ignore the Peugeot RCZ if only because we all know it will keep breaking down. Personally I love non-brand cars. A good looking car that supports your lifestyle without fleecing you whenever you visit the dealer is just fine by me, which is why I bought a V6 coupe years ago and haven't found anything to replace it with since.

lrh

25 March 2010

[quote Autocar]These are the first spy pictures[/quote] Funny I seen pictures of the same test car on other sites for weeks! Shame it'll take 4 whole years to go on sale, leaving them with no coupe in the range for almost 3 years. Also 168bhp is far from spectacular and 20bhp down on rival 1.6 turbos (Corsa VXR, Nissan Juke)

25 March 2010

I'm sure the lack of bhp will be reflected in a lower price for the car.

25 March 2010

[quote lrh]Shame it'll take 4 whole years to go on sale[/quote]

it's on sale in a years time.

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also remember corsa and nissan are poor on design looks, they are not coupes with sleek lines, not competition at all, need to compare a coupe to a coupe.

160bhp sirocco is £20,660

25 March 2010

I had a previous gen (v1) hyundai coupe, and I loved its look..... this...... mmm... I honestly don't know.

I cant tell much from the shots, could look really well eventually. I bought my coupe as I couldnt afford `go` but could afford a bit of `show`, maybe this car will fill that gap for younger owners, or for folks who don't really concern themselves with performance. Best of luck hyundai, the last car brought a bit of respectability, but things have changed a bit since then.

lrh

25 March 2010

[quote beachland2]it's on sale in a years time.[/quote] Yeah, 4 years after the concept was shown! . If prices start at £16k that's for the non-turbo. The top of the range old Coupe was £19.5k in 2008

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