Small front-wheel drive coupé by 2009; rear-wheel drive V8 to follow
28 February 2008

Hyundai will bring its new, front-wheel-drive Coupé to the UK in 2009. It will be based on a modified version of the i30 platform, and will look very similar to the Veloster concept revealed at the Seoul motor show last year. Expect the same radical design, including the shooting brake-style rear end and squat, wide body, although the glass roof may be lost for safety reasons. Engine options will include the 1.6 and 2.0-litre engines also used in the i30, with a diesel model still being considered. As part of Hyundai’s new brand restructuring, the next Coupé will remain in the same price range as the current model (which starts at £15,700) without compromising the level of quality which has been set by the new ‘i’ cars; it hasn’t yet been decided if that nomenclature will appear on the coupé.Hyundai is confident that the new, more premium coupé’s price won’t rise because it will not come with a V6 engine option — as the current model does.Instead, the plan is to introduce an entirely different, more performance-focused coupé based on the rear-wheel-drive, 350bhp V6 Genesis coupé concept that was unveiled at the 2007 Los Angeles show. This would be Hyundai’s answer to the Nissan 350Z, and would be available with the concept’s V6; the V8 from the Genesis saloon concept is also being considered.The Genesis coupé has not yet been confirmed for the UK, but Tony Whitehorn, MD of Hyundai UK, maintains that Hyundai “must have a sports car as its halo model”.

Vicky Parrott

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19 March 2008

I'm a bit dissapointed that the new coupe will be FWD and based on another hatch with a fat bum, Alfa have gone that way too, WHY?????

Give me a proper shaped coupe, I really hope that they do bring the Genesis out here in the UK, RWD, good weight distribution, good looking, good (quoted) performance and cheap. As the article said, Hyundai need a "PROPER" sports model here in the UK.

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