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Veloster To Debut in Detroit

Hyundai is set to serve up a new niche when the Veloster makes its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The firm claims the new car will be the first “utility coupe” when it hits the road next year.

The Veloster was first shown as a concept (pictured) at Hyundai’s home Motor Show in Seoul in 2007. Hyundai had no plans to put the car into production, but such was the favourable reaction, the Veloster will be built, and Auto Express has had a sneak peak at the finished article. 

Details from the original showstopper, including the sculpted bonnet, striking LED head and taillights and blacked-out A-pillars are all carried over. But the big news is that Hyundai has decided to greenlight the unique 2+1 door layout. On UK cars, the driver’s door is elongated, like that of a normal three-door hatchback, but on the passenger side, there are two, conventionally-hinged doors, with the rear aiding access to the back seats.

The interior as been cleverly packaged to liberate decent cabin space and a large, deep boot, while the design has been created very much with a younger audience in mind. 

To that end, the centre console is dominated by a seven-inch touchscreen display which can be connected to a whole host of devices ranging from iPods to PlayStations, while the stereo will also feature Gracenote database access to your music is named and organised in the same way as Apple’s iTunes music store.

The Veloster has been developed under the codename FS, and is built on a modified version of the Cee’d’s front-wheel drive platform. Entry-level cars are powered by a 138bhp 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine, with flagship models getting a 205bhp turbo version of the same engine. The car will also debut Hyundai’s six-speed twin clutch gearbox, which ups efficiency by 5 per cent and acceleration by up to seven per cent over the standard six-speed manual.

source: Autoexpress


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