Official: Hyundai Veloster confirmed for 2011

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

Hyundai is preparing to produce the Veloster Concept, which was unveiled at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. In an interview with Inside Line, Hyundai Motor America's CEO John Krafcik revealed details about the upcoming model.

The production version will 70-80% resemble the concept car. Most likely, it will also take the name but that the company is still considering other suggestions. Krafcik said that the car, which will have front wheel drive, aims to attract with its unusual design line rather than its sports car performance.

The car will be the first to introduce an innovative body style which Krafcik says might be doors or a unique roof or something with the hatch.

He said that it won't be like anything in the small car segment. He added that it will be Accent-sized or like a 4-passenger Honda CRX. The new car's engine will be a 1.6 liter four cylinder with Direct Injection making 140 hp that will get over 40 mpg US (5.8 l/100km).

Exterior Design

A look at the design of the Hyundai Veloster and it is clear that the high-performance sport bike served as the inspiration. Its unique black A-pillars give the Veloster’s glass a look that is similar to that of a motorcycle helmet visor. The front is fitted with a more aggressive look of the brand’s trademark front grille.

It even has a hood scoop detailing and the brand’s own LED position lights. The brand is offering optional packages which add to it a chrome grille surround, panoramic sunroof, fog lights, and the piano black highlights. The profile of the Veloster uses "Fluidic Sculpture" character lines in addition to the body color door handles and mirrors, wraparound taillights and headlights, and the muscular wheel arches. The alloy 17-inch wheels are standard though there is the option to have either of the two types of the 18-inch wheels.

The 18-inch wheel also has painted inserts, a first for this segment. Even the rear portion has a dynamic design. It has a black lower fascia, unique glass hatch, and dual-centered chrome exhaust tips. All of these complement what is already an assertive front fascia. Its controls and center stack have a push-button starter and take on the appearance of the fuel tank of a sport bike.

The floor console looks like a bike’s seat and the air vents are clearly inspired by a bike’s tailpipes. Inside the cabin, there are metallic highlights all over. There is also the option to have alloy pedals, steering wheel and shift knob to be wrapped in leather.

Veloster may have the functionality like that of a hatchback but its style is similar to that of a coupe. It even has an additional passenger side-door. In older coupe models, they generally have rear-hinged smaller access doors and the driver-side door had to be opened before the rear one could be.

This was inconvenient not just to the driver but even that of the passenger. It was also difficult to fully utilize this feature in cases when there is a tight space on the parking lot. To address this, Hyundai used a conventionally hinged door located on its passenger side and thus allow easier and safer access to the rear seats. In order to maintain the coupe design, the handle of the passenger-side rear door is hidden.

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