Hyundai Veloster coming to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 15, 2010

With the debut of the Hyundai Veloster at the Detroit Motor Show in January, there may be a new niche created, says AutoExpress. Hyundai claims that when the Veloster arrives next year, it will be the first “utility coupe.” It can be recalled that it was at Hyundai’s home Motor Show in Seoul in 2007 that the Veloster was first shown as a concept.

Back then, Hyundai didn’t plan on putting the concept car into production but due to public demand, the carmaker decided to build the Veloster. The details that will be carried over to the production car include the sculpted bonnet, striking LED head and taillights and blacked-out A-pillars.

What makes this report more exciting is that Hyundai has decided to greenlight the one-of-a-kind 2+1 door layout. On UK cars, the driver’s door is elongated, similar to that of a normal three-door hatchback.

However, on the passenger side, there are two, conventionally-hinged doors, with the rear aiding access to the back seats. The interior was designed to allow sufficient cabin space and a large, deep boot. It’s likely that the vehicle was designed for a younger target market. A seven-inch touchscreen display dominates the center console. This display can be linked to a series of devices that range from iPods to PlayStations.

The stereo will feature Gracenote database access where your music is named and organized in the same way as Apple’s iTunes music store. The Veloster was created under the codename FS, and it is built on a modified version of the Cee’d’s front-wheel drive platform.

Powering the entry-level cars is a 138bhp 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine. Meanwhile, the flagship models are equipped with a 205bhp turbo version of the same engine. In this car, Hyundai will also present its six-speed twin clutch gearbox, which boosts efficiency by 5% and acceleration by up to 7% compared to the standard six-speed manual.

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