A Motor Trend report, which cited sources, confirmed that Hyundai's sporty front-drive coupe based on its Veloster concept will debut in the US this January at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
Soon after its debut, Hyundai will draw up plans for the new car to race. Before making an appearance at the Paris Motor Show this October, it is expected to appear in Hyundai's home market of South Korea later this year.
The production car is expected to start selling in the US in the fall of 2011 as a 2012 model. This new coupe was actually first showcased as the HND-3 Veloster Concept at the 2007 Seoul Motor Show.
Since then, the car had been seen testing many times and people speculated on what it would be named. To date, a name has not yet been finalized but the sources confirmed that it won't carry the Veloster name.
Some reports suggest that it may take on the Tiburon name since they have similar missions. The production version is expected to keep much of the styling of the Veloster concept, including its shooting brake greenhouse.
It's expected that the 2+2 will be front wheel-drive only and will be powered with a new direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can deliver 140hp ad will probably come with a manual transmission.
There's a possibility that Hyundai's 2.4-liter four-cylinder or its new 2.0-liter turbo will be powering this model. Currently, Hyundai aims to get more than 40 mpg from the 1.6-liter engine, making it comparable to the new Honda CR-Z without the aid of a hybrid system.