Hyundai is coming out with a new hot hatch that is slated to debut sometime in mid-late 2011 as a 2012 model. It will compete with the VW Scirocco (not sold in U.S.) and the new Honda CR-Z.
Hyundai stopped producing the Tiburon back in 2008 (which was actually a 2 door Elantra) and they have been void of small and sporty cars for 2 years now. I don't think that the new Veloster will be a Tiburon replacement size my guess would be that it will replace the 2 door Accent.
Either way it will be another industry shocker from what John Krafcik, Hyundai U.S. CEO says. There are very little confirmed details to relate but here is what we have so far.
We know it will have a 1.6 liter direct injection 4 cylinder that will achieve 40 mpg. We know that there will be at least 3 doors if not four (think of rx-8 style doors). There will be a panoramic glass roof which will extend to the rear hatch.
A definite fact is it will follow Hyundai's new "fluidic sculpture" design language inside and out. The will be a four-seater and should have a sport tuned suspension model with also an economy model for the average Joe.
The Veloster shouldn't be a stranger to a boat full of standard gadgets either. Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, at least 6 airbags, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and iPod/AUX/USB jack.
An InsideLine interview with John Krafcik gives us more details:
"Think of it like a four-passenger Honda CRX,"
"It'll be a little car you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage. Fun and economical, with a great power-to-weight ratio."
"It'll be powered by a 1.6-liter four cylinder with direct injection making 140 hp. And it'll get over 40 mpg,"
"There's just nothing out there right now with that kind of Eco-sport positioning."
"Screens are getting cheaper," (nav screen)
A new Hyundai model is really exciting and I am anxious to see what it turns out to look like. Stay tuned to macdonemiles for more info as it comes...