Hyundai Tiburon replacement will get 140hp direct-injected four-cylinder

Hyundai’s designers will be looking at the 2007 Velostar concept for inspiration for the next Tiburon

Hyundai’s designers will be looking at the 2007 Velostar concept for inspiration for the next Tiburon

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Hyundai isn’t keeping quiet about its future product line, with the company’s U.S. chief previously revealing details about the company’s upcoming hybrid and electric vehicle plans and now details about the company’s replacement for the Tiburon.

Speaking with Edmunds, Hyundai’s John Krafcik confirmed that a new compact sports car will be released by the end of 2011 and that a name is yet to be picked though Veloster and Tiburon are being considered.

The comments contradict earlier speculation that the Tiburon was being scrapped in favor of the current Genesis Coupe. Instead the two models will be going after different market segments, with the Tiburon replacement to be positioned below the current model.

Krafcik explained that the new model "will have a lower price point, kind of eco sport positioning, where it is not going to be all about performance." Repositioning the car will ensure that Hyundai won’t be cannibalizing its own sales by having two similar cars, the Tiburon and the Genesis Coupe, in similar segments.

As for the styling of the new model, Krafcik revealed designers will be looking to the Veloster concept shown at 2007's Seoul Auto Show for inspiration and that 70-80% of the concept car's lines may transfer to the production version. The design briefing will focus around making the replacement Tiburon "very stylish", as well as "very fuel efficient," he explained.

The car will be FWD, and will also be significantly smaller and lighter than the current model. As for the powertrain, Krafcik said "it'll be powered by a 1.6-liter four cylinder with direct injection making 140hp. And it'll get over 40mpg".
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Comments (9)
  1. isnt the old tiburon a small affordable coupe????

  2. thats disgusting

  3. thats disgusting

    That is a concept car, doubt it will look like that

  4. thats disgusting

    And what's ur idea of a good-looking car? The 6-series concept? Now that's disgusting.

  5. i'm just not able to follow hyundai's design language at this point. the genesis and equus seem to follow a similar pattern but i don't see how this is a progression of that design. it's more like KIA's style than hyundai's

  6. I agree, the concept looks more like a Kia (though of course Kia is owned by Hyundai), but it's from 2007, so the new car will probably differ in design to stay more in line with the design language Hyundai have established with the Genesis sedan/coupes and Equus. Still, I thought the 4cyl Genesis coupe picked up right where the Tiburon left off, even having evolutionary styling closer to the old Tiburon rather than looking like the Genesis sedan.

  7. So that's where Aston Martin got their idea when they built the One-77 front side gilles...

    ...Hyundai should build this Veloster it looks stunning.

  8. This is not a Tiburon Replacement per-se. Its a Tiburon and Accent 3 Door Replacement. The Next Gen Accent Sedan will get the same powertrains as well.
    There will also be a Hybrid Powertrain, and there will be an Accent 5 Door Hatch. The 5 Door Hatch will be a Longer Wheelbased Veloster.
    If Hyundai is going to be a Near Luxury company, then they need to have Near Luxury small cars, and this is the way to get them into that door. This Relable Accent Platform will be going up against the Unreliable MINI Cooper.

  9. Im not too excited about the look of this, I liked the old body style of the Tiburon much better. I hope hyundai keeps improving their products, they are the next big auto company.

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