2012 Hyundai Velostar spy shots
Hyundai isn’t keeping quiet about its future product line, with the company’s U.S. chief previously revealing details about upcoming hybrid and electric vehicle plans as well as details about the replacement for the Tiburon.
Speaking previously, 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 even 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 last model.
We can now reveal that the new coupe, whatever it will be called, will make its world debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show in October.
Krafcik has previously 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 new coupe and the Genesis Coupe, in similar segments. Another important reason for this strategy is that the new coupe will be targeted primarily at European markets, while the U.S. remains the prime target for the Genesis Coupe.
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 percent 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 included spy shots of a prototype reveal few details.
The car will be front-wheel drive, and will also be significantly smaller and lighter than the current model. As for the powertrain, Krafcik has previously stated: "it'll be powered by a 1.6-liter four cylinder with direct injection making 140 horsepower. And it'll get over 40mpg". A turbocharged version with close to 200 horsepower is also expected, as is a dual clutch gearbox and engine stop-start technology.