Hyundai Veloster to Debut this May in Europe

2011 Detroit Auto Show

Set to debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show, the all-new Hyundai Veloster coupe has been confirmed launch this May in Europe. Unlike other two-door hatchback coupes, the Veloster will have a slightly longer driver's side door due to the passenger side having two doors, with one being a small rear-hinge. Its main European competition will be the Volkswagen Scirocco, the Megane Coupe, and the Astra GTC.

The Honda CR-Z will also be another competitor once the hybrid version arrives. When it debuts, the Veloster will have a 140 hp 1.6-liter direct injected four-cylinder that'll make about 40 mpg. Other possible engines that'll appear later are a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit, or even a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder that's rated at around 200 hp. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard and a dual-clutch unit can also be expected somewhere down the road for the turbocharged version.

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What's interesting here is that Hyundai may have done a better job in reviving the spirit of Honda's much-loved CR-X coupe since the CR-Z has been a bit of a disappointment. We'll know more details and specs next month from Detroit.

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