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Hyundai Will Introduce the Veloster in Detroit

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On: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 8:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Will Introduce the Veloster in Detroit

Hyundai confirmed this week that it will be introducing the all-new Veloster at the 2011 North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit. Hyundai's answer to Honda's recently launched CR-Z will debut on the first media day of the show, January 10. So if you're in the market for a hatchback that's sporty but underpowered, you'll soon have one more option.

The Veloster—an unforgivably cheesy mangling of "velocity" and "roadster"—is expected to carry a 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine with around 120 horses, an engine that compares directly to the CR-Z's 122-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder. A possible turbo version of that engine is also rumored. Things will be kept sporty with a dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai didn't release much information about the Veloster's drivetrain or performance, but did indicate that the car will get 40 mpg, which tops the CR-Z's 39 mpg highway.

The car will also come with a connectivity system called "Blue Link."

Hyundai released a brief teaser video of the car with its announcement, a teaser in which the majority of the car remains in the shadows, save for its menacing, blue LED daytime running lamps and a little bit of its front end and cabin. Hyundai also launched a teaser website where you can view the countdown to debut and sign up for updates. If you're really that interested.

Personally, if Hyundai wants an entry-level sports car, I'd prefer a revival of the Tiburon over this three-door, but it looks like we're stuck with the Veloster. Better than nothing, I suppose. And if you want a higher performing sports car, you've got the Hyundai Genesis, a car that beat out all three American muscle cars in a Motor Trend test last spring.

You can take a look at the brief teaser video below:


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