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Hyundai Veloster Isn't Really a Coupe

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On: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Veloster Isn't Really a Coupe

Hyundai released the first official teaser of its Veloster coupe--a picture that showed the Veloster head on--late last month. Yesterday, the company released its second teaser, which reveals an interesting bit of information: the Veloster is not actually a proper coupe as it has one extra door. Hyundai will fully reveal the CR-Z competitor at the North American International Auto Show next week.

Scan the new picture quickly and you'd think that Hyundai has surprised us completely with a five-door hatch. The Veloster has, after all, been expected to be a three-door all along. What gives? Well, if you look a little closer, you'll realize that the car isn't a five-door either: it's a four-door. If you look at the driver's side rear cabin, you'll notice that there's no door line, which means that the Veloster will have a single driver-side door, but two passenger side doors--sort of a 2 + 2 with 3.

In addition to the extra door, the new teaser gives us a look at the profile and shape of the Veloster. It shows what appears to be a rather flat face and straight roofline. The pic also shows a split hatch window in back.

Hyundai hasn't provided much official information on the Veloster, but has indicated that it will combine a direct-injected engine with a dual-clutch transmission for up to 40 mpg. Rumors indicate that the engine will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder worth around 120 horses. Hyundai has also indicated that the hatch will feature what the company calls its Blue Link connectivity system.

Hyundai's Detroit press conference is scheduled for 2:55 p.m. EST on Monday, the first day of the show. We'll get the full details on this interesting hatch then.

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gene smith | 3:58PM (Tue, Jan 18, 2011)

hyundai is now the one to watch and follow why cant detroit get its head out of the unions

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