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Hyundai Veloster (New Hyundai Coupe) Detroit debut +video

Tue, 11 Jan 2011

The Hyundai Veloster Detroit - Hyundai's new 'Utility Coupe'

As we said when we ran the tease for the Hyundai Veloster last week, this here Hyundai Veloster has been a long time coming. Two years after the Hyundai Coupe stopped being made, and more than a year after we ran spy shots of the Veloster, Hyundai finally manage to get a production version of the Veloster on a show stand.

With its funky urban looks – like a squashed coupe version of the Hyundai Curb – the Veloster, complete with asymmetrical doors, promises to be at least as much fun as its progenitor – the Hyndai Coupe – was. Whether it will be as far ahead of the rest of the Hyundai range as the Hyundai Coupe then was, we doubt, but it looks a credible effort from Hyundai.

The Veloster at Detroit comes equipped with a 138bhp four-pot, which won’t endow it with the performance of the old V6 Coupe, but should see it good for over 50mpg and decent – if not exhilarating – performance.

Hyundai’s decsription of the Veloster as a “Utility Coupe – the style of a coupé and the practicality of a hatch” makes it a great fit for today’s buyers. With modest powerplants it may not win every traffic light Grand Prix, but it will make the Veloster a sensibly aspirational car for the young urbans.

For us, it’ll be about how it drives. Still, looks promising.

By Cars UK