Hyundai’s been on a tear lately with big hits in the Sonata and Tucson and a fresh Elantra hot off the show floor, and they’re keeping the pedal down heading into 2011 with three new cars for the next three auto shows.
As we first reported way back in June and confirmed again in August, Hyundai will debut the new Veloster-based coupe at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The front wheel-drive 2+2 coupe is expected to retain the Veloster Concept’s shooting brake styling as well as incorporate Hyundai’s new corporate nose.
Previous reports indicated a new 1.6-liter engine producing 140 horsepower, though it’s more likely now that the car will share parts and possibly its platform with the just-revealed 2011 Elantra. If that’s the case, it would pack a 148-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 131 pound-feet of torque and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. If not, a less-powerful version of the 1.8-liter engine is set for the new Accent and 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter four-cylinders also exist for world markets and could be adapted for the U.S. During a recent press event, Hyundai revealed that the Veloster is expected to get 41 mpg, just beating the new Elantra and even the Sonata Hybrid.
Then there’s the matter of a name. The “Veloster” name has stuck around since the 2007 concept, but we reported that the production car would carry a new name, perhaps even reviving the “Tiburon” name. Now, we’re hearing from our sources at Hyundai that the tides have changed and the “Veloster” name might just stick around after all.
Following the Veloster, or whatever it’s called, will be the new Accent. The little car, which we’ve already seen in various world market trims, will make its big debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February. We’ve reported that the 2011 Accent will carry a less-powerful 1.8-liter engine with some 110 horsepower and will work through either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Whatever the powertrain, Hyundai recently revealed that the Accent is expected to return 42 mpg, beating the Veloster, Elantra and the Sonata Hybrid.
Finishing out the auto show season will be the new Hyundai Azera, set to debut at the New York Auto Show in late April. We know very little about this car at the moment, other than what we can see in the renderings of a Korean-market car released last month. Clearly influenced by the styling of the wildly successful new Sonata, the front wheel-drive Azera will slot between the front wheel-drive Sonata and the rear wheel-drive Genesis to provide an upscale link to Hyundai’s new luxury cars.
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