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Hyundai Veloster coupé unveiled in Detroit

New coupé is due to come to Europe later in 2011

Hyundai Veloster coupé

Veloster is Hyundai’s new 3-door coupé

Hyundai has revealed an usual three-door coupé called the Veloster at the Detroit North American International Auto Show, and it’s coming to Europe later this year.

The Hyundai Veloster has three doors to the cabin – a conventional front pair, plus a supplementary rear door on the passenger side. It also showcases Hyundai’s first twin-clutch transmission, and promises ‘driving enjoyment combined with high fuel and economy and low CO2 emissions’.

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Hyundai Veloster: three-door coupé

Hyundai Veloster coupé

The Veloster features a 3-door design

The Hyundai Veloster’s three-door layout is an attempt to solve the problem of combining coupé style with user practicality.

You can make your own mind up about whether the exterior designers have succeeded, but the fluid, sculpted lines are certainly very distinctive. A glass hatchback adds further utility, while the centre-exit exhaust underlines its sporting intent.

This Veloster is the production version of a concept first shown at the Seoul Motor Show in 2007.

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Twin-clutch transmission and 1.6 GDI petrol power

Hyundai Veloster coupé interior

Hyundai hopes the Veloster will attract new buyers

The Veloster is also home to the Hyundai’s first twin-clutch transmission and new 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine.

The twin-clutch transmission – similar in principle to existing units from other manufacturers, such as Volkswagen’s DSG, aims to combine automatic convenience with manual efficiency and driver enjoyment.

The 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine is already used in the Hyundai ix35; in that application it produces 133bhp. For the Veloster Hyundai is claiming 138bhp – but expect later versions fitted with a turbocharger to offer even more power.

Read our full review of the Hyundai ix35

European debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

According to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office of Hyundai Motor Europe, Alan Rushforth: ‘The Veloster embodies the evolution of the Hyundai brand in Europe: it’s our latest model to offer great looks in a thoughtfully-conceived package, and still has the well-established Hyundai characteristics of quality, safety and efficiency. We expect it to attract new customers to the brand when it reaches the European market later this year.’

More details for Europe will follow nearer to the Hyundai Veloster’s debut on this side of the Atlantic, scheduled to take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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