Hyundai is set to unveil an affordable front-wheel drive sportscar next year, currently labelled Veloster (although the name will more than likely change to something with an ‘i’ infront of it) the upcoming 2+2 Sports coupe was snapped testing in production form.
Dubbed the Scirocco from Korea, the Hyundai Veloster is set to take on the new Honda CRZ in terms of sportiness and will also compete with similar small sports cars in the segment.
Sources say the Veloster will initially be powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder (Hyundai’s Theta II GDI engine) that can produce around 100-125 kW. There is also potential for Hyundai to put a more powerful engine (140-150kW) for a top variant. Reports suggest the model may potentially make use of a twin-clutch automatic gearbox.
The more interesting rumour about the Veloster though is a unique feature in its body style. Some suggest the Veloster may have the same treatment as the Mini Clubman, having a rear-hinged small extra door on one side. Having a quick look at the photos, there is some merit to the rumour with the driver door being ever so slightly longer than the passenger door on the right side. This suggests that there may be a smaller rear door on that side.
The Veloster is expected to be unveiled next year. Hyundai Australia are tightlipped about future models.