As we learned back in April, Hyundai is preparing a replacement for the Tiburon based on the front-wheel drive Accent. Although it's not scheduled to hit dealers until the end of 2011, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik recently offered up some specifics on the small sports car.
In an interview with Edmund's Inside Line, Krafcik reaffirmed that the small car, which still has no official name besides the concept's moniker, "Veloster," is "Accent-sized." He said to think of the Veloster as "a four-passenger Honda CRX" that you can "take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage."
He also revealed that the Veloster will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection that makes 140 horsepower and returns over 40 miles per gallon, which falls in line with reports that Hyundai is developing a range of direct injection four-cylinder engines.
As far as the styling goes, Krafcik said to expect about 70 to 80 percent of the Veloster styling cues to make it over to the production version. Curiously, Krafcik says that the body style will be a segment first.
"It might be doors or a unique roof or something with the hatch. But it won't be like anything out there before in the small car segment."
The Veloster will not, of course, be a direct successor to the Tiburon, which was discontinued after the 2008 model year. Hyundai has essentially replaced it with two models: the up-market Genesis Coupe and the less expensive Veloster.
Source: Edmund's Inside Line