Nabbed! Hyundai Veloster Caught on Development Run

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In an effort to revitalize its lineup, Hyundai is introducing new products aimed at displacing preconceived notions about past Hyundai quality. To that end, Hyundai plans to roll out a coupe previewed by the Veloster concept, and one of our staffers with a keen eye managed to snap pictures of a development mule.

This lime-green example was spotted just outside Ann Arbor late one evening last week. Surrounded by 2011 Sonatas, we have to believe that this highly-camo'd car stood out from the crowd.

These images give us the clearest view yet, aside from spy illustrations, of the Veloster's proposed shape and proportions. A sharply raked front end contrasts with what appears to be a strikingly high taillight position. Parked next to a Sonata, it appears slightly smaller, but nearly as tall, giving credence to the Sonata's coupe-like styling.

Although it has the profile of a hatchback, sources indicate that the Veloster will be a coupe with a third, side-access door on the right side. These images cover up the proposed door, but show the additional length necessary. A recent interview with Hyundai North America president John Krafcik confirmed that the door will not, however, be a suicide door.

Initially, the Veloster will be powered by a 1.6-liter 140-horsepower engine, with turbocharged options possibly in the works. Although those numbers will place it squarely in line with the upcoming Honda CR-Z, sources say that the Veloster will be able to hold four, or possibly five, as opposed to the CR-Z's two.

Is the (covered-up) Veloster appealing to you? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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