Nabbed! Hyundai Veloster Caught on Development Run

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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