The Veloster concept car, a 2+2 coupe introduced at this year's Seoul auto show, is one of several vehicles Hyundai is contemplating for future production. Many insiders assert that producing cars like the Veloster (as in velocity plus roadster), a two-door coupe, seems like an effort to snag some market share from Gen Y champion Scion. The Veloster concept was a clue to the styling direction, but Hyundai is still up in the air whether or not it will be called Tiburon.
The Veloster showcar was powered by Hyundai's 2.0-liter inline-four, and the production car figures to do the same. For reference, the corporate powerplant makes 141 hp in the new Elantra Touring , although a few more ponies would likely find its way into the barn for the sportier Veloster.
The Veloster name, a compound of velocity and roadster evokes the sporty characteristics of a classic two-plus-two. A panoramic glass roof and other futuristic styling cues help project a high-tech image. The Veloster is a combination of roadster and hatchback, which is an appealing formula for young buyers.