Hyundai has confirmed it will debut the Veloster sports coupe/hatchback at the Detroit Auto Show this January followed by the new 2012 Accent in New York in the Spring.
The confirmation was given during a technical presentation by Hyundai execs at the company’s HACHI research and engineering center in Detroit on Friday. Hyundai also provided plenty of details on new engines and transmissions it is working on and while it was never mentioned specifically, we’re lead to believe that the Veloster will make use of a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a dual-clutch transmission. Power will be 138-hp and 124 ft-lbs of torque and the car is expected to achieve an impressive 41-mpg on the highway. That’s more than the 40-mpg claim Hyundai has made for the 2011 Elantra.
As for the Accent, it is also expected to get the new 1.6L (although perhaps not the dual-clutch setup), and fuel economy should be even better.