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John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has just confirmed that Hyundai will be turning out a new Elantra, Accent, Santa Fe and a Veloster-based coupe for the 2011 calendar year. The new-model barrage will make the Hyundai lineup one of the newest in the industry.
The most interesting of the newly-announced group is probably the Veloster-based coupe, which has been tipped as a potential replacement for the Tiburon. The Veloster concept (pictured) first debuted in 2007 at the Seoul Auto Show.
Like the Tiburon, the Veloster is a front-driver, but its styling is much more modern, with a better street presence and more fitting with the new Hyundai lineup typified by the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, the new 2011 Sonata and the 2010 Tucson. With a 2.0-liter engine and 2+2 seating, the Veloster-based coupe will offer a place for buyers looking for style and sport but not wanting to go all the way to the rear-drive Genesis Coupe. Pricing will likely span the $16,000-$24,000 range.
Hard details on the next Elantra, Accent and Santa Fe are lacking, but the Elantra is expected to come with a selection of efficient four-cylinders with a potential six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The same basic hardware will likely filter through the rest of the new Hyundai lineup as well.
At this point all is speculative, however, as Hyundai still has a full calendar year to prep these vehicles as 2012 models.