According to Hyundai Motor America president, John Krafcik, Hyundai's upcoming small sports coupe will have the mileage rating of 40 mpg (or 5.9 liters/100 km).
John Krafcik said at a media breakfast in Los Angeles this morning that the Hyundai coupe, which could be named either Veloster or Tiburon, will be able to achieve those figures with a conventional four-cylinder engine, avoiding the additional cost, complexity and weight of a gas-electric system. This coupe will be able to beat the new 2011 Honda CR-Z which achieves only 36/39 city/highway when equipped with a CVT and 31/37 with a manual gearbox. It also outruns the Honda in fuel economy and will also perform better as well as provide added utility, including rear seats and better access.
All Velosters will be fitted with a large screen on the dashboard as standard equipment in order to manage connectivity features in addition to more traditional vehicle functions.
Hyundai's upcoming small sports coupe will be priced lower because it isn't powered by a highly expensive hybrid drivetrain.
The Veloster/Tiburon will come with the naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 1.6 liter engine, delivering 90 kW (121 hp / 122 PS) and 155 Nm (114 lb-ft) of torque, although a 1.6 liter engine with around 140 horsepower is expected. Hyundai will after introduce the 1.6 liter turbocharged section with 131 kW (175 hp / 177 PS).
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