Although hard facts will have to wait until next Monday when it gets a formal reveal in Motown, this latest and by far most revealing sneak peek of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster does offer a few pertinent details about what we can expect from this de facto Tiburon replacement that will go on sale later this year. As expected, the production Veloster does bear a strong resemblance to the original concept vehicle first displayed in Korea at the 2007 Seoul Motor Show. The volume-build version of this sporty, eco-oriented front-driver will have three conventional doors and a large single-piece hatchback fitted with two individual glass panels. Late last year, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik indicated that the car will deliver an impressive mix of fun and economy in a practical and affordable package aimed squarely at younger buyers. Expect power for the new Veloster to come from a 1.6-liter direct-injected four that will boast 40-mpg EPA highway numbers.

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