The next-generation Hyundai Veloster will be making its debut soon in the US, although it won’t be at the Los Angeles Auto Show that’s just around the corner. The sporty Hyundai will instead be uncovered at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and NAIAS happens in January. The original Veloster surfaced at the same show in 2011.

These official teaser images show the new Veloster in colourful camouflage, but it’s apparent that Hyundai has elected to maintain the Veloster’s unique shape. As all the images show the coupe pointing in the same direction, we can’t see if the current asymmetrical door configuration – two doors on one side and one on the other – made it past the first-gen.

We get to see a bit of the grille and headlamps, and we’re expecting the Veloster to have Hyundai’s latest face with a “cascading grille”, as seen on the i30. That should give the compact coupe a sharper look, as will bolder lines on the profile. The latter is no longer a gentle trace of the wheelarches, but cuts deep into the body and the front lines encroach into the front doors.

The mules seen here roll on large blade-design wheels with red brake calipers visible. There’s no preview of the all-important rear end, though.

No technical details yet, but expect T-GDi turbocharged engines with Hyundai’s own dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a six-speed manual. Hyundai seems to be keeping faith with the stick shift, launching its first hot hatch and N model (the i30 N) with the sole choice of a DIY gearbox – and that’s good news for enthusiasts. For reference, the Gamma T-GDi in our Elantra Sport makes 204 PS and 265 Nm of torque.