Lifestyle

Hyundai's Veloster coupe is now also a ute!

The Hyundai C3 Roll Top concept car.
The Hyundai C3 Roll Top concept car.

HYUNDAI'S Veloster hatchback has been transformed into a convertible ute.

The South Korean brand has unveiled the C3 Roll Top concept - which stands for "Convertible 3-door" - which has a rolling canvas roof and a rear, ute-like tailgate rather than a boot.

The concept retains the quirky hatchback's 2+1 door layout, with the canvas roof operating inside the roof-rails of the car.

The fully automatic roof can be rolled all the way backwards for the full open-top experience, or rolled to the front of the car so the tiled rear section of the car can be used for stowing pushbikes - such as the one Hyundai has designed specifically for the concept car - as well as kayaks and the like.

"The Veloster C3 Roll Top concept offers the 'no strings attached' freedom of a roll-top convertible and customisable utility," says Chris Chapman, Hyundai Design North America's chief designer.

The C3 is based on the popular Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo, and sports the gaping air intake at the front and a slightly revised rear-end diffuser. It also gets funky double-colour 18-inch wheels to match the custom bike.

Hyundai hasn't announced whether it plans to introduce a production version of the C3, but the brand did deny earlier this year that it had plans to offer a convertible version of the Veloster.

Some other cars offer similar roll-back roof sections, including the Citroen DS3 Cabrio and the Fiat 500C - the latter of which has now been unveiled in Abarth trim.

Topics:  cars news, hyundai, motoring




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Waterless shower helps Year 7 students win science award

WATERWISE: The Bremer State High School Year 7 science extension program students won a prize in the Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge as part of the World Science Festival in Brisbane.

Science extension class beats 39 other classes

Travel: Airing your dirty laundry in Venice

Open-air laundry ... it’s a familiar site in Venice.

I'm currently reading The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice

Sensitive waratahs love some shelter from the afternoon sun

This is one of the most spectacular native flowering plants

Latest deals and offers

Man thanks colleagues for saving his life after forklift incident

Bruce O'Grady returned to his Wulkuraka workplace on Thursday to thank his workmates that saved his life after a workplace accident in January. (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

Ipswich paramedics have praised the workplace health and safety focus of a local...

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances