SEOUL-- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest carmaker by sales, said Wednesday it will launch the all-new Veloster coupe early next year in global markets.

The carmaker said it plans to unveil the Veloster for the first time at the Detroit motor show in January ahead of sales in the key North American automobile market.

In the first quarter of 2018, the new Veloster, mated with a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine, will be available in the domestic market, a company spokesman said, without giving the timetable for the model's launch in the United States.

Both versions of the model are equipped with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, while the 1.6-liter model is also available with a six-speed manual transmission for a more fun and engaging drive, the company said in a statement.

The new sporty fastback Veloster will carry safety features, such as smart cruise control, lane keeping assist, driver alert warning and backward collision warning, it said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency