Hyundai continues winning streak in Chicago
The Elantra Coupe and GT look to build on the Elantra's strong launch.
The Elantra is one of Hyundai's strongest launches in recent memory, which is saying something, considering that the Sonata and the Genesis have been rather well received in mainstream and enthusiast corners.
With that in mind, Hyundai is extending the Elantra line with a sporty coupe variant and a practical 5-door hatch. The cars are being revealed on Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show.
The Elantra 2-door will fight coupes such as the Honda Civic and the Kia Forte Koup and promises 40 mpg on the highway from a fuel-efficient, 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Hyundai is packaging slinky styling and a roomy interior in hopes of capturing young buyers, a common theme for automakers at recent auto shows.
Though it will be hawked as a fun-to-drive option, the front-wheel-drive Elantra coupe will be marketed to a slightly different audience than the more enthusiast-oriented, rear-drive Genesis coupe.
The Elantra coupe will produce as much as 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. It will get up to 29 mpg in the city with the manual and 40 mpg in highway driving. Fuel economy is 28mpg city/39 mpg highway with the automatic.
The base version checks in at a reasonably lithe 2,687 pounds. The styling continues Hyundai's fluidic sculpture theme with a flowing beltline, prominent headlights and slightly flared wheels.
The coupe continues the momentum started by its sedan sibling, which won North American Car of the Year honors in January.
"It has really surpassed our expectations," Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik said.
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Hyundai are getting awards because they are quality vehicles that look great. They're not copying anyone. The designer used to design for Audi, that's why they resemble German vehicles. My 2012 Elantra consistently get's 30mpg/city and 37mpg/hwy. I'm sure the Ford Focus is a great car too. Personally I like the looks of the Elantra better. With all my standard options like, Bluetooth, touch screen nav., leather interior, push button start, heated seats, etc. I love this car. Honestly I think some Luxury cars are kind of boring looking in comparrison. As long as you're happy with what you drive, that's all that should really matter. If you don't like Hyundai's then don't by one. I don't like BMW's, I think they're ugly and over priced. I'm not going to put someone down for buying one. To each their own.
just moved to Europe. I am amazed that Ford has this awesome high efficiency clean diesel in the Fiesta, Focus and Fusion. and GM builds th Opel with an equally awesome diesels. these diesels are rated at 4 liters per 100 Kilometers. If I want anything close in the states I would have to buy a VW diesel. Why do I have to buy foreign when the political retoric is buy american. something is wrong with this picture.