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 is proof that you can put anything on four wheels and sell it to americans.......It cracks me up when people try to compare this vehicle with vehicles like MB, BMW and so on. This is a copy cat vehicle period, It is a want to be upscale vehicle for want to be upscale people. I am not saying that they are not worth buying, just quit comparing them with quality vehicles. I can tell you from experience, they are an average at best vehicle but time will tell. I would like to see an article comparing these cares over a 10 year period. Saying something is easy, data over a 10 year period will tell the truth. The other question is who owns the companies like hyundai, Honda, Ford, GM, Chrysler and TOYoto. Yes I consider Lexus a dressed up Toyota too.
Bought one of those Hyundai's in 2010, Santa Fe SE. Had it back to thee dealer in a week because it was not shifting into 6 th gear all the time and it was rough shifting. They reprogrammed the computer twice the third time they changed the computer chip the forth time they reprogrammed the computer .It still gives the rough shift now and then even lurches on start up,might go forward or back you never know just make sure you have a good foot on the brake. Told that is nothing to worry about just pressure buildup they all do that.
At 15000 miles they had to replace the motor because it had holes in it .When the did they repaired with used parts. Said tough luck this is what you get.
If you think Hyundai cares just don't break down out in the boondocks as we did. They were going to tow the car further away than we lived and when we asked how they expected us to get home we were told that was our problem. Well so long Hyundai!!!!!
Nice car but as a entry level economy compact, how much will this cost? I don't expect to pay more than 15k for ANY NON LUXURY compact car.
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.