Hyundai is fluctuating a Elantra line with a sporty coupe various and a unsentimental five-door hatch. The cars have been being suggested on Wednesday at a Chicago auto show.
The Elantra two-door will quarrel coupes such as a Honda Civic and a Kia Forte Koup and promises 40 mpg on a main road from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Hyundai is wrapping slinky styling and a ample interior in hopes of capturing immature buyers, a usual thesis for automakers at new auto shows.
Though it will be hawked as a fun-to-drive option, a front-wheel-drive Elantra coupe will be marketed to a somewhat opposite assembly than a some-more enthusiast-oriented, rear-drive Genesis Coupe.
Hyundai is additionally adding a five-door model, a GT, to reinstate a Elantra Touring indication and quarrel a Ford Focus, a Mazda 3 and a Volkswagen Golf. The five-door offers a same powertrain choices as a coupe and gets twenty-eight mpg in a city and 39 mpg on a highway. The compress induce is shorter than a coupe.
The Elantra GT additionally has up to 51 cubic feet of load genius in a rear with a seats folded down. A chronicle of a car, a i30, was suggested for alternative markets final year in Europe.
Hyundai is promissory note on incremental products such as a Elantra GT and Coupe to drive a brand’s sales gains in 2012.
High direct is fatiguing Hyundai’s factories, creation it doubtful dealers will see increasing accessibility of high-volume products similar to a Sonata and Elantra.
The launch of new, smaller-volume vehicles similar to a new Elantra variants, a redesigned Azera, Santa Fe, and a Veloster Turbo due out after this year, have been approaching to drive Hyundai’s gains in 2012.
The Elantra coupe will furnish as most as 148 hp and 131-lb-ft of torque. It will get up to twenty-nine mpg in a city with a primer and 40 mpg in main road driving. Fuel manage to buy is 28/39 mpg city/highway with a automatic.
The bottom chronicle checks in at a pretty buoyant 2,687 pounds. The styling continues Hyundai’s fluidic cut with a chisel thesis with a issuing beltline, distinguished headlights and somewhat flared wheels.
The coupe and GT go on a movement proposed by their sedan sibling, that won North American Car of a Year honors in January.
“It has unequivocally surpassed the expectations,” Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik said.