The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is slated to make its debut at the LA Auto Show this week, but the stylish new exterior has already been spotted on the Web. Based on the new Avante, which is already on sale in Korea, the new model will be able to deliver 40 mpg on the highway which will it be a formidable competitor in the compact market.
Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” design language has been added to this model, helping it look similar to the current Tucson crossover and Sonata sedan. Family resemblance is strong thanks to the Elantra’s new wraparound taillamps, hexagonal grille, and bold lines along the side.
According to Hyundai Dealers, Richmond VA, powering the 2011 Elantra is an all-new 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai’s North American CEO, John Krafcik hints that a future model may get the company’s new 1.8-liter unit with direct injection. Until then, the 2011 model will get 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. That mileage is impressive, and will certainly give the Chevrolet Cruze and the new Ford Focus a run for their money.
Pricing hasn’t been released, but more details should become available next week following the Elantra’s official debut.
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