A single spy photo captured in Korea seems to show the next-generation Hyundai Elantra. Some reports have suggested this might be the next Accent, but it simply looks to large and too impressive to be a true economy car.
If in fact it is the Elantra, what is obvious is that the compact sedan has inherited some good looks from its big brother, the Sonata. We have to say the coupe-like profile isn’t quite as impressive on a car with a shorter wheelbase and it seems like Hyundai engineers have a tough time making the Elantra look like anything but a jellybean.
With the car due out near the end of this year or early next year, we expect to be impressed – and for good reason. Since the debut of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, all of the Korean automaker’s products have won our highest praise. We recently tested the 2010 Tucson and the 2011 Sonata and regarded them as segment leaders. In addition to the new Elantra, Hyundai will introduce all-new versions of the Accent, Santa Fe and an unnamed “sporty coupe” based on the Veloster Concept before the end of 2011.
But before we get any production news on this model, Hyundai will introduce the Sonata Hybrid, a turbocharged Sonata model and the new Equus flagship this year.