2011 Hyundai Elantra Officially Revealed With Stunning New Look, 40-MPG

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Officially Revealed With Stunning New Look, 40-MPG

After providing all the juicy details on the new Elantra last week, Hyundai has now lifted the embargo on the car ahead of its LA Auto Show debut, allowing us to reveal one of the most attractive compact car packages on the planet. And while it does compete in that compact car class, the Elantra, like its rival the Chevy Cruze, is actually classified as a mid-size due to its expansive cabin. In fact, when we had a chance to view the car at an event in Detroit last week, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik stated that it has an almost identical EPA-rated passenger volume as the Nissan Maxima. (In disbelief, we checked. Its true).

Having seen the car we can also attest to the fact that it looks even better in person than in the photos above (and below), adapting the Sonata’s design language on a more Prius-like body.

Powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder the car makes 148-hp at 6500 rpm and 131 ft-lbs of torque at 4700 rpm. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that with that power output, and the aid of a 6-speed transmission (manual or automatic) the car will achieve 29-mpg city and 40-mpg highway for an average of 33-mpg. Krafcik was eager to point out how the 40-mpg number isn’t for a special-edition high-mileage model that costs considerably more than the base model, but that it applies to all versions of the car. (We can’t reveal pricing yet, but look for it to stay mostly the same as the outgoing model).

Just two Elantra trim levels will be offered: GLS and Limited, with all models getting features like power windows with driver’s auto-down, remote keyless entry, 6 airbags and disk brakes at all corners. Limited models add items like fog lights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels (15-inch steel wheels are standard), leatherette door inserts, a leather-wrapped telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, heated leather front seats and even heated leather rear seats.

Thankfully Hyundai also offers a packages for the base GLS model including a Popular Equipment Package that adds cruise control, A/C, a telescopic steering wheel and 16-inch steel wheels. A Preferred Equipment Package adds on 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, a sliding center armrest and some upgraded interior trim. A Navigation package can also be had with a 7-inch monitor, while the Limited Premium Package includes items like a 360-watt audio system, as well as a “proximity key” and push-button ignition.

Stay tuned for news on pricing with the official reveal this Thursday at the LA Auto Show.

GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Elantra

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  • Dhelix

    I really like the shape of this 4-door and that’s a sentence you wouldn’t hear me saying very often. They’ve given a car with sedan-like room a sleek, curved, sporty look and they will probably be rewarded for it with increased sales.

    The old Elantra had a solid, quiet interior for the money. I had a fully loaded one as a rental and when I was inside of it I was pleased. Walking up to the previous generation’s exterior though was a bit embarrassing. That won’t be the case this time and I might buy one if the price is right. When people see the slanted “H” they think cheap. This car had to be a bit bolder and inspired than most in its class in order to overcome that stigma. Let’s all hope they haven’t gotten cocky and still price this thing below the competition. Because if this is close to the new Focus in price I’m going with the inconic blue emblem synonymous with America and all the fancy commercials that come with it.

  • James

    When I see the “H” I know it’s quality…in fact probably the best cars on the road with their new vehicles starting with the Tuscon and Sonata and now the Elantra, with the Veloster (Tiburon) and a few more around the corner.

    Hyundai bar none is the best value on the planet right now. If you’ve been in a Sonata limited, it makes BMW, Mercedes,owners etc look like you are a moron for buying one of them.

  • Dhelix

    Well, Sonata buyers can more easily see the value; their friends and colleagues probably drive some of the high-end and expensive vehicles you just described. Let’s face it: Luxury for years has been overpriced and now that materials and labor have come down and it’s become much easier to copy-cat… it’s far easier to undercut luxury with cars like the Sonata Limited or Genesis. It’s one thing to build a value luxury car that the other guys are pricing at 50-70 grand and price it close to half of that but how do you do that in the compact or subcompact market where the margins are much, much tighter.

    This is the compact market. The margins here are much lower than that of luxury. It’s a market dominated by students and young couples. I’m not suggesting that they won’t eat up a ton of market share with the new Elantra; I absolutely love the design, and I’m positive that others will too, but I do think they’re making a mistake by pricing this thing similarly to that of the 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 VW Jetta and Chevrolet Cruze, assuming that’s where the pricing is headed. They won’t even end up in the top 3 of this class in terms of sales if they’re priced similarly to that of the other guys regardless of how improved they are. They can’t forget what got them here in the first place: Value for the money.

    Sonata and Genesis were/are successes because they looked similar enough inside and out to cars far more expensive than them. If that’s not the case this time with the Elantra than why wouldn’t people go with a more established brand that seems a bit more upscale? Most consumers are image conscious. If the very same people who bought either a 2011 Sonata Limited or Genesis could have bought a similarly equipped BMW, Mercedes or Audi for the same price they’d have probably done so. And while VW, Ford, Mazda and Chevrolet don’t command that level of respect… if you’re priced up against them… Americans will probably go with what they already know. The current Elantra was way behind everybody else in its class. If Hyundai wants to increase market share and convert some fence sitters into customers they’ll need more than simply good looks.

  • Dhelix

    ^ When I suggest labor has come down I mean the way Hyundai is doing it. Obviously, the AOW is a different story.

  • HemiD

    I can see in the coming couple of years, this automotive company reigning among the top three best manufactures.

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