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If there were any doubts that Hyundai is planning to offer a second generation of its Elantra Touring in North America, this should pretty much do away with them.
Spied parking in an underground condo garage in Toronto, Canada and sent to us by a friend who runs the Endras BMW Blog, the spy photos at first seem to show some type of Volkswagen prototype. The shape of the headlights, however, is just some camo trickery, and the fenders are most certainly those of the Hyundai Elantra Touring. As though more confirmation was needed, a peak inside shows the Hyundai badge on the steering wheel and a typical Hyundai interior.
When it does arrive on our shores, look for the same engine as the current Elantra, with a 2.0-liter making 148 hp and getting 40 mpg on the highway. Previous reports have suggested a 200 hp turbocharged model could be in the works, as well as a plug-in hybrid version.
GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring Spy Photos
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Hyundai has released a single photo of the new Elantra Touring model head of its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The Korean automaker will reveal the car under its European badge, the i30.
Now sharing the brand’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, the Elantra Touring also gets a hexagonal shaped front grille to help bring it closer to the rest of the Hyundai lineup.
When it does make its way to North America, power is expected to come from the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine found under the hood of the Elantra sedan, making 148-hp and achieving a 40-mpg highway rating.
The previous generation Elantra Touring never really caught on in North America, despite generally good things said by the automotive media. The addition of this more stylish, yet functional 5-door hatchback will, however, give Hyundai a product to offer against the new Ford Focus hatchback, competing in what seems to be a re-emerging segment.