2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe promises to take on Honda Civic, Kia Forte

Article by Anita Panait, on February 9, 2012

Hyundai is adding two new variants of its Elantra model, in response to high demand for the product. At the Chicago Auto Show, the company unveiled Elantra’s latest variants – a two-door sporty coupe and a shorter five-door hatch. Hyundai is positioning the two-door variant against other coupes like the Honda Civic and the Kia Forte Koup. 

The front-wheel-drive Elantra Coupe is expected to produce a mileage of 40 mpg on the highway from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.

Hyundai gave the Elantra a slinky styling as well as a roomy interior to attract young buyers. Hyundai plans to market the Elantra coupe as a fun-to-drive option to a slightly different audience than the enthusiast-oriented, Genesis Coupe.

The five-door hatch version meanwhile, dubbed the GT, is targeted to replace the Elantra Touring model and is positioned against the Ford Focus, the Mazda 3 and the Volkswagen Golf.

The Elantra GT carries the same powertrain choices as the coupe, and boasts of a mileage of 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The GT offers up to 51 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the rear, with the seats folded down.

Hyundai unveiled last year a version of the GT, the i30, to target other markets in Europe. Hyundai hopes to further increase its Elantra sales this year with the introduction of the GT and Coupe versions.

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