Hyundai revealed today the all-new 2011 Elantra, which is set to make its official debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. As you can see, the new car comes with the same fluidic design seen on the new Tucson and the 2011 Sonata, which means that we will see a new hexagonal grille, new taillamps as well as a revamped interior.
As expected, the car will be powered by the new 1.8-liter inline-four engine capable to deliver 148 hp and 131 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the car will be capable to deliver a fuel consumption of 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The car will also be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Inside, the car features new and solid materials as well as a nifty center stack fitted with a circular button to operate a number of climate controls. In addition, we find leather, power sunroof as well as heated front and rear seats as standard.
Also as standard is the electronic stability control, as well as 15-inch wheels. 16-inch and 17-inch wheels are available as an option. Regarding the price, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra will be priced from $15,550, while the top of the line model will cost you $22,700, including destination charges.
The Hyundai Elantra is the car that best exemplifies the brand’s emotional design principles like “Fluidic Sculpture”. The “Fluidic Sculpture” is a design that creates the illusion of having constant motion through the interplay of rigid surfaces with the wind.
The Elantra shows an evolution of the many design qualities that are found in the Sonata. Many successful sedans that have been sold in the U.S. market have both a distinct silhouette and a Day Light Opening, which is just a fancy term for side glass.
Hyundai Elantra is the same as seen from its sides that has Sonata’s lines but has now been added with a strong undercut feature line that starts at the front door. The lines, coupled with a sleek roofline and muscular wheel arches, create a package that is not just spacious but memorable as well.
The flowing lines also have another purpose as it can make the body more aerodynamic, resulting in the Elantra having a low drag coefficient of 0.28 which compares favorably to the 0.29 of the Chevrolet Volt.
The signature hexagonal Hyundai front grille and the swept-back headlights further give the Elantra a rather compact athletic face. This rather assertive stance is complemented by athletic proportions and alloy wheels that can measure 15, 16, or 17 inches. Completing this very distinctive design are the side repeater mirrors and fog lights. The Elantra was designed at the North American Design Center of Hyundai located in Irvine, California.
The Elantra has a 4-cylinder 1.8 liter Nu engine capable of reaching 148 horsepower and maximum torque of 131 lb-ft. The Nu engine replaces the 2.0-liter Beta engine that was the standard in previous models of the Elantra. The engine is not just smaller in size but also weighs 74 pounds less resulting in the Elantra being able to achieve an 18% improvement in fuel economy.
Owing to its advanced clean engine technology, the Elantra sold in states like California, Oregon, as well as a number of northeast states have received certification from the EPA as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles.
The Elantra is just as clean as the different hybrid electric cars available on the market. The Elantra continues to help Hyundai in its commitment to the environment with units being sold outside the green states receiving certification as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle.