According to the latest reports from Automotive News, it appears that Hyundai will launch two new or redesigned models by January 2012. Hyundai confirmed the dealers attending the brand’s make meeting today that it will launch a two-door coupe version of the 2011 Elantra, set to go on sale this spring.
Moreover, the redesigned Azera large sedan will also go on sale next year, in January. Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai’s U.S. sales boss confirmed the fact that the 2012 Azera will be powered by an all-new 3.3-liter, gasoline, direct-injection V6 engine delivering about 260 horsepower.
This engine will be more fuel-efficient than current Azera. Hyundai expects to sell around 20,000 Azera units a year in the United States, a major leap from the car’s current volume. For those who don’t know, Hyundai sold only 3,051 Azeras last year, announcing a drop of 20 percent from 2009.
Regarding the 2011 Elantra Coupe, this model is expected to use the same engine as the sedan, which means that we will find the all-new 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque capable to deliver around 40 mpg.
The new Hyundai Elantra embodies the carmaker’s so-called "Fluidic Sculpture," which takes into consideration the interplay between the wind and the vehicle’s rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. Basically, the Hyundai Elantra features a distinct silhouette and a side glass (Day Light Opening), just like any sedan that has become a sales success in the United States.
Meanwhile, the front end of the Hyundai Elantra is marked by the carmaker’s signature hexagonal front grille as well as swept-back headlights. Featuring athletic proportions, the Elantra’s imposing stance is further enhanced by alloy wheels that come in different sizes – 15 inches, 16 inches and 17 inches. Customers may further enhance the striking design of their Elantras with the optional fog lights and side repeater mirrors.
Interestingly, the sides of the Elantra feature dynamic flowing lines, including a strong undercut feature line that commences at the front door. These flowing lines together with Elantra’s muscular wheel arches and sleek roofline allow the sedan to offer a spacious package. Moreover, these flowing lines give the Elantra an aerodynamically efficient body, enabling it to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.28, which is much better than the 0.29 cd of the Chevrolet Volt.
Hyundai Elantra was designed at Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif. Serving as the core of the new Hyundai Elantra is a new 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that delivers 148 hp of output and 131 lb-ft of torque (145 hp and 130 lb-ft for Elantra PZEV).
This Nu powerplant replaced the 2.0-liter Beta engine that powered the previous generation Hyundai Elantra. It is smaller and is lighter by 74 pounds less than its predecessor. Moreover, the Nu engine is 18-percent more fuel efficient (highway mpg) than its predecessor.
Advanced clean engine technology has allowed Hyundai to offer the Elantra as an EPA-certified Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) in California, Oregon and several Northeast states. Interestingly, the new PZEV Elantra – which is as green as many hybrid EVs – helps the South Korean carmaker meet its environmental commitments. Outside of these "green" states, Hyundai offers Elantra as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).