Hyundai dealerships in the U.S. will start to offer the Elantra Coupe (a two-door coupe) and the Elantra GT (a five-door hatchback) this month, with both being priced below $20,000. The Elantra sedan is the No. 2 top-selling nameplate of Hyundai. Through May, it sold 80,114 units in the U.S, making up around 27% of Hyundai division sales.
The coupe, priced from $18,220, will rival the Honda Civic coupe. Shipping costs are included in this price. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 148 hp, is used to power the base Elantra Coupe GS. This is the same engine that powers the Elantra sedan, mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
Opting for a six-speed automatic transmission means an added $1,000 to the price tag. The standard equipment includes a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats and power windows, locks and mirrors. Choosing the SE model means the addition of sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels, rear spoiler, power sunroof and leather seats, among other features.
The Elantra Coupe SE has a starting price of $20,520, including shipping. The Elantra GT five-door hatchback, the replacement of the outmoded Elantra Touring wagon, has a starting price of $19,170, including shipping.
Basically, the hatchback is a rebadged version of the Hyundai i30 available in Europe. It uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is also used by the U.S. market Elantra sedan. Choosing a six-speed automatic transmission makes the GT cost $1,000 higher than the base price. In the first five months of 2012, Hyundai’s U.S. sales climbed 11% to 292,856 units.