Hyundai discontinues the Elantra Coupe, eliminates it from US lineup for 2015

Article by Christian A., on August 14, 2014

The Hyundai Elantra Coupe was introduced in February 2012 but it appears that sales of the vehicle failed to impress the Korean car manufacturer. As a result, the Elantra Coupe was discontinued and eliminated from the US lineup for 2015. According to Jim Trainor, a spokes man for Hyundai Motor America, the manufacturer will now focus on the Elantra Sedan and the Elantra GT.

The good news is that Kia will continue to offer the Forte Koup but for those who want something else, Honda offers the Civic Coupe. Based on the sedan, the Elantra Coupe was offered for 2013-2014 model years and had a starting price of $20,410, including the $810 destination charge.

The model was powered by a 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that generates 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai offered the six-speed manual transmission as standard while the automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual control was available as an option.

With the manual transmission the Elantra Coupe returned 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, while the automatic transmission was able to return 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. With a fuel tank of gas the highway driving range was up to 500 miles.

Elantra Coupe was available in GS or SE trim, with tilt and telescopic steering wheel, standard heated seats, aluminum pedals and two interior color choices. Moreover, seven exterior colors were offered, but three of these were unique from Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White Black, Noir Pearl and Volcanic Red.

The 2014 Elantra Coupe now has even more fun-to-drive features added to a car appreciated for its style, practicality, and premium traits. The improved Elantra Coupe now has a standard 2.0-litre Nu Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, adding 25 more hp (+17%) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18%) from the previous model's 1.8-litre engine. In this Elantra Coupe, the power plant creates 173 hp at 6,500 rpm and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm, augmenting the driver’s behind-the-wheel experience. The improved 2014 Elantra Coupe, along with the entire Elantra range, was presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show of 2013.

Increasing the enjoyment factor even more, Hyundai’s 2014 Elantra Coupe comes with sports-tuned steering and calibrated suspension to hone turns and control on curving roads. Additional new standard features to the Elantra Coupe include an added rear spoiler, 17” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and a singular blacked out grille with chrome trim. These were optional features last year.

The 2014 Elantra Coupe now goes on sale in just one, extremely well-equipped trim, so that customers can shop for their Elantra Coupe easier. A shopper only needs to select a colour for the vehicle and whether or not they want the Technology Package. The 2014 model consolidates the GS and SE trims into one.

New available technologies for the 2014 Elantra Coupe feature the use of next-generation Hyundai technology in navigation and audio. The new arrangement has more intuitive user interfaces, better recognition of voice commands, enhanced navigation displays, and a 7”colour touchscreen with rear-view camera.

Also available in the 2014 are Pandora internet radio, LED tail lamps, projector headlamps with LED accents, and Hyundai's Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care safety, service, and infotainment system. Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care services include Automatic Collision Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and in-vehicle scheduling of Car Care maintenance among others. The 2014 Elantra Coupe, with every single upgrade, will go on the market at Hyundai dealerships beginning winter 2013.

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