Hyundai U.S. lineup received a new member today at the 2012 Chicago Show, the new 2013 Elantra Coupe, a two-door model based on the popular Elantra sedan that will hit the dealerships this spring. Regarding the design, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe takes the “Fluidic Sulpture” language to another level showing a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces.
Under the hood we find the same 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower (estimated) and 131 lb-ft of torque (estimated) found in the sedan and mated to a six-speed manual transmission. As expected, an automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual control is available as an option.
The six-speed automatic is 11 pounds lighter than Hyundai’s global five-speed. It is considerably simpler, having 62 fewer parts, for greater durability, lighter weight and lower cost. According to the Korean manufacturer, the Elantra Coupe is expected to deliver a fuel economy of 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway for the six-speed manual transmission, and 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway for the six-speed automatic transmission.
This means that the 2013 Elantra Coupe will be capable to offer a highway-only driving range of up to 500 miles. The Elantra Coupe rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, an overall length of 178.7 inches, 69.9-inch width, and 56.5 inch height for uncompromised headroom.
Inside, we find the tilt and telescopic steering wheel, standard heated seats, aluminum pedals for the SE model and two interior color choices, gray and black, available with either the GS or SE trim. The 2013 Elantra Coupe will offer seven exterior colors, three of which are unique from Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White Black, Noir Pearl and Volcanic Red.
Moreover, two audio systems will be available: a standard 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks or an optional 360-watt system with external amplifier is optional with the SE Technology package. In addition, a touch-screen navigation is available on SE trim and features a high-resolution 7.0-inch screen and voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone.