Hyundai to Launch New 2011 Elantra Later This Year

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If your current Elantra is starting to feel a bit dated or you want to move from another compact sedan into something with a little more pizzazz, Hyundai has some good news. The 2011 Elantra is on its way, and it's one stylish little four-door.

Pulling cues from its Sonata sibling, the next generation Elantra will impress traditional compact sedan buyers longing for a little more wow factor. The car incorporates the same Fluidic Sculpture design language as Hyundai's larger midsize model and also applies "a new design aesthetic called Wind Craft," says a press release for the Korean market model, dubbed Avante. Where the old design looked like it could have wrapped itself right around a previous generation Corolla, the new car is unlike anything else on the road.

Likewise, it features some impressive hardware under the hood. A 138 horsepower 1.6-litre Gamma four-cylinder engine with 123 lb-ft of torque features direct-injection technology, resulting in estimated fuel economy of 6.0 L/100km combined city/highway.

And those efficiency gains come from a car that is now longer and wider than its predecessor, 2.5 and 5.0 cm (one and two inches) respectively.

Expect the new Elantra to put up a good fight against rivals Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, not to mention totally revised models like Chevy's upcoming Cruze Ford's next-generation Focus.

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Topics: Sedan, Hyundai, 2011, Elantra, $10,000 - $19,999, Compact,

Organizations: Hyundai

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