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2011 HYUNDAI ELANTRA

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2011 HYUNDAI ELANTRA

By Mark Kleis

Earlier this year, Hyundai used its home-market Busan Motor Show to unveil the replacement for its world-market Elantra, and now the Korean automaker has announced plans to begin selling the all-new model in the U.S. before the end of 2010.

The 2011 Elantra is a heavily restyled reinvention of the car which previously garnered very little positive attention in the U.S. Historically the Elantra has often been viewed as a “value” buy, but never really was it seen as a leader in technology or style.

For 2011, Hyundai hopes to turn the image of the Elantra around in the U.S., giving the small car big style that appears to be largely borrowed from its larger Sonata brother.

Known domestically as the Avante, the new sedan follows closely in the automaker’s more shapely style language recently introduced in the all-new Sonata – both inside and out.

Introduced just days after Hyundai took the wraps off of its sub-Avante Verna (known in North America as the Accent), the Avante was by far the biggest premier at the Busan Auto Show.

In Korea, the Elantra replacement is powered by Hyundai’s latest 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma-series four-cylinder, which utilizes Gasoline Direct Injection technology. The new Gamma also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, a Variable Induction System and exotic anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating.

Hyundai says the motor is good for about 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai believes this powertrain will help the sedan be about 10 percent more efficient than its rivals, which include the Mazda Mazda3, Honda Civic and Ford Focus.

Look for the production world-market Elantra’s formal debut to likely occur in late September at the Paris Motor Show, with a North American on-sale date of late 2010.

We don’t expect many styling changes between the North American variant and the Korean domestic market Avante, although North America is slated to receive a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder as the top powertrain offering.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/hyundai-elantra-2011.html

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ocnblu    772

Cool, an optional 200-hp turbo 4!

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Drew Dowdell    5,159

Cool, an optional 200-hp turbo 4!

1. Chevy isn't done with the engine offerings.

2. better than 90% of Elantras will go with the base engine.

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2011 Hyundai Elantra On Sale By Year's End

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Editor

August 4th, 2010

Hyundai is working on a brand new version of its Elantra sedan that we can confirm today will go on sale at the end of the year as a 2011 model. We’ve already seen it on a number of occasions testing in prototype form, although so far it’s always been heavily camouflaged, but the South Korean version of the car, the Avante, was recently launched overseas.

Hyundai has ambitious plans for its new Elantra compact sedan, with as many as 400,000 annuals sales predicted by 2012. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering its decisively more upmarket look and feel.

Compared to the previous generation Elantra, the new 2011 model has been enlarged by one inch and the axles are now two inches further apart. Key details include a sloping, coupe-like profile, tapered back headlights and a square rump. Prototypes of the car have been spotted testing in both South Korea and the U.S., often alongside rival models like the Honda Civic and Kia Forte.

Power is expected to come from Hyundai’s latest 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. A smaller 1.6-liter unit may also be available.

link:

http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1047933_2011-hyundai-elantra-on-sale-by-years-end

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