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  1. William Maley

    Quick Drive: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

    I wasn’t too keen on the redesigned Hyundai Elantra I drove last year. In the review, I said it didn’t really do enough to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic. But maybe the model could redeem itself with the introduction of the Elantra Sport. Hyundai made some key changes such as adding a turbo engine, revised rear suspension, and slight tweaks inside and out. I was really excited to check it out and spend some quality time with it. But life had other plans. The day I was supposed to get the Elantra Sport, I took a tumble down a flight of stairs, causing a fracture in my right leg. Because of this, I really didn’t get to spent a lot of time in the Sport. This is going to be more of a first impressions piece than a review. Hopefully, in the near future, I get to spend some time in the Sport again, barring any injuries. Hyundai only made some small changes such as a blacked out grille, side skirts, rear diffuser, and 18-inch alloy wheels for the Sport. The end result is something that stands out from other Elantra’s, but not to the point where it looks like someone went on a shopping spree in the JC Whitney catalog. The only changes the Elantra Sport gets inside are new front seats with extra side bolstering, different gauge layout, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Otherwise, it is your standard Elantra interior which isn’t a bad thing. The simple dash layout comes paired with the use higher quality materials. Back seat space has seen a nice improvement in terms of legroom, while headroom is still slightly tight for taller folks. Under the hood is a new turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This can be paired with a six-speed manual or my tester’s seven-speed DCT. It should be noted this engine is also being used in the recently refreshed Kia Soul! (Exclaim), but it only comes with the DCT. First impressions of this powertrain were disappointing. It doesn’t feel eager to accelerate quickly as the DCT bogs down at lower speeds. Once above a certain speed, the powertrain becomes alive. Hyundai engineered the 1.6 to deliver torque evenly across the rpm band which gives the impression that you will not run out of steam anytime soon. The DCT delivers quick up and downshifts. You can remove most of the bogginess by putting the vehicle into the Sport mode which sharpens the throttle response and quickens gear changes. This makes the Elantra Sport raring to go when leaving from a stop or acerbating from a corner. Underneath the Elantra Sport’s skin, Hyundai has made some significant changes to the chassis. The big change is a new multi-link rear suspension setup that is said to improve the driving dynamics. There is also revised springs, dampers, and steering ratio. End result? This is Hyundai’s best effort in making a fun to drive vehicle. Body roll is minimized and the vehicle feels poised when going into a corner. Steering is still a mixed bag. Turn-in is quick and there is plenty of weight, but there is barely any feedback from the road. For a sporty model, it is a bit disappointing. Compared to the standard Elantra, the Sport does let a few bumps come inside. But it isn’t to a point where your back will be in pain. There’s a nice balance between handling and comfort. Pricing for the Elantra Sport starts at $21,650 for the manual and $22,750 for the DCT. The Elantra Sport seen here came with an as-tested price of $25,985 as it featured an optional premium package that adds a number of features such as an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, sunroof, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, and upgraded audio system. Where does the Elantra Sport fit in? It is like the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo/NISMO where it is sportier than the standard model, but not a full blown sport compact like the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST. Think of it a warm compact and one that is quite surprising (for the brief time I drove it). Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Elantra Sport, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Hyundai Model: Elantra Trim: Sport Engine: 1.6 Turbo GDI DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder Driveline: Seven-speed DCT, Front-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 201 @ 6000 Torque @ RPM: 195 @ 1500~4500 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 26/33/29 Curb Weight: 3,131 lbs Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama Base Price: $22,750 As Tested Price: $25,985 (Includes $835.00 Destination Charge) Options: Premium Package for Sport - $2,400.00
  2. I wasn’t too keen on the redesigned Hyundai Elantra I drove last year. In the review, I said it didn’t really do enough to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic. But maybe the model could redeem itself with the introduction of the Elantra Sport. Hyundai made some key changes such as adding a turbo engine, revised rear suspension, and slight tweaks inside and out. I was really excited to check it out and spend some quality time with it. But life had other plans. The day I was supposed to get the Elantra Sport, I took a tumble down a flight of stairs, causing a fracture in my right leg. Because of this, I really didn’t get to spent a lot of time in the Sport. This is going to be more of a first impressions piece than a review. Hopefully, in the near future, I get to spend some time in the Sport again, barring any injuries. Hyundai only made some small changes such as a blacked out grille, side skirts, rear diffuser, and 18-inch alloy wheels for the Sport. The end result is something that stands out from other Elantra’s, but not to the point where it looks like someone went on a shopping spree in the JC Whitney catalog. The only changes the Elantra Sport gets inside are new front seats with extra side bolstering, different gauge layout, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Otherwise, it is your standard Elantra interior which isn’t a bad thing. The simple dash layout comes paired with the use higher quality materials. Back seat space has seen a nice improvement in terms of legroom, while headroom is still slightly tight for taller folks. Under the hood is a new turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This can be paired with a six-speed manual or my tester’s seven-speed DCT. It should be noted this engine is also being used in the recently refreshed Kia Soul! (Exclaim), but it only comes with the DCT. First impressions of this powertrain were disappointing. It doesn’t feel eager to accelerate quickly as the DCT bogs down at lower speeds. Once above a certain speed, the powertrain becomes alive. Hyundai engineered the 1.6 to deliver torque evenly across the rpm band which gives the impression that you will not run out of steam anytime soon. The DCT delivers quick up and downshifts. You can remove most of the bogginess by putting the vehicle into the Sport mode which sharpens the throttle response and quickens gear changes. This makes the Elantra Sport raring to go when leaving from a stop or acerbating from a corner. Underneath the Elantra Sport’s skin, Hyundai has made some significant changes to the chassis. The big change is a new multi-link rear suspension setup that is said to improve the driving dynamics. There is also revised springs, dampers, and steering ratio. End result? This is Hyundai’s best effort in making a fun to drive vehicle. Body roll is minimized and the vehicle feels poised when going into a corner. Steering is still a mixed bag. Turn-in is quick and there is plenty of weight, but there is barely any feedback from the road. For a sporty model, it is a bit disappointing. Compared to the standard Elantra, the Sport does let a few bumps come inside. But it isn’t to a point where your back will be in pain. There’s a nice balance between handling and comfort. Pricing for the Elantra Sport starts at $21,650 for the manual and $22,750 for the DCT. The Elantra Sport seen here came with an as-tested price of $25,985 as it featured an optional premium package that adds a number of features such as an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, sunroof, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, and upgraded audio system. Where does the Elantra Sport fit in? It is like the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo/NISMO where it is sportier than the standard model, but not a full blown sport compact like the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST. Think of it a warm compact and one that is quite surprising (for the brief time I drove it). Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Elantra Sport, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Hyundai Model: Elantra Trim: Sport Engine: 1.6 Turbo GDI DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder Driveline: Seven-speed DCT, Front-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 201 @ 6000 Torque @ RPM: 195 @ 1500~4500 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 26/33/29 Curb Weight: 3,131 lbs Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama Base Price: $22,750 As Tested Price: $25,985 (Includes $835.00 Destination Charge) Options: Premium Package for Sport - $2,400.00 View full article
  3. William Maley

    Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

    We are currently living in a golden age of compact cars. From distinctive styling to new powertrains that offer impressive power and fuel economy, the compact car has been growing up. One of the key players in this dramatic change is Hyundai. When they introduced the last-generation Elantra for the 2011 model year, it was unlike any compact that Hyundai or for that matter, any automaker had produced. The swoopy lines of the exterior made the Elantra look more expensive than it was. Plus the combination of a smooth ride and long list of standard features helped propel the model towards the top. How do you follow up this impressive act? Hyundai decided to play it safe when it introduced the 2017 Elantra at the 2015 LA Auto Show - evolution and not revolution. Was this the right decision considering the current crop of compacts? We spent a week in the Elantra Limited sedan to find out. The basic shape of the Elantra is mostly unchanged to the last-generation model. But Hyundai has done some finessing to it. The front features a larger hexagonal grille that has been appearing on Hyundai’s crossover lineup. There is also a new front bumper with a vertical strand of LED lights and reshaped headlights. The side profile becomes bolder with sculpting along the doors and more prominent character lines. In the back, the Elantra takes the trunk lid from the larger Sonata and new taillights. It might not be as daring as the new Honda Civic or Mazda3, but the Elantra has an air of elegance. It stands out but doesn’t scream about it. The interior is where you begin to see the big changes. Higher quality materials like soft-touch plastics are used in a lot of the interior. The dashboard design and layout is the same as the Sonata. This means a much easier control layout than the outgoing model and larger buttons for the various controls. Our Limited tester came with a 7-inch touchscreen as standard. Hyundai’s infotainment system is one of the better systems thanks to easy-to-understand interface and blazing performance. The 2017 Elantra brings forth Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. With our iPhone hooked up to the system, we found Hyundai’s implementation to be one of the best. It only took a few seconds for the system to recognize the phone before bringing up the CarPlay interface. From there, performance was smooth and we had no issues with either the system or phone locking up. Compared to the outgoing Elantra, the new model is about an inch longer and wider. This space has been put to good use in the back seat as legroom has improved. Headroom is still a tough affair if you happen to above 5’8” as your head will be touching the roof. The front seats provide a fair amount of adjustments to get yourself comfortable. The one item we would have liked is a bit more thigh support for longer trips. Most Elantras will feature the engine seen in our tester, a 2.0L Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet. A six-speed automatic is only available on the Limited, but the base SE has the choice between it and a six-speed manual. Compared to the 2.0L found in the last-generation Elantra, there isn’t any real improvement in the power delivery. It still takes its sweet time to get up to speed whether driving on a country road or merging onto a freeway. Out of all the compacts we have driven in 2016, the Elantra is right alongside the Nissan Sentra for being some of the slowest vehicles in the class. The six-speed automatic does a competent job with providing smooth gear changes. Hyundai has two other engines on offer for the Elantra: A turbocharged 1.4L found in the Eco and updated turbocharged 1.6L coming in the new Elantra Sport. For our money, going with either one of these engines would be the better option. We’ll have a better opinion whenever we get behind the wheel of either model in the future. EPA fuel economy figures for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra stand at 27 City/38 Highway/32 Combined. Our week consisting of 60 percent city driving and 40 percent highway returned an average of 30.7 mpg. If there one area the last Hyundai Elantra did very well, it was ride comfort. The new model continues this with improved suspension tuning that irons out most bumps and imperfections. But Hyundai still has a lot of work to do when it comes to noise isolation. A fair amount of road and wind noise comes inside, making the Elantra not a great choice to do a long trip in. Handling has seen a noticeable improvement with the Elantra showing less body roll in cornering. Thank the additional structural rigidity Hyundai has added to the Elantra. Still, the steering could use a bit more work. It feels way too light and you’ll find yourself doing a fair amount of correction when driving on the highway. Hyundai took a big risk with the last-generation Elantra and it proved to be a major success. The design and features on offer shook up the compact car arena and sent manufacturers back to their drawing boards to build something that could take on the Elantra. But for this new model, Hyundai played it safe. They took an idea that was working and just improved it. In certain areas, this is a good thing. The interior is a much nicer place to be in and the addition of CarPlay and Android Auto is nice to have. But Hyundai could have done more to make the Elantra stand out even further. The 2.0L four-cylinder could have a little bit more power and more work should have been done in terms of keeping outside noises from entering the interior. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is an improvement over the outgoing model. But in light of fresh competition such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic, the Elantra doesn’t find itself on top as it once did. Cheers: Still sharp looking, Improved interior design, Comfortable ride Jeers: Slow performance, Too much outside noise coming in, Seats could be improved for longer trips Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Elantra, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Hyundai Model: Elantra Trim: Limited Engine: 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle Four-Cylinder Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 147 @ 6,200 Torque @ RPM: 132 @ 4,500 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 28/37/32 Curb Weight: 2,811 lbs Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama Base Price: $22,350 As Tested Price: $23,310 (Includes $835.00 Destination Charge) Options: Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00 View full article
  4. William Maley

    Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

    We are currently living in a golden age of compact cars. From distinctive styling to new powertrains that offer impressive power and fuel economy, the compact car has been growing up. One of the key players in this dramatic change is Hyundai. When they introduced the last-generation Elantra for the 2011 model year, it was unlike any compact that Hyundai or for that matter, any automaker had produced. The swoopy lines of the exterior made the Elantra look more expensive than it was. Plus the combination of a smooth ride and long list of standard features helped propel the model towards the top. How do you follow up this impressive act? Hyundai decided to play it safe when it introduced the 2017 Elantra at the 2015 LA Auto Show - evolution and not revolution. Was this the right decision considering the current crop of compacts? We spent a week in the Elantra Limited sedan to find out. The basic shape of the Elantra is mostly unchanged to the last-generation model. But Hyundai has done some finessing to it. The front features a larger hexagonal grille that has been appearing on Hyundai’s crossover lineup. There is also a new front bumper with a vertical strand of LED lights and reshaped headlights. The side profile becomes bolder with sculpting along the doors and more prominent character lines. In the back, the Elantra takes the trunk lid from the larger Sonata and new taillights. It might not be as daring as the new Honda Civic or Mazda3, but the Elantra has an air of elegance. It stands out but doesn’t scream about it. The interior is where you begin to see the big changes. Higher quality materials like soft-touch plastics are used in a lot of the interior. The dashboard design and layout is the same as the Sonata. This means a much easier control layout than the outgoing model and larger buttons for the various controls. Our Limited tester came with a 7-inch touchscreen as standard. Hyundai’s infotainment system is one of the better systems thanks to easy-to-understand interface and blazing performance. The 2017 Elantra brings forth Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. With our iPhone hooked up to the system, we found Hyundai’s implementation to be one of the best. It only took a few seconds for the system to recognize the phone before bringing up the CarPlay interface. From there, performance was smooth and we had no issues with either the system or phone locking up. Compared to the outgoing Elantra, the new model is about an inch longer and wider. This space has been put to good use in the back seat as legroom has improved. Headroom is still a tough affair if you happen to above 5’8” as your head will be touching the roof. The front seats provide a fair amount of adjustments to get yourself comfortable. The one item we would have liked is a bit more thigh support for longer trips. Most Elantras will feature the engine seen in our tester, a 2.0L Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet. A six-speed automatic is only available on the Limited, but the base SE has the choice between it and a six-speed manual. Compared to the 2.0L found in the last-generation Elantra, there isn’t any real improvement in the power delivery. It still takes its sweet time to get up to speed whether driving on a country road or merging onto a freeway. Out of all the compacts we have driven in 2016, the Elantra is right alongside the Nissan Sentra for being some of the slowest vehicles in the class. The six-speed automatic does a competent job with providing smooth gear changes. Hyundai has two other engines on offer for the Elantra: A turbocharged 1.4L found in the Eco and updated turbocharged 1.6L coming in the new Elantra Sport. For our money, going with either one of these engines would be the better option. We’ll have a better opinion whenever we get behind the wheel of either model in the future. EPA fuel economy figures for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra stand at 27 City/38 Highway/32 Combined. Our week consisting of 60 percent city driving and 40 percent highway returned an average of 30.7 mpg. If there one area the last Hyundai Elantra did very well, it was ride comfort. The new model continues this with improved suspension tuning that irons out most bumps and imperfections. But Hyundai still has a lot of work to do when it comes to noise isolation. A fair amount of road and wind noise comes inside, making the Elantra not a great choice to do a long trip in. Handling has seen a noticeable improvement with the Elantra showing less body roll in cornering. Thank the additional structural rigidity Hyundai has added to the Elantra. Still, the steering could use a bit more work. It feels way too light and you’ll find yourself doing a fair amount of correction when driving on the highway. Hyundai took a big risk with the last-generation Elantra and it proved to be a major success. The design and features on offer shook up the compact car arena and sent manufacturers back to their drawing boards to build something that could take on the Elantra. But for this new model, Hyundai played it safe. They took an idea that was working and just improved it. In certain areas, this is a good thing. The interior is a much nicer place to be in and the addition of CarPlay and Android Auto is nice to have. But Hyundai could have done more to make the Elantra stand out even further. The 2.0L four-cylinder could have a little bit more power and more work should have been done in terms of keeping outside noises from entering the interior. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is an improvement over the outgoing model. But in light of fresh competition such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic, the Elantra doesn’t find itself on top as it once did. Cheers: Still sharp looking, Improved interior design, Comfortable ride Jeers: Slow performance, Too much outside noise coming in, Seats could be improved for longer trips Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Elantra, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Hyundai Model: Elantra Trim: Limited Engine: 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle Four-Cylinder Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 147 @ 6,200 Torque @ RPM: 132 @ 4,500 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 28/37/32 Curb Weight: 2,811 lbs Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama Base Price: $22,350 As Tested Price: $23,310 (Includes $835.00 Destination Charge) Options: Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00
  5. There's a new member to Hyundai Elantra family. Today, the Korean automaker revealed the 2017 Elantra Sport. The Elantra Sport stands out from other Elantras thanks to small design changes as a blacked-out grille, slightly aggressive body kit, and a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels. The interior boasts some subtle changes such as a set of sport seats with red stitching and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder that is said to produce 'more than' 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai will offer a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Underneath, the Elantra Sport features a fully independent rear suspension setup instead of the torsion beam setup found on other Elantras. Hyundai says the Elantra Sport will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year. This is when we'll likely get the final power figures and pricing. Source: Hyundai Press Release is on Page 2 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Unlocks Passion, Power and Performance 1.6 Turbo GDI engine and independent multi-link rear suspension highlight the most powerful and dynamic Hyundai Elantra ever FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 12, 2016 – Today at a meeting of the Washington Automotive Press Association in Alexandria, VA, Hyundai Motor America unveiled the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport. The most powerful Elantra model ever, the Sport benefits from a variety of important powertrain, chassis and styling upgrades over the current SE, Eco, and Limited models. The Elantra Sport is powered by a 1.6 Turbo GDI four-cylinder engine generating more than 200 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Drivers may choose between a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters. Helping to ensure the most powerful Elantra ever is also the most fun to drive, the Sport is exclusively outfitted with an independent multi-link rear suspension designed to elevate on-road dynamics and feel. Finally, Elantra Sport is visually differentiated with unique bodywork and model-specific interior appointments such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching. “Elantra Sport demonstrates our commitment to providing drivers with compelling vehicle choices that align with their interests,” says Mike Evanoff, Hyundai Motor America manager of product planning. “This is a vehicle that reflects our own passion for cars and driving, expressing it with sharp looks, proven in-car technology, upgraded power, and fun, sporty handling.” The Hyundai Elantra Sport will arrive in North American showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2016. Additional details, including full specifications and pricing, will be available closer to the on-sale date. View full article
  6. William Maley

    Revealed! 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

    There's a new member to Hyundai Elantra family. Today, the Korean automaker revealed the 2017 Elantra Sport. The Elantra Sport stands out from other Elantras thanks to small design changes as a blacked-out grille, slightly aggressive body kit, and a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels. The interior boasts some subtle changes such as a set of sport seats with red stitching and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder that is said to produce 'more than' 200 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai will offer a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Underneath, the Elantra Sport features a fully independent rear suspension setup instead of the torsion beam setup found on other Elantras. Hyundai says the Elantra Sport will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year. This is when we'll likely get the final power figures and pricing. Source: Hyundai Press Release is on Page 2 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Unlocks Passion, Power and Performance 1.6 Turbo GDI engine and independent multi-link rear suspension highlight the most powerful and dynamic Hyundai Elantra ever FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 12, 2016 – Today at a meeting of the Washington Automotive Press Association in Alexandria, VA, Hyundai Motor America unveiled the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport. The most powerful Elantra model ever, the Sport benefits from a variety of important powertrain, chassis and styling upgrades over the current SE, Eco, and Limited models. The Elantra Sport is powered by a 1.6 Turbo GDI four-cylinder engine generating more than 200 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Drivers may choose between a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters. Helping to ensure the most powerful Elantra ever is also the most fun to drive, the Sport is exclusively outfitted with an independent multi-link rear suspension designed to elevate on-road dynamics and feel. Finally, Elantra Sport is visually differentiated with unique bodywork and model-specific interior appointments such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and red contrast stitching. “Elantra Sport demonstrates our commitment to providing drivers with compelling vehicle choices that align with their interests,” says Mike Evanoff, Hyundai Motor America manager of product planning. “This is a vehicle that reflects our own passion for cars and driving, expressing it with sharp looks, proven in-car technology, upgraded power, and fun, sporty handling.” The Hyundai Elantra Sport will arrive in North American showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2016. Additional details, including full specifications and pricing, will be available closer to the on-sale date.
  7. Hyundai has rolled out the sixth-generation Elantra at the LA Auto Show today and while it might not look different on the outside, the inside and under the skin hold some massive changes. Let's begin with the exterior. The basic shape is still the same, but Hyundai has made some changes to make the body more aerodynamic. One of those changes is air curtains in the front to reduce wind resistance. Up front is a new hexagonal grille seen on the company's crossovers and new HID headlights with LED daytime running lights. Inside, Hyundai has lifted the dashboard from the larger Sonata and put it into the Elantra. This layout provides easy access to the various controls. A seven-inch touchscreen comes standard, while another seven-inch with backup camera and eight-inch screen are on the option list. The Elantra also gets a noticeable increase in overall passenger space and material quality. When the Elantra is launched, it will come with a 2.0L four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This can be paired with a six-speed manual or automatic. Down the line will come a Elantra Eco model with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder with 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. This will come paired a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. The 2017 Elantra sedan arrives at dealers in January. Source: Hyundai Press Release is on Page 2 All New 2017 Hyundai Elantra Makes Its Debut At The Los Angeles Auto Show New Elantra Combines Striking Styling, Segment-First Features and Advanced Safety Technologies LOS ANGELES, November 18, 2015 – Hyundai today reveals its all-new 2017 Elantra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As one of Hyundai’s all time best-selling models, the new Elantra enters its sixth-generation building on the momentum and success of its proven award-winning formula and strong value proposition by offering a bold aerodynamic design with sophisticated styling, all-new efficient powertrains for enhanced fuel economy, better ride quality and noise insulation, and comprehensive safety with class-above features. Assembled in both Montgomery, Alabama and Ulsan, South Korea, the new Elantra distinguishes itself from the compact car class with the addition of segment-first premium convenience and safety technologies, and is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2017 Elantra will arrive at Hyundai dealers in January. STRIKING EXTERIOR DESIGN The new Elantra projects confidence with sculpted body forms complemented by smoothly contoured lines that reveal the underlying inspiration of Hyundai designers. Inspired by the concept of dynamic precision, Elantra’s architecture was a perfect platform for collaboration between Hyundai designers and engineers to blend advanced styling with functional aerodynamics. From the front, the new Elantra is defined by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille that projects a distinctive character when combined with its modern lighting signatures, including available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and unique vertical LED daytime running lights, which are firsts for Elantra. Elantra’s sporty lower front fascia integrates functional front wheel air curtains, a component that is derived from the Sonata Hybrid that helps manage air flow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels to minimize turbulence and wind resistance. In addition, underbody covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and rear decklid designed with an expanded trunk edge contribute to Elantra’s 0.27 coefficient of drag. Elantra features a sleek bodyside character line that accentuates a sweeping side window silhouette and striking side profile. Available premium features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, all-new LED door handle approach lights, side mirror LED turn signal indicators and LED taillights with high tech graphics add a level of sophistication and detail to this class-above compact sedan. The 2017 Elantra will be offered in eight exterior colors, five of which are new to the model. Elantra’s overall length has increased by just under an inch and its proportions are further enhanced by increasing its width by 1.0-inches, presenting a more athletic stance and stable appearance. MODERN INTERIOR DESIGN On the inside, Elantra continues to depict a modern driver-oriented design that is optimized for intuitive control, improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features. The contemporary interior design integrates premium soft-touch materials in key touch points and high-tech details to create an inviting and comfortable interior environment for all passengers. The wide design of the instrument panel provides a feeling of spaciousness and is available with a 4.2-inch color TFT LCD instrument display for improved driver visibility and functionality. The rest of the center stack is laid out in a horizontal design with buttons and controls placed in logical groups by function, and a slight seven degree tilt toward the driver for optimal ergonomics. Available premium convenience features such as a segment-first integrated memory system for the power driver seat and side mirrors, dual automatic temperature control with auto defogging system and auto-dimming rearview mirror further enhance driving comfort, along with advanced ergonomic front seats. The front seats feature high-tension lightweight seat frames for improved performance against collisions, and a multi-firmness seat pad to help reduce driver fatigue over long distances. In fact, all of Elantra’s seats, covered in either cloth or available leather, are made of SoyFoam™, an environmentally friendly seating foam that substitutes petroleum based polyol with hydroxyl-functionalized soybean oil and optimizes the formulation/process to maximize mechanical performance. For added comfort and convenience, passengers enjoy available heated front and rear seats with a versatile 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Elantra also offers class-above total interior volume with improved rear headroom and legroom. At 110.2 cu. ft. of total interior volume, the 2017 Elantra is classified as a Midsize car by the EPA, which is a class above Mazda3, Ford Focus and some premium models. REFINED & RESPONSIVE CHASSIS The 2017 Elantra is not only lighter than the outgoing model, but its rigid chassis is now reinforced with 53 percent advanced high-strength steel compared to 21 percent from the previous model, providing improved stiffness at a lower body weight. This increased utilization results in a 29.5 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and 25.3 percent greater bending strength, which bring improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance. Furthermore, the new Elantra increased structural adhesive application 40 times at higher stress points on the chassis and to reinforce welding areas. A component often found in aerospace applications, these structural adhesives also contribute to improved NVH and vehicle dynamics due to extra stiffness in the chassis. Hyundai engineers focused on these enhancements to develop a more rigid body structure in an effort to target top safety ratings by the IIHS and NHTSA. Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through Elantra’s redesigned rear suspension geometry that modifies the angle of the rear shock absorbers and changed the position of the coil springs on the coupled torsion beam axle. Additionally, an increase in rear bushing diameter helps to improve long term durability. Elantra’s front suspension uses an optimally designed McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers along with a front stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll when cornering. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy. Increased caster provides safe and reliable steering feedback at highway speeds. NEW EFFICIENT POWERTRAINS For 2017, the new Elantra receives two all-new powertrains designed for improved fuel efficiency and everyday drivability performance. The standard engine available on the base SE and Limited trim is a 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine producing a peak 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb. ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm (estimated). This Atkinson cycle-type engine reduces pumping loss by delaying the close timing of the intake valve in the compression stroke, therefore maximizing the expansion ratio – it is the only Atkinson cycle engine to be combined with multi-port injection in the compact class. This greater expansion ratio is made more efficient by allowing additional energy to be produced. Furthermore, this engine features a high compression ratio of 12.5. Other enhancements include intermediate valve cam phasing that increases the operational range of the intake valves and helps to reduce pumping loss. High energy ignition coils are also adopted to increase combustion efficiency through increasing spark intensity. A new electronically controlled thermostat decreases pumping energy and allows the thermostat to open at a higher temperature. Finally, piston cooling jets are added to cool down the piston by spraying oil at the lower position of the piston resulting in knock stability and fuel economy improvements. All of this results in up to a 2.2 percent increase in efficiency for optimized fuel economy, and an anticipated 29 city / 38 highway / 33 combined mpg (internal estimate for 6-A/T). This 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine is paired with either a standard six-speed manual transmission (available only on the SE trim) or Elantra’s next generation six-speed automatic transmission. The new automatic transmission helps deliver dynamic performance with an overall 3.3 percent increase in efficiency for optimized fuel economy. A new valve body improves gear shift responsiveness and control, while an optimization in oil pump size aids in improving operating efficiency. A multi-clutch torque converter is also a new addition that allows more control over lock-up. Finally, rolling resistance and friction are minimized by adopting double angular ball bearings. The second powertrain is an all-new 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine equipped on the Elantra Eco trim, available in Spring 2016. This engine produces 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb-ft. of torque at a low 1,400 ~ 3,700 rpm and will be mated to an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Eco trim is projected to achieve an unsurpassed estimated 35 mpg combined rating based on internal testing. COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY In addition to the strengthened chassis, the 2017 Elantra makes structural improvements to the front side members that are now a hexagonal design and the dash-to-cowl connection has also been reinforced. The front apron to the A-pillar now features a straight and continuous load path and has hot stamping applied on the front side rear lower member. B-pillar assemblies feature partial softening hot stamping that start with a reinforcement section (150kgf grade) and then transition into a softening section (100kgf grade) to help absorb side impact. The rear doors also feature dual impact beams. A seven airbag system is standard, including a new driver’s knee airbag, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The 2017 Elantra is expected to receive an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and NHTSA 5-star safety rating. New for 2017, the Elantra also offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies, often reserved for luxury cars, to provide another defensive safety layer for its passengers beyond the standard safety system. Available Automatic Emergency Braking with class-exclusive Pedestrian Detection is a technology that utilizes both the front forward facing radar and camera through sensor fusion to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking. Additional Elantra-first safety technologies include available Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera, now with dynamic guidance. Lane Keep Assist uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings and will alert the driver if the vehicle drifts outside the lane without signaling. The system will apply corrective steering assistance if necessary, and is another active safety tool to assist Elantra drivers and help prevent accidents. INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES The 2017 Elantra truly advances ahead of the compact car class with innovative technology that enhances driver confidence and convenience, without the premium price. Elantra’s segment-exclusive hands-free Smart Trunk, allows Elantra drivers to conveniently open the trunk if their hands are full by simply approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket. An audible beep will sound three times, and the trunk will automatically open, making it easy to place items in the cargo area. The new Elantra enhances the driver experience with available all new Dynamic Bending Light and Smart Cruise Control technology. Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) works in tandem with the HID headlights, so they turn-in with the direction of the steering wheel for better nighttime visibility and safety, while the additional High Beam Assist feature automatically dims the high beams when approaching vehicles are detected. Elantra’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) makes highway and long distance driving more comfortable. Using a radar sensor mounted on the lower front grille, the SCC system maintains a set distance from the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions by automatically adjusting vehicle speed as needed. ADVANCED CONNECTIVITY AND MULTIMEDIA All Elantras come standard with iPhone®/USB and auxiliary input jacks and SiriusXM® satellite radio. New for 2017, the Elantra features two advanced infotainment systems beyond the base audio system that perfectly cater to the digitally connected – an available 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera, and Hyundai’s next-generation 8.0-inch navigation system. Both multimedia systems are equipped with Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, plus any approved smartphone apps. Since smartphone integration requires a wired connection to the vehicle, Elantra provides an available second USB port for charging – the first application on a Hyundai vehicle. The advanced 8.0-inch navigation system features an enhanced display with improved touch sensitivity for touch and drag control, increased screen brightness for better daytime visibility, and a split-screen display showing map and music data. Both SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio® Technology are standard on this system. For additional convenience and connectivity, navigation-equipped Elantras offer pre-loaded apps, voice control functions, and premium SiriusXM features. Pandora® capability Real-time SiriusXM® Travel Link® three-month trial period, including traffic, weather, sports, stocks, fuel prices, even movie times, multi-cultural channels and presets recording capability SiriusXM® Tune Start – plays current song from the beginning when tuning into a preset channel “Eyes Free” Siri integration –voice control function to prevent driver distraction For the first time, Elantra also will offer an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system, including a center speaker and subwoofer. Furthermore, music lovers will appreciate Hyundai’s first application of Harman’s patented Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology. Clari-Fi™ analyzes digital audio files during playback and automatically rebuilds much of what was lost in the compression process. This delivers a musical experience closer to the artists’ original intent, with increased dynamic range for enhanced realism, and improved overall fidelity. NEXT-GENERATION BLUE LINK® The 2017 Elantra offers the next-generation Hyundai Blue Link system with enhanced safety, service and infotainment telematics. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start w/ Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web or via smartphone app. Some of these features can even be controlled via the latest Android Wear™ and new Apple Watch™ smartwatch offerings. Blue Link is offered in three service packages: Connected Care & Remote is available on all models and Guidance is available on Navigation-equipped models. 2017 Elantras equipped with Blue Link offer one year of complimentary Blue Link Connected Care. Connected Care package (complimentary for 1-year): Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance SOS Emergency Assistance Enhanced Roadside Assistance Monthly Vehicle Health Report Maintenance Alerts Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC) Service Link Blue Link App (smartphone, smartwatch) On-Demand Diagnostics Driving Information Remote package: Remote Start with Climate Control Remote Door Lock/Unlock Remote Horn and Lights Car Finder via Mobile App Stolen Vehicle Recovery/Slowdown/Immobilization Vehicle Safeguard Alerts: Geo-Fence Valet Alert Speed/Curfew Alert Guidance package (Navigation-equipped models): Destination search powered by Google® Destination Send-to-Car by Google® View full article
  8. Hyundai has rolled out the sixth-generation Elantra at the LA Auto Show today and while it might not look different on the outside, the inside and under the skin hold some massive changes. Let's begin with the exterior. The basic shape is still the same, but Hyundai has made some changes to make the body more aerodynamic. One of those changes is air curtains in the front to reduce wind resistance. Up front is a new hexagonal grille seen on the company's crossovers and new HID headlights with LED daytime running lights. Inside, Hyundai has lifted the dashboard from the larger Sonata and put it into the Elantra. This layout provides easy access to the various controls. A seven-inch touchscreen comes standard, while another seven-inch with backup camera and eight-inch screen are on the option list. The Elantra also gets a noticeable increase in overall passenger space and material quality. When the Elantra is launched, it will come with a 2.0L four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This can be paired with a six-speed manual or automatic. Down the line will come a Elantra Eco model with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder with 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. This will come paired a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. The 2017 Elantra sedan arrives at dealers in January. Source: Hyundai Press Release is on Page 2 All New 2017 Hyundai Elantra Makes Its Debut At The Los Angeles Auto Show New Elantra Combines Striking Styling, Segment-First Features and Advanced Safety Technologies LOS ANGELES, November 18, 2015 – Hyundai today reveals its all-new 2017 Elantra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As one of Hyundai’s all time best-selling models, the new Elantra enters its sixth-generation building on the momentum and success of its proven award-winning formula and strong value proposition by offering a bold aerodynamic design with sophisticated styling, all-new efficient powertrains for enhanced fuel economy, better ride quality and noise insulation, and comprehensive safety with class-above features. Assembled in both Montgomery, Alabama and Ulsan, South Korea, the new Elantra distinguishes itself from the compact car class with the addition of segment-first premium convenience and safety technologies, and is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2017 Elantra will arrive at Hyundai dealers in January. STRIKING EXTERIOR DESIGN The new Elantra projects confidence with sculpted body forms complemented by smoothly contoured lines that reveal the underlying inspiration of Hyundai designers. Inspired by the concept of dynamic precision, Elantra’s architecture was a perfect platform for collaboration between Hyundai designers and engineers to blend advanced styling with functional aerodynamics. From the front, the new Elantra is defined by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille that projects a distinctive character when combined with its modern lighting signatures, including available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and unique vertical LED daytime running lights, which are firsts for Elantra. Elantra’s sporty lower front fascia integrates functional front wheel air curtains, a component that is derived from the Sonata Hybrid that helps manage air flow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels to minimize turbulence and wind resistance. In addition, underbody covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and rear decklid designed with an expanded trunk edge contribute to Elantra’s 0.27 coefficient of drag. Elantra features a sleek bodyside character line that accentuates a sweeping side window silhouette and striking side profile. Available premium features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, all-new LED door handle approach lights, side mirror LED turn signal indicators and LED taillights with high tech graphics add a level of sophistication and detail to this class-above compact sedan. The 2017 Elantra will be offered in eight exterior colors, five of which are new to the model. Elantra’s overall length has increased by just under an inch and its proportions are further enhanced by increasing its width by 1.0-inches, presenting a more athletic stance and stable appearance. MODERN INTERIOR DESIGN On the inside, Elantra continues to depict a modern driver-oriented design that is optimized for intuitive control, improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features. The contemporary interior design integrates premium soft-touch materials in key touch points and high-tech details to create an inviting and comfortable interior environment for all passengers. The wide design of the instrument panel provides a feeling of spaciousness and is available with a 4.2-inch color TFT LCD instrument display for improved driver visibility and functionality. The rest of the center stack is laid out in a horizontal design with buttons and controls placed in logical groups by function, and a slight seven degree tilt toward the driver for optimal ergonomics. Available premium convenience features such as a segment-first integrated memory system for the power driver seat and side mirrors, dual automatic temperature control with auto defogging system and auto-dimming rearview mirror further enhance driving comfort, along with advanced ergonomic front seats. The front seats feature high-tension lightweight seat frames for improved performance against collisions, and a multi-firmness seat pad to help reduce driver fatigue over long distances. In fact, all of Elantra’s seats, covered in either cloth or available leather, are made of SoyFoam™, an environmentally friendly seating foam that substitutes petroleum based polyol with hydroxyl-functionalized soybean oil and optimizes the formulation/process to maximize mechanical performance. For added comfort and convenience, passengers enjoy available heated front and rear seats with a versatile 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Elantra also offers class-above total interior volume with improved rear headroom and legroom. At 110.2 cu. ft. of total interior volume, the 2017 Elantra is classified as a Midsize car by the EPA, which is a class above Mazda3, Ford Focus and some premium models. REFINED & RESPONSIVE CHASSIS The 2017 Elantra is not only lighter than the outgoing model, but its rigid chassis is now reinforced with 53 percent advanced high-strength steel compared to 21 percent from the previous model, providing improved stiffness at a lower body weight. This increased utilization results in a 29.5 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and 25.3 percent greater bending strength, which bring improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance. Furthermore, the new Elantra increased structural adhesive application 40 times at higher stress points on the chassis and to reinforce welding areas. A component often found in aerospace applications, these structural adhesives also contribute to improved NVH and vehicle dynamics due to extra stiffness in the chassis. Hyundai engineers focused on these enhancements to develop a more rigid body structure in an effort to target top safety ratings by the IIHS and NHTSA. Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through Elantra’s redesigned rear suspension geometry that modifies the angle of the rear shock absorbers and changed the position of the coil springs on the coupled torsion beam axle. Additionally, an increase in rear bushing diameter helps to improve long term durability. Elantra’s front suspension uses an optimally designed McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers along with a front stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll when cornering. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy. Increased caster provides safe and reliable steering feedback at highway speeds. NEW EFFICIENT POWERTRAINS For 2017, the new Elantra receives two all-new powertrains designed for improved fuel efficiency and everyday drivability performance. The standard engine available on the base SE and Limited trim is a 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine producing a peak 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb. ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm (estimated). This Atkinson cycle-type engine reduces pumping loss by delaying the close timing of the intake valve in the compression stroke, therefore maximizing the expansion ratio – it is the only Atkinson cycle engine to be combined with multi-port injection in the compact class. This greater expansion ratio is made more efficient by allowing additional energy to be produced. Furthermore, this engine features a high compression ratio of 12.5. Other enhancements include intermediate valve cam phasing that increases the operational range of the intake valves and helps to reduce pumping loss. High energy ignition coils are also adopted to increase combustion efficiency through increasing spark intensity. A new electronically controlled thermostat decreases pumping energy and allows the thermostat to open at a higher temperature. Finally, piston cooling jets are added to cool down the piston by spraying oil at the lower position of the piston resulting in knock stability and fuel economy improvements. All of this results in up to a 2.2 percent increase in efficiency for optimized fuel economy, and an anticipated 29 city / 38 highway / 33 combined mpg (internal estimate for 6-A/T). This 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine is paired with either a standard six-speed manual transmission (available only on the SE trim) or Elantra’s next generation six-speed automatic transmission. The new automatic transmission helps deliver dynamic performance with an overall 3.3 percent increase in efficiency for optimized fuel economy. A new valve body improves gear shift responsiveness and control, while an optimization in oil pump size aids in improving operating efficiency. A multi-clutch torque converter is also a new addition that allows more control over lock-up. Finally, rolling resistance and friction are minimized by adopting double angular ball bearings. The second powertrain is an all-new 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine equipped on the Elantra Eco trim, available in Spring 2016. This engine produces 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb-ft. of torque at a low 1,400 ~ 3,700 rpm and will be mated to an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Eco trim is projected to achieve an unsurpassed estimated 35 mpg combined rating based on internal testing. COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY In addition to the strengthened chassis, the 2017 Elantra makes structural improvements to the front side members that are now a hexagonal design and the dash-to-cowl connection has also been reinforced. The front apron to the A-pillar now features a straight and continuous load path and has hot stamping applied on the front side rear lower member. B-pillar assemblies feature partial softening hot stamping that start with a reinforcement section (150kgf grade) and then transition into a softening section (100kgf grade) to help absorb side impact. The rear doors also feature dual impact beams. A seven airbag system is standard, including a new driver’s knee airbag, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The 2017 Elantra is expected to receive an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and NHTSA 5-star safety rating. New for 2017, the Elantra also offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies, often reserved for luxury cars, to provide another defensive safety layer for its passengers beyond the standard safety system. Available Automatic Emergency Braking with class-exclusive Pedestrian Detection is a technology that utilizes both the front forward facing radar and camera through sensor fusion to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking. Additional Elantra-first safety technologies include available Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera, now with dynamic guidance. Lane Keep Assist uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings and will alert the driver if the vehicle drifts outside the lane without signaling. The system will apply corrective steering assistance if necessary, and is another active safety tool to assist Elantra drivers and help prevent accidents. INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES The 2017 Elantra truly advances ahead of the compact car class with innovative technology that enhances driver confidence and convenience, without the premium price. Elantra’s segment-exclusive hands-free Smart Trunk, allows Elantra drivers to conveniently open the trunk if their hands are full by simply approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket. An audible beep will sound three times, and the trunk will automatically open, making it easy to place items in the cargo area. The new Elantra enhances the driver experience with available all new Dynamic Bending Light and Smart Cruise Control technology. Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) works in tandem with the HID headlights, so they turn-in with the direction of the steering wheel for better nighttime visibility and safety, while the additional High Beam Assist feature automatically dims the high beams when approaching vehicles are detected. Elantra’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) makes highway and long distance driving more comfortable. Using a radar sensor mounted on the lower front grille, the SCC system maintains a set distance from the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions by automatically adjusting vehicle speed as needed. ADVANCED CONNECTIVITY AND MULTIMEDIA All Elantras come standard with iPhone®/USB and auxiliary input jacks and SiriusXM® satellite radio. New for 2017, the Elantra features two advanced infotainment systems beyond the base audio system that perfectly cater to the digitally connected – an available 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera, and Hyundai’s next-generation 8.0-inch navigation system. Both multimedia systems are equipped with Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, plus any approved smartphone apps. Since smartphone integration requires a wired connection to the vehicle, Elantra provides an available second USB port for charging – the first application on a Hyundai vehicle. The advanced 8.0-inch navigation system features an enhanced display with improved touch sensitivity for touch and drag control, increased screen brightness for better daytime visibility, and a split-screen display showing map and music data. Both SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio® Technology are standard on this system. For additional convenience and connectivity, navigation-equipped Elantras offer pre-loaded apps, voice control functions, and premium SiriusXM features. Pandora® capability Real-time SiriusXM® Travel Link® three-month trial period, including traffic, weather, sports, stocks, fuel prices, even movie times, multi-cultural channels and presets recording capability SiriusXM® Tune Start – plays current song from the beginning when tuning into a preset channel “Eyes Free” Siri integration –voice control function to prevent driver distraction For the first time, Elantra also will offer an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system, including a center speaker and subwoofer. Furthermore, music lovers will appreciate Hyundai’s first application of Harman’s patented Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology. Clari-Fi™ analyzes digital audio files during playback and automatically rebuilds much of what was lost in the compression process. This delivers a musical experience closer to the artists’ original intent, with increased dynamic range for enhanced realism, and improved overall fidelity. NEXT-GENERATION BLUE LINK® The 2017 Elantra offers the next-generation Hyundai Blue Link system with enhanced safety, service and infotainment telematics. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start w/ Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web or via smartphone app. Some of these features can even be controlled via the latest Android Wear™ and new Apple Watch™ smartwatch offerings. Blue Link is offered in three service packages: Connected Care & Remote is available on all models and Guidance is available on Navigation-equipped models. 2017 Elantras equipped with Blue Link offer one year of complimentary Blue Link Connected Care. Connected Care package (complimentary for 1-year): Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance SOS Emergency Assistance Enhanced Roadside Assistance Monthly Vehicle Health Report Maintenance Alerts Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC) Service Link Blue Link App (smartphone, smartwatch) On-Demand Diagnostics Driving Information Remote package: Remote Start with Climate Control Remote Door Lock/Unlock Remote Horn and Lights Car Finder via Mobile App Stolen Vehicle Recovery/Slowdown/Immobilization Vehicle Safeguard Alerts: Geo-Fence Valet Alert Speed/Curfew Alert Guidance package (Navigation-equipped models): Destination search powered by Google® Destination Send-to-Car by Google®
  9. William Maley

    Teased: Next-Generation Hyundai Elantra

    Hyundai has released a teaser drawing of the next Elantra and it looks nothing like the current model. The drawing shows a model that is heavily influenced by the current Genesis. Such details as a large grille, slim headlights, bold character line, and sloping roofline are apparent here. "The All-new Elantra captures the car’s unique design characteristics that really place this model in a class of its own. The subtle and innovative appearance enhancements reflect Hyundai Motor’s vision for design. Furthermore, this car indicates a move from traditional to modern styling by communicating the new model’s comfort, fashion and sporty feel,” said Hyundai President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer. Now Hyundai says the Elantra will debut in November at the L.A. Auto Show. Source: Hyundai Press Release is on Page 2 Sleek All-New Elantra Reveals its Dynamic Impression Style of All-new Elantra places Hyundai Motor compact sedan in a class of its own Appealing active character lines and creatively designed wheel arches August 19, 2015 – Hyundai Motor is excited to provide customers a glimpse of the forthcoming All-new Elantra’s modern looks and unique design ahead of the car’s launch just around the corner. The new model’s dynamic and sleek style received the approval of a recent consumer study, where the Elantra’s striking appearance saw it ranked ahead of key rivals. Designers of the All-new Elantra identified a series of innovative design aspects that give the car an unrivalled status and unique presence. Clever use of active character lines evoke a dynamic, stylish and confident appearance, building on the global popularity of the model. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Company said: “The All-new Elantra captures the car’s unique design characteristics that really place this model in a class of its own. The subtle and innovative appearance enhancements reflect Hyundai Motor’s vision for design. Furthermore, this car indicates a move from traditional to modern styling by communicating the new model’s comfort, fashion and sporty feel.” In the newly released exterior rendering, the car’s innovative design points become clear. Noticeably, the large hexagonal grille is paired with slim and sporty headlights for a feeling of energy, while clean and refined surfaces build on the active stance of the All-new Elantra. Additionally, wheel arches with a goal of expressing the car’s dynamic road presence, help to set the new model apart from other compact sedans.
  10. Hyundai has released a teaser drawing of the next Elantra and it looks nothing like the current model. The drawing shows a model that is heavily influenced by the current Genesis. Such details as a large grille, slim headlights, bold character line, and sloping roofline are apparent here. "The All-new Elantra captures the car’s unique design characteristics that really place this model in a class of its own. The subtle and innovative appearance enhancements reflect Hyundai Motor’s vision for design. Furthermore, this car indicates a move from traditional to modern styling by communicating the new model’s comfort, fashion and sporty feel,” said Hyundai President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer. Now Hyundai says the Elantra will debut in November at the L.A. Auto Show. Source: Hyundai Press Release is on Page 2 Sleek All-New Elantra Reveals its Dynamic Impression Style of All-new Elantra places Hyundai Motor compact sedan in a class of its own Appealing active character lines and creatively designed wheel arches August 19, 2015 – Hyundai Motor is excited to provide customers a glimpse of the forthcoming All-new Elantra’s modern looks and unique design ahead of the car’s launch just around the corner. The new model’s dynamic and sleek style received the approval of a recent consumer study, where the Elantra’s striking appearance saw it ranked ahead of key rivals. Designers of the All-new Elantra identified a series of innovative design aspects that give the car an unrivalled status and unique presence. Clever use of active character lines evoke a dynamic, stylish and confident appearance, building on the global popularity of the model. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Company said: “The All-new Elantra captures the car’s unique design characteristics that really place this model in a class of its own. The subtle and innovative appearance enhancements reflect Hyundai Motor’s vision for design. Furthermore, this car indicates a move from traditional to modern styling by communicating the new model’s comfort, fashion and sporty feel.” In the newly released exterior rendering, the car’s innovative design points become clear. Noticeably, the large hexagonal grille is paired with slim and sporty headlights for a feeling of energy, while clean and refined surfaces build on the active stance of the All-new Elantra. Additionally, wheel arches with a goal of expressing the car’s dynamic road presence, help to set the new model apart from other compact sedans. View full article
  11. The Hyundai Elantra has been quite the success since the Korean automaker introduced back in 2012. With distinctive styling, impressive feature set, and value that very few competitors can match. But since that time, competitors have been introducing new and refreshed compact models into the marketplace to challenge the Elantra. What does Hyundai decide to do? They introduced a refreshed version Elantra for 2014. I spent some time in a 2014 Elantra Limited sedan to see if it still is a formidable challenger. This being a mid-cycle refresh, the Elantra doesn’t have any dramatic changes inside or out. The Elantra’s exterior still has the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language in spades with flowing curves throughout the vehicle. Changes for the 2014 model include a new front grille, LED-trimmed headlights, and LED taillights. These little changes do freshen up the Elantra and make it one of more elegant compact models in the marketplace. As for the interior, Hyundai has made some changes to the trim and infotainment system. Otherwise, the Elantra is still the same high-quality, and comfortable interior as before. One downside to the Elantra is the backseat. Legroom is slightly tight and headroom is only more so due to the sloping roofline. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of a new 2.0L GDI four-cylinder producing 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The downside is that the 2.0L is only available on the new Sport model. The SE and Limited models stick with the 1.8L GDI four-cylinder 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. Now I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want the 2.0L engine in the Limited, but I will admit that the 1.8L does get the job done. Power is adequate through the rpm range, so you don’t feel like you need any more power. The six-speed automatic which comes as standard on the Limited is smooth and doesn’t hunt around for gears. Fuel economy on the 2014 Elantra Limited is rated at 27 City/37 Highway/31 Combined. My week saw an average of 32 MPG. Ride characteristics of the Elantra remind me of a larger sedan as it floats over bumps, and provides a mostly quiet ride. On curves, the Elantra sedan is surprisingly a good handler with no body lean. However the steering is a disappointment if you decide to push it as there no feedback. There’s also the Driver Selectable Steering Mode which allows a driver to vary the weight from three different settings. I found this system to be more a gimmick than actual feature. Summing up the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited sedan goes like this: It still is a formidable challenger in the compact class. Hyundai tweaked the small things that were needed and left the rest of the car alone. This improved the vehicle from being good to being one the class leaders. Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Elantra Limited, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2014 Make: Hyundai Model: Elantra Trim: Limited Engine: 1.8L GDI DOHC D-CVVT Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic Horsepower @ RPM: 145 @ 6,500 Torque @ RPM: 130 @ 4,700 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 27/37/31 Curb Weight: 2,943 lbs Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea Base Price: $21,650.00 As Tested Price: $25,335.00 (Includes $810.00 Destination Charge) Options: Technology Package - $2,750.00 Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00 William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. View full article
  12. William Maley

    Quick Drive: 2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited

    The Hyundai Elantra has been quite the success since the Korean automaker introduced back in 2012. With distinctive styling, impressive feature set, and value that very few competitors can match. But since that time, competitors have been introducing new and refreshed compact models into the marketplace to challenge the Elantra. What does Hyundai decide to do? They introduced a refreshed version Elantra for 2014. I spent some time in a 2014 Elantra Limited sedan to see if it still is a formidable challenger. This being a mid-cycle refresh, the Elantra doesn’t have any dramatic changes inside or out. The Elantra’s exterior still has the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language in spades with flowing curves throughout the vehicle. Changes for the 2014 model include a new front grille, LED-trimmed headlights, and LED taillights. These little changes do freshen up the Elantra and make it one of more elegant compact models in the marketplace. As for the interior, Hyundai has made some changes to the trim and infotainment system. Otherwise, the Elantra is still the same high-quality, and comfortable interior as before. One downside to the Elantra is the backseat. Legroom is slightly tight and headroom is only more so due to the sloping roofline. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of a new 2.0L GDI four-cylinder producing 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The downside is that the 2.0L is only available on the new Sport model. The SE and Limited models stick with the 1.8L GDI four-cylinder 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. Now I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want the 2.0L engine in the Limited, but I will admit that the 1.8L does get the job done. Power is adequate through the rpm range, so you don’t feel like you need any more power. The six-speed automatic which comes as standard on the Limited is smooth and doesn’t hunt around for gears. Fuel economy on the 2014 Elantra Limited is rated at 27 City/37 Highway/31 Combined. My week saw an average of 32 MPG. Ride characteristics of the Elantra remind me of a larger sedan as it floats over bumps, and provides a mostly quiet ride. On curves, the Elantra sedan is surprisingly a good handler with no body lean. However the steering is a disappointment if you decide to push it as there no feedback. There’s also the Driver Selectable Steering Mode which allows a driver to vary the weight from three different settings. I found this system to be more a gimmick than actual feature. Summing up the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited sedan goes like this: It still is a formidable challenger in the compact class. Hyundai tweaked the small things that were needed and left the rest of the car alone. This improved the vehicle from being good to being one the class leaders. Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Elantra Limited, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2014 Make: Hyundai Model: Elantra Trim: Limited Engine: 1.8L GDI DOHC D-CVVT Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic Horsepower @ RPM: 145 @ 6,500 Torque @ RPM: 130 @ 4,700 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 27/37/31 Curb Weight: 2,943 lbs Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea Base Price: $21,650.00 As Tested Price: $25,335.00 (Includes $810.00 Destination Charge) Options: Technology Package - $2,750.00 Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00 William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
  13. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com November 20, 2013 The Hyundai Elantra has been on sale for the past three with not many changes to it. The model has done ok in the sales charts, but it's beginning to look somewhat stale with fresh models coming in. Hyundai decided it was time for a refresh of the Elantra. The result of the refresh was shown at the LA Auto Show today. Most of the changes for the 2014 Elantra focus on the sedan. Starting off on the exterior, Hyundai gave the Elantra sedan new front and rear fascias, projector headlights with LED accent lighting, and wrap-around taillights. There is a chrome accent along the beltline and new set of alloy wheels ranging from fifteen to seventeen-inches. Inside, the Elantra gets two new headunits; a four-inch color screen radio and seven-inch touchscreen with navigation. Both headunits also come with a backup camera. Hyundai's BlueLink Telematics system comes finally comes to the Elantra as an option. Hyundai also worked hard on making the Elantra sound quieter with number of improvements such as thicker carpets and padding. Under the skin, the Elantra SE and Limited get get softer front springs, unique settings for the dampers, and the driver selectable steering system which allows a driver to vary the weight of the steering. Other changes include a Hill-Start Assist Control and the addition of blind spot mirrors. The big news for the Elantra lineup is the introduction of a new Sport model. The Elantra Sport starts off with a rear diffuser, exposed exhaust tip, and a new spoiler. Under the hood is a new 2.0L GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or automatic. The Sport also features a unique suspension setup and steering configuration to amp to the sporty-ness. Meanwhile for the 2014 Elantra Coupe and GT, they get minor changes. The Coupe gets the projector headlights with LED accents and Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system as options. Both models get the 2.0L GDI four-cylinder as standard equipment and a blind spot mirror. The 2014 Elantra lineup arrives at dealers in December. Source: Hyundai William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 REFRESHED 2014 ELANTRA ARRIVES AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW WITH NEW GDI ENGINE, DYNAMIC DESIGN AND HOST OF NEW FEATURES Performance-Oriented Elantra Sport Added to the Lineup More Than 75 New Reasons to Drive the Hyundai Elantra LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 – The award-winning Hyundai Elantra returns for 2014 with extensive design upgrades and a more powerful GDI engine in the new Sport trim. A host of new features have also been added, while maintaining the roominess, warranty and safety that has made Elantra a three-time recipient of the ALG Residual Value Award. In total, more than 75 Elantra major sub-systems are new or redesigned. The all-new 2014 Elantra Sport and the rest of the Elantra line up was introduced today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2014 Elantra receives all-new front and rear exterior designs, along with interior styling upgrades. Sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations sharpen the new Elantra Sport's handling, while extensive technology upgrades improve ergonomics for the entire Elantra Sedan lineup. New technologies built into the 2014 Elantra include the application of the next-generation navigation and audio technology, which feature simpler user interfaces, enhanced voice recognition commands, improved navigation screens and available Pandora internet radio. A 4.3-inch color touchscreen with integrated rearview camera is now available on the entry level SE, in the Preferred Package, and as standard equipment on the Elantra Sport and Limited. Also new to Elantra Limited is Hyundai's Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care safety, service and infotainment telematics system. NEW FOR 2014: Packaging -Elantra GLS is now Elantra SE -Elantra Sport added to the lineup Exterior Enhancements -New front and rear fascia styling with new rear diffuser -Projector headlights with LED headlight accents standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -LED taillights standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -Chrome belt line molding standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -Exposed single exhaust tip standard on Elantra Sport -15-inch alloy wheels standard on Elantra SE -New Fog lamp styling -Redesigned 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels on Elantra Sport -Redesigned 17-inch alloys wheels on Elantra Limited -Redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels on SE Preferred Package -Rear spoiler standard on Sport Interior Enhancements -Pandora® Internet Radio (available) -Center stack HVAC vents relocated -New 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen audio with rearview camera standard on Elantra Limited and Sport and included in SE Preferred Package -New dual dial HVAC controls -New aluminum entrance sills standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -New third generation navigation with seven-inch touchscreen optional on Elantra Limited -New straight pull transmission selector with leather boot -New aluminum pedals standard on Elantra Sport -New beige interior color choice -Increased height of center armrest -New reverse LCD display Safety and Technology -New Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) -New driver's blind spot mirror -New standard Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care on Elantra Limited Driving Dynamics -All-new 2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine standard in Elantra Sport -Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) standard on Elantra SE and Limited -Stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Sport deliver better front roll control NVH Enhancements -New HVAC duct absorption material -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -New anti-vibration material in dash pad -Hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited -New 16-inch and 17-inch wheels -Raised cowl top -Applied full underbody cover REFRESHED EXTERIOR DESIGN For 2014, the Elantra has received a host of exterior design changes. The front and rear styling of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra have been altered for a more stable, balanced look. Up front, a new open-mouth lower bumper, grille, more technical foglights and projector headlamps with LED accents add a dynamic, precise feel to Elantra. The whole L-shaped foglight graphic stabilizes the front end and gives the car a more grounded look, while maintaining a greater sense of width that forces the eye to the corners. The headlamp and taillamp LED accents were also given a more technical appearance to give the Elantra a stronger attitude. From the profile, a chrome beltline molding and new sets of 17-inch alloy wheels on the Elantra Limited and Sport accentuate the Elantra's premium image. A new black, two-tone rear diffuser also sharpens the look of the 2014 Elantra. INTERIOR REFINEMENTS Inside, refinements in design give the entire 2014 Hyundai Elantra a more premium feel, with an all-new third-generation navigation and audio technology, available aluminum accents and new HVAC controls. Subtle changes to the placement of HVAC vents, controls and the height of the front center armrest lend a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more upscale environment is accomplished with a slightly darker, more neutral beige interior color choice, aluminum pedals on the Sport and aluminum door sill plates on the Sport and Limited. The Elantra Limited offers a new optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions. The systems memory also allows for viewing and storing of jpeg images and Mpeg music files from a USB stick. PANDORA INTERNET RADIO Pandora internet radio is integrated into the Elantra Limited's optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB cable and integrates album cover art. -Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide variety of connected devices -Personalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or composer "seed" and are refined to each listener's taste through simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback -Pandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours every month -More than 80% of Pandora's total listening hours occur via mobile and other connected devices -Approximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to Pandora in the past month Elantra SE and Sport have an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers. This system also includes iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs. The Sport and Limited trims come equipped with a 4.3-inch color touchscreen audio with standard rearview camera. This system is part of the Preferred Package on the Elantra SE. Elantra Limited features an optional premium audio system with navigation that pumps out 360-watts of sound and includes an external amplifier. It also accesses digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio and allows the driver and passengers to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a phone to the audio system. NVH IMPROVEMENTS HAPPEN AT HYUNDAI SPEED Since the launch of the current generation in 2010 as a 2011 model, Elantra has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise. These engineering changes will be noticed immediately by driver and passengers: Features to help block engine noise: -New HVAC duct absorption material -Increased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area -New hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited -Raised cowl top Features to help block road noise: -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -New 16-inch and 17-inch wheels for improved NVH -Applied full underbody cover Features to help block combustion noise: -New perforated anti-vibration material in dash panel POWERTRAINS The 2014 Elantra now offers the 2.0-liter "Nu" GDI engine in the all-new Sport trim. This addition will be very popular with consumers who are looking for exceptional responsiveness, refinement and more performance. The 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine in the Elantra Sport produces 173 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm. This adds 25 more horsepower (+ 17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) when compared with last model year's 1.8-liter Nu engine from the prior model year. These performance gains were achieved by increasing the displacement of the 1.8-liter Nu engine to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system. The stroke of the 1.8-liter Nu engine was increased from 87.2 mm to 97 mm to get the displacement up to 2.0 liters. The 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque - from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm - for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. Equipping the Elantra Sedan Sport with the 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with GDI ensures a great balance between performance and fuel economy. The Elantra Sedan Sport with the 2.0-liter GDI engine and six-speed automatic transmission achieves an EPA estimated 24 city/35 highway mpg with a ULEV emissions rating. The 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic when equipped with 15 or 16-inch wheels achieves an EPA estimated 28 city/38 highway mpg. Under the hood of the Elantra SE and Limited sedans is the 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 145 horsepower and 130 lb.-ft. of torque. THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,176 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are "dished" to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder. KEY 2.0-LITER AND 1.8-LITER NU ENGINE COMPONENTS -Aluminum block and head -Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) -Variable Intake System (VIS) -Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA) -Electronic throttle control -Offset crankshaft Nu engines feature an aluminum block with a cast iron cylinder liner and aluminum cylinder head. They also offer Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft, including a two percent improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency), two percent improvement in fuel economy (reduced pumping loss) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine family also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH). The application of a plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) versus aluminum, enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a four percent improvement in performance. Another tool Hyundai engineers have incorporated into Elantra is an electronic throttle control. The electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with fast responding electronics. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy. The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall for a one percent improvement in fuel economy. CHASSIS AND STEERING REFINEMENTS Under the skin, the new 2014 Elantra Sedan Sport trim level has significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling and steering. A reworked Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) setup reduces friction and provides a quicker ratio for a more responsive cornering attitude. Stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Sport deliver better front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action. Elantra SE and Limited Elantra Sedan Sport Steering Rack (32 bit) Base Modified for quicker response Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm 23 mm Front Spring (kgf/mm) 2.4 2.4 Rear Spring (kgf/mm) 2.3 2.4 Dampers Base Stiffened Behind the wheel of the entry level Elantra SE and top-of-the-line Elantra Limited, drivers benefit from Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt the Elantra's steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a decrease in steering effort. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and decreases power steering assistance. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering dampening characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in Elantra. OVERALL DIMENSIONS Elantra is still a "class above" some competitors when it comes to interior room. In fact, the Elantra is so roomy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, rather than a compact car like Civic, Mazda3 and Focus. Elantra's total interior volume of 110.4 cubic feet beats the 2013 Honda Civic sedan, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, and 2014 Ford Focus. Surprisingly, it even surpasses the Acura TSX (108.5 cu. ft.), Nissan Maxima (110.0 cu. ft), and VW CC (106.8 cu. ft.) in total interior volume. Ultimately, the long wheelbase allows for compact car efficiency with mid-size car comfort. An example of this is found in the long seat track, delivering best-in-class front seat legroom. Elantra's trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic and Corolla. This means Elantra's trunk can fit three sets of golf clubs versus only two for Focus and Civic. SAFETY Named a "2013 TOP SAFETY PICK+" by the IIHS and the holder of a NHTSA five-star overall crash safety rating, the Elantra returns for 2014 with a Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), driver's blind spot mirror and Blue Link. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while the blind spot mirror provides a view of the driver's blind spot. 2014 Standard Safety Features -Six airbags -Vehicle Stability Management -Electronic Stability Control (ESC) /Traction Control (TC) -ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist -Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) -Seatbelt pretensioners -Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) -Daytime Running Lights (DRL) -Driver's blind spot mirror HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK® Hyundai's industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on the 2014 Elantra Limited, for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling. Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android® and Apple® iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively. Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. BLUE LINK® PACKAGES Blue Link Assurance package: Safety: -Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance -SOS Emergency Assistance -Enhanced Roadside Assistance Car Care: -Maintenance Alert -Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification -Recall Advisor -Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics -Service Link Blue Link Essentials package: Remote Access: -Remote Door Lock/Unlock -Remote Horn and Lights -Remote Vehicle Start -Car Finder Vehicle Safeguard: -Stolen Vehicle Recovery -Stolen Vehicle Slowdown -Vehicle Immobilization -Alarm Notification -Panic Notification -Valet Alert -Geo-Fence -Speed Alert -Curfew Alert Blue Link Guidance package: -TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service -POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download -Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition -Traffic -Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices -Eco-Coach -Restaurant Ratings -Weather More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink ========== HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA LAUNCHES 2014 ELANTRA GT AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW New Standard Torque-Rich 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection Engine Builds Performance Credentials LOS ANGELES, Nov. , 2013 – Hyundai Motor America introduced the refreshed 2014 Elantra GT in a North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show today. The 2014 Elantra GT adds a more powerful engine to a model known for its design, five-door functionality, sophisticated suspension tuning and interior space. Hyundai upped both the horsepower and torque on the refreshed Elantra GT to make it even more fun to drive. The GT now includes a standard 2.0-liter Nu Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, which adds 25 more horsepower (+17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) from the prior model year. This powertrain in the Elantra GT produces 173 horsepower available at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque on tap at 4,700 rpm. With these gains along with a low curb weight, Elantra GT can now boast the best power-to-weight ratio and specific output in the segment. Furthermore, Elantra GT now produces more horsepower than the Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus, Mazda3 five-door and Volkswagen Golf five-door. To sharpen the look of the 2014 Elantra GT, Hyundai engineers added LED taillights. To improve visibility a new integrated driver's blind spot mirror was also added. The 2014 Elantra GT goes on sale in December. NEW FOR 2014: -2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine replaces 1.8-liter Nu Multi Port Injection (MPI) engine -Horsepower: 173 at 6,500 rpm -Torque: 154 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm -Best power-to-weight ratio in the segment -Best-in-class specific output -Driver's blind spot mirror -New available premium feature: LED taillights HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014 ELANTRA GT -'Fluidic Sculpture' design -Sport-tuned suspension -More passenger and cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3 and Golf -Driver knee airbag – an Elantra first -Hidden rear camera -More aerodynamic than Impreza or Golf TORQUE-RICH 2.0-LITER NU GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE The 2014 Elantra GT enjoys the more powerful 2.0-liter Nu engine. Fuel is delivered to the 2.0-liter Nu by a high-pressure Gasoline Direct Injection, which contributes to improved engine response. Power is rated at 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at a 4,700 rpm, which is a significant improvement compared to the 2013 Elantra GT's 1.8-liter engine that developed 148 horsepower and 131 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque - from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm - for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. 2014 2.0-LITER NU GDI ENGINE COMPARED WITH 2013 1.8-LITER NU MPI ENGINE This powerplant delivers an impressive 24 mpg city/33 highway EPA estimated fuel economy rating with the available six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. (When equipped with the six-speed manual, the Elantra GT achieves 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway EPA estimated fuel economy rating). Horsepower Torque 2013 Elantra GT vs. 2014 Elantra GT 148 hp 173 hp 131 lb.-ft. 154 lb.-ft. The performance gains were achieved by stroking the engine from 87.2 mm to 97 mm to increase the displacement of the engine from 1.8 liters to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system instead of a MPI fuel delivery system. This high-tech, all-aluminum engine also has Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing. A lightweight intake manifold also reduces weight by 30 percent over a cast unit. The aluminum "bed plate" located below the cylinder block reduces engine NVH levels and improves block rigidity by 30 percent. THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are "dished" to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder. 'FLUIDIC SCULPTURE' DESIGN The 'Fluidic' essence provides the Elantra GT with a slippery .30 coefficient of drag. Everything about Elantra GT is aerodynamic from the aggressive profile and low overall height, to the sleek side mirrors. Tire gaps are minimized while rocker panels are streamlined. Lower wind resistance translates into a smoother ride. Up front, Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design. It's all finished off in the rear with the new available LED taillights. THE BENEFITS OF A LOW CURB WEIGHT IN THE COMPACT SEGMENT Elantra GT's widespread use of high-strength steel allows the suspension to work optimally. At 2,908 pounds, the automatic transmission Elantra GT is lighter than most of its competitors, while offering more interior room than Focus, Mazda3 and Golf. Elantra GT is 40 pounds lighter than Focus and 194 pounds lighter than Golf. SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS The Elantra GT can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. Elantra GT's six-speed manual transmission provides short, crisp shifts and further optimizes engine performance. These crisp shifts are courtesy of triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, double-cone for third gear and single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears. INTERIOR SPACE AND PRACTICALITY Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold down two seats to seat three people and hold larger packages or fold down all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to fold-flat rear seats and rear seat cushions that can flip upward. The Elantra GT includes a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including a sunglasses holder, two front and two rear cup holders, door bottle holders, cooled glove compartment, central console storage, sliding armrest, front storage tray and front seatback pockets. The cargo area also has a 12-volt outlet for consumers who desire to plug in their portable electronic devices. ELANTRA GT ARCHITECTURE Elantra GT is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is comprised of a light weight coupled torsion beam for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers. A 22 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates, a stiffer twist beam and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics which are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT's Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire. Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode. With three operating modes to select – Comfort, Normal and Sport – this innovative system allows drivers to adapt Elantra GT steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions any time they choose. Comfort level offers the greatest ease of steering and is ideal for city and parking environments. Sport is optimized for higher-speed highways or winding roads, while Normal is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode adjusts power assistance levels in each mode and moderates on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, allowing for a very natural, progressive feel. Steering damping characteristics, active return gain and high frequency friction levels have also been optimized for Elantra GT in this system. Even more, Elantra GT's turning diameter of 34.8 feet is better than Focus and Golf. OVERALL DIMENSIONS The Elantra GT rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 169.3 inches. The height is 57.9 inches and the width is 70.1 inches. CABIN REFINEMENT Cabin refinements on the Elantra GT are inspired by the high standards of the entire Hyundai lineup. Located in the center console, the available navigation system is displayed via a seven-inch touch-screen and incorporates the rearview camera screen. Elantra GT's rearview camera is like no other. This mechanized camera is hidden behind the Hyundai flying H badge on the rear hatch and only appears when needed. Dual-zone climate controls ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys, and the addition of a panoramic sunroof provides increased natural light within the cabin. The Dual-zone climate controls also incorporate an automatic defogging system, which detects humidity levels using a sensor and removes it from the windshield. Another premium feature in the Elantra GT is a CleanAir Ionizer that automatically cleans the air when the heater or air conditioner is running. Elantra GT comes standard with a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A Bluetooth interface is also standard. The sound system plays CDs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB rather than a CD to be displayed on the system's home screen. Elantra GT offers many premium features, such as: -Standard cooled glove box -Standard heated front seats -Standard driver's blind spot mirror -LED taillights -10-way power driver's seat including power lumbar support -Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Clean Air Ionizer -Leather seating surfaces -Automatic headlights -Side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators -Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls -Standard Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK® Hyundai's industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on all 2014 Elantra GTs equipped with Blue Link for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling. Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile application for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively. Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. BLUE LINK® PACKAGES Blue Link Assurance package: Safety: -Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance -SOS Emergency Assistance -Enhanced Roadside Assistance Car Care: -Maintenance Alert -Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification -Recall Advisor -Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics -Service Link Blue Link Essentials package: Remote Access: -Remote Door Lock/Unlock -Remote Horn and Lights -Remote Vehicle Start -Car Finder Vehicle Safeguard: -Stolen Vehicle Recovery -Stolen Vehicle Slowdown -Vehicle Immobilization -Alarm Notification -Panic Notification -Valet Alert -Geo-Fence -Speed Alert -Curfew Alert Blue Link Guidance package: -TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service -POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download -Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition -Traffic -Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices -Eco-Coach -Restaurant Ratings -Weather More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/. ============ 2014 HYUNDAI ELANTRA COUPE UPS FUN FACTOR New Standard Torque-Rich 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection New Sport-tuned Steering and Suspension Sharpen Handling LOS ANGELES , Nov. 20, 2013 – The 2014 Elantra Coupe adds more fun-to-drive elements to a model known for its design, value and premium features. The updated Elantra Coupe now features a standard 2.0-liter Nu Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, which adds 25 more horsepower (+17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) from the prior model year's 1.8-liter engine. In the Elantra Coupe, this power plant produces 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm, enhancing the behind the wheel experience for consumers. The refreshed 2014 Elantra Coupe and the rest of the Elantra line up was introduced today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. To up the fun factor even further, the 2014 Elantra Coupe receives sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations to sharpen turn-in and handling on twisty roads. Other new standard refinements to the Elantra Coupe include the addition of a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a unique blackout grille with chrome surround. These features were optional last year. The 2014 Elantra Coupe is now offered in only one, very well equipped trim level, making it easier for customers to find the Elantra Coupe of their choice. The only choices a shopper has to make is color and if they want the Technology Package or not. The GS and SE trims have been consolidated into one model for the 2014 model year. New technologies available on the 2014 Elantra Coupe include the application of Hyundai's next-generation navigation and audio technology. The new system features simpler user interfaces, enhanced voice recognition commands, improved navigation screens and a seven-inch color touchscreen with rearview camera. Also, optional for 2014 is Pandora internet radio, LED taillights, projector headlights with LED accents and Hyundai's Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care safety, service and infotainment telematics system. Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care services include Automatic Collision Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling among other features. The 2014 Elantra Coupe with all its upgrades will be available at Hyundai dealerships in winter of 2013. 2014 ELANTRA COUPE UPDATES AT A GLANCE: NEW STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR 2014: -2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine -Replaces the 1.8-liter Nu Multi Port Injection (MPI) engine in the previous model -Sport-tuned steering and suspension -Driver's blind spot side mirror -17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires -Unique grille – black with chrome surround -Rear spoiler -Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob -Power windows with driver's one touch up and down -Side view mirror repeaters -GS and SE trims have been consolidated into one model for the 2014 model year NEW TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE EQUIPMENT FOR 2014: -Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care -Projector headlights with LED accents -LED taillights -Next-generation navigation and audio technology with Pandora internet radio INTERIOR ENHANCEMENTS FOR 2014: -New center stack HVAC vents (relocated) -New dual dial HVAC controls refresh – separate fan and temp. controls -New straight pull transmission selector with leather boot -New cooled glovebox -New reverse LCD display NVH Enhancements -New HVAC duct absorption material -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -New anti-vibration material in dash pad -Hood insulator added -Raised cowl top -Full underbody cover TORQUE-RICH 2.0-LITER NU GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE In a segment where GDI technology is not normally found, Hyundai is anticipating the addition of a 2.0-liter GDI engine will be very popular with Coupe shoppers looking for performance and affordability. The all-new 2.0-liter GDI engine called 'Nu' produces 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. The performance gains were achieved by increasing the displacement of the engine from 1.8 liters to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system instead of a MPI fuel delivery system. Increasing the stroke from 87.2 mm to 97 mm gets the 1.8-liter Nu engine up to 2.0 liters. This engine in the Elantra Coupe delivers more torque and enhanced response when compared with a similar MPI engine. In fact, the 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque - from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm - for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. Equipping the Elantra Coupe with the 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with GDI ensures a great balance between performance and fuel economy. The Elantra Coupe with the new 2.0-liter GDI engine achieves an EPA estimated 24 city/34 highway mpg figure with a ULEV emissions rating. Key Engine Components -Aluminum block and head -Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) -Variable Intake System (VIS) -Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA) -Electronic throttle control -Offset crankshaft The 2.0-liter Nu offers D-CVVT camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using D-CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft. These advantages include a two-percent improvement in performance (via increased volumetric efficiency), two-percent improvement in fuel economy (via reduced pumping losses) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve-driven friction to help improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve tappets. A plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) enables intake air to be directed between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a broad, linear power band. This results in a four-percent improvement in performance. Another technology Hyundai engineers have incorporated into the Elantra Coupe is an electronic throttle control. Electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with virtually instantaneous computerized control. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy. To further improve fuel economy, Elantra Coupe applies double-pipe plumbing technology to the internal heat exchanger. Double-pipe plumbing improves cabin cooling efficiency, while minimizing compressor size and reducing fuel consumption. In addition, an externally-controlled variable compressor is used to improve fuel efficiency when compared with an internal variable compressor. The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction and pressure between the piston and cylinder wall for a one-percent improvement in fuel economy. The Elantra Coupe comes equipped with a six-speed automatic (A6MF1-1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. ELANTRA COUPE VS. HONDA CIVIC COUPE Base Engine 2014 Elantra Coupe 2013 Civic Coupe Displacement 2.0L 1.8L Horsepower 173@6500 140@6500 Torque (lb.-ft.) 154@4700 128@4300 Specific output 86.5 77.8 Transmission 6AT 5MT or 5AT Fuel economy A/T 24 city/34 highway 28 city/39 highway Curb Weights A/T 2,877 2,789 Power-to-weight A/T 16.6 19.9 CHASSIS AND STEERING REFINEMENTS Under the skin, the new 2014 Elantra Coupe has had significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling and steering. A reworked Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) setup along with stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Elantra Coupe deliver better front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action. 2013 Elantra Coupe 2014 Elantra Coupe Steering Rack 16 bit 32-bit Modified for sportier feel Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm 23 mm Front Spring (kgf/mm) 2.5 2.4 Rear Spring (kgf/mm) 2.3 2.4 Dampers Base Stiffened THIRD-GENERATION NAVIGATION AND AUDIO TECHNOLOGY Elantra Coupe now offers an optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a phone. The voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions. Elantra Coupe has an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers. This system includes iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs. A premium audio system with navigation pumps out 360-watts of sound. This system includes an external amplifier and is available in the Technology Package. It also plays compact discs, accesses digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio and allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a phone to the audio system. The XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather®, XM Stock Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. The system also integrates a rear-view camera. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB to be displayed on the system's home screen. PANDORA® INTERNET RADIO Pandora internet radio is integrated into the Elantra Coupe's optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone®. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB cable and integrates album cover art. -Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide variety of connected devices -Personalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or composer "seed" and are refined to each listener's taste through simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback -Pandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours every month -More than 80% of Pandora's total listening hours occur via mobile and other connected devices -Approximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to Pandora in the past month HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK® Blue Link is now available in the Technology Package on the 2014 Elantra Coupe. Blue Link is now coupled with Hyundai's industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, which is free for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling. Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android® and Apple® iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes. Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. BLUE LINK® PACKAGES Blue Link Assurance package: Safety: -Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance -SOS Emergency Assistance -Enhanced Roadside Assistance Car Care: -Maintenance Alert -Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification -Recall Advisor -Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics -Service Link Blue Link Essentials package: Remote Access: -Remote Door Lock/Unlock -Remote Horn and Lights -Remote Vehicle Start -Car Finder Vehicle Safeguard: -Stolen Vehicle Recovery -Stolen Vehicle Slowdown -Vehicle Immobilization -Alarm Notification -Panic Notification -Valet Alert -Geo-Fence -Speed Alert -Curfew Alert Blue Link Guidance package: -TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service -POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download -Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition -Traffic -Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices -Eco-Coach -Restaurant Ratings -Weather More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/ FLUIDIC SCULPTURE DESIGN LANGUAGE Elantra Coupe takes Hyundai's dynamic Fluidic Sculpture design principles to the next level. Fluidic Sculpture design language replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion. Hyundai's signature hexagonal front fascia opening and jeweled swept-back headlights now with available projector beams and LED accents give Elantra Coupe a lean, aggressive demeanor. Fog lights and bodycolored side mirrors turn signal repeaters complement the view from the front. From the side, Elantra Coupe conveys a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. Standard sporty five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts add a dynamic presence, while fast A- and C-pillar angles frame a sharply tapered greenhouse, further accentuating the wedge profile. Just below the belt line, a prominent character line carries from the door through to the rear deck. Wheel arch creases give a subtle flared appearance around front and rear wheels, for a wide and aggressive presence. Further, a beveled rocker panel rounds out the lean and muscular effect. From the rear, a blacked-out rear diffuser valance contrasts with dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips, and the integrated lip spoiler design element. New for the 14 model year is the addition of available LED taillights to further heighten Elantra Coupe's rear appearance. These sculpted surfaces serve to create a highly aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra Coupe is an exceptionally low 0.28 Cd, resulting in minimal cabin noise intrusion and optimal fuel economy. Elantra Coupe was designed at Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif. NVH IMPROVEMENTS HAPPEN AT HYUNDAI SPEED Since the launch of the current generation in 2012 as a 2013 model, Elantra Coupe has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise. These engineering changes will be noticed immediately by driver and passengers: Features to help block engine noise: -New HVAC duct absorption material -Increased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area -New hood insulator -Raised cowl top Features to help block road noise: -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -Full underbody cover Features to help block combustion noise: -New perforated anti-vibration material in the dash panel OVERALL DIMENSIONS 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. Elantra Coupe's total interior volume of 110.2 cubic feet exceeds the 2013 Honda Civic Coupe and 2014 Kia Forte Koup by large margins and is surprisingly larger than the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe. The Coupe's long wheelbase allows for compact coupe efficiency with class-above relative comfort levels. Elantra Coupe's trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic Coupe and Kia Forte. VOLUME COMPARISON 2014 Elantra Coupe 2013 Civic Coupe 2014 Forte Koup Passenger volume (cu. ft.) 95.4 83.2 92.3 Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 14.8 11.7 13.3 Total interior volume (cu. ft.) 110.2 94.9 105.6 EPA size classification Mid-size Compact Compact SPORTY, SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR Inside, refinements in design gives the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe a more premium feel with the integration of new HVAC controls. Subtle changes to the placement of HVAC vents and controls lend a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more upscale environment is accomplished with a negative LCD display and a cooled glovebox. Elantra Coupe customers will also find Hyundai's expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in gauge clarity and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Seat construction uses lightweight materials and environmentally-friendly foam for further benefits to fuel efficiency. Elantra Coupe seat design also provides deeper side bolsters compared with Elantra sedan for sportier driving. Heated seats are also standard equipment on Elantra Coupe. The Elantra Coupe offers two interior color choices, gray and black. All Elantra Coupes have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look, feel and minimal environmental impact. Elantra Coupe will offer six exterior colors, two of which are unique from Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White and Black Noir Pearl. Elantra Coupe owners can also get additional premium features, such as proximity key with push-button start, leather seating surfaces and power sunroof. ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYUNDAI'S ASSURANCE COMMITMENT The Elantra Coupe takes compact coupe safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). VSM works when the driver brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides eight Newton meters of counter steering force. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering. Elantra Coupe features six airbags-including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag. The Elantra Coupe includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which helps provide maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions and driving dynamics. Elantra Coupe engineers even looked at something as simple as the parking brake for an integrated rear parking brake caliper for weight reduction. In terms of passive safety, the Elantra Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones to effectively absorb and dissipate impact energy away from cabin occupants. View full article
  14. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com November 20, 2013 The Hyundai Elantra has been on sale for the past three with not many changes to it. The model has done ok in the sales charts, but it's beginning to look somewhat stale with fresh models coming in. Hyundai decided it was time for a refresh of the Elantra. The result of the refresh was shown at the LA Auto Show today. Most of the changes for the 2014 Elantra focus on the sedan. Starting off on the exterior, Hyundai gave the Elantra sedan new front and rear fascias, projector headlights with LED accent lighting, and wrap-around taillights. There is a chrome accent along the beltline and new set of alloy wheels ranging from fifteen to seventeen-inches. Inside, the Elantra gets two new headunits; a four-inch color screen radio and seven-inch touchscreen with navigation. Both headunits also come with a backup camera. Hyundai's BlueLink Telematics system comes finally comes to the Elantra as an option. Hyundai also worked hard on making the Elantra sound quieter with number of improvements such as thicker carpets and padding. Under the skin, the Elantra SE and Limited get get softer front springs, unique settings for the dampers, and the driver selectable steering system which allows a driver to vary the weight of the steering. Other changes include a Hill-Start Assist Control and the addition of blind spot mirrors. The big news for the Elantra lineup is the introduction of a new Sport model. The Elantra Sport starts off with a rear diffuser, exposed exhaust tip, and a new spoiler. Under the hood is a new 2.0L GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or automatic. The Sport also features a unique suspension setup and steering configuration to amp to the sporty-ness. Meanwhile for the 2014 Elantra Coupe and GT, they get minor changes. The Coupe gets the projector headlights with LED accents and Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system as options. Both models get the 2.0L GDI four-cylinder as standard equipment and a blind spot mirror. The 2014 Elantra lineup arrives at dealers in December. Source: Hyundai William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 REFRESHED 2014 ELANTRA ARRIVES AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW WITH NEW GDI ENGINE, DYNAMIC DESIGN AND HOST OF NEW FEATURES Performance-Oriented Elantra Sport Added to the Lineup More Than 75 New Reasons to Drive the Hyundai Elantra LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 – The award-winning Hyundai Elantra returns for 2014 with extensive design upgrades and a more powerful GDI engine in the new Sport trim. A host of new features have also been added, while maintaining the roominess, warranty and safety that has made Elantra a three-time recipient of the ALG Residual Value Award. In total, more than 75 Elantra major sub-systems are new or redesigned. The all-new 2014 Elantra Sport and the rest of the Elantra line up was introduced today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2014 Elantra receives all-new front and rear exterior designs, along with interior styling upgrades. Sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations sharpen the new Elantra Sport's handling, while extensive technology upgrades improve ergonomics for the entire Elantra Sedan lineup. New technologies built into the 2014 Elantra include the application of the next-generation navigation and audio technology, which feature simpler user interfaces, enhanced voice recognition commands, improved navigation screens and available Pandora internet radio. A 4.3-inch color touchscreen with integrated rearview camera is now available on the entry level SE, in the Preferred Package, and as standard equipment on the Elantra Sport and Limited. Also new to Elantra Limited is Hyundai's Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care safety, service and infotainment telematics system. NEW FOR 2014: Packaging -Elantra GLS is now Elantra SE -Elantra Sport added to the lineup Exterior Enhancements -New front and rear fascia styling with new rear diffuser -Projector headlights with LED headlight accents standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -LED taillights standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -Chrome belt line molding standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -Exposed single exhaust tip standard on Elantra Sport -15-inch alloy wheels standard on Elantra SE -New Fog lamp styling -Redesigned 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels on Elantra Sport -Redesigned 17-inch alloys wheels on Elantra Limited -Redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels on SE Preferred Package -Rear spoiler standard on Sport Interior Enhancements -Pandora® Internet Radio (available) -Center stack HVAC vents relocated -New 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen audio with rearview camera standard on Elantra Limited and Sport and included in SE Preferred Package -New dual dial HVAC controls -New aluminum entrance sills standard on Elantra Sport and Limited -New third generation navigation with seven-inch touchscreen optional on Elantra Limited -New straight pull transmission selector with leather boot -New aluminum pedals standard on Elantra Sport -New beige interior color choice -Increased height of center armrest -New reverse LCD display Safety and Technology -New Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) -New driver's blind spot mirror -New standard Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care on Elantra Limited Driving Dynamics -All-new 2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine standard in Elantra Sport -Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) standard on Elantra SE and Limited -Stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Sport deliver better front roll control NVH Enhancements -New HVAC duct absorption material -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -New anti-vibration material in dash pad -Hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited -New 16-inch and 17-inch wheels -Raised cowl top -Applied full underbody cover REFRESHED EXTERIOR DESIGN For 2014, the Elantra has received a host of exterior design changes. The front and rear styling of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra have been altered for a more stable, balanced look. Up front, a new open-mouth lower bumper, grille, more technical foglights and projector headlamps with LED accents add a dynamic, precise feel to Elantra. The whole L-shaped foglight graphic stabilizes the front end and gives the car a more grounded look, while maintaining a greater sense of width that forces the eye to the corners. The headlamp and taillamp LED accents were also given a more technical appearance to give the Elantra a stronger attitude. From the profile, a chrome beltline molding and new sets of 17-inch alloy wheels on the Elantra Limited and Sport accentuate the Elantra's premium image. A new black, two-tone rear diffuser also sharpens the look of the 2014 Elantra. INTERIOR REFINEMENTS Inside, refinements in design give the entire 2014 Hyundai Elantra a more premium feel, with an all-new third-generation navigation and audio technology, available aluminum accents and new HVAC controls. Subtle changes to the placement of HVAC vents, controls and the height of the front center armrest lend a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more upscale environment is accomplished with a slightly darker, more neutral beige interior color choice, aluminum pedals on the Sport and aluminum door sill plates on the Sport and Limited. The Elantra Limited offers a new optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions. The systems memory also allows for viewing and storing of jpeg images and Mpeg music files from a USB stick. PANDORA INTERNET RADIO Pandora internet radio is integrated into the Elantra Limited's optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB cable and integrates album cover art. -Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide variety of connected devices -Personalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or composer "seed" and are refined to each listener's taste through simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback -Pandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours every month -More than 80% of Pandora's total listening hours occur via mobile and other connected devices -Approximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to Pandora in the past month Elantra SE and Sport have an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers. This system also includes iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs. The Sport and Limited trims come equipped with a 4.3-inch color touchscreen audio with standard rearview camera. This system is part of the Preferred Package on the Elantra SE. Elantra Limited features an optional premium audio system with navigation that pumps out 360-watts of sound and includes an external amplifier. It also accesses digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio and allows the driver and passengers to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a phone to the audio system. NVH IMPROVEMENTS HAPPEN AT HYUNDAI SPEED Since the launch of the current generation in 2010 as a 2011 model, Elantra has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise. These engineering changes will be noticed immediately by driver and passengers: Features to help block engine noise: -New HVAC duct absorption material -Increased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area -New hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited -Raised cowl top Features to help block road noise: -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -New 16-inch and 17-inch wheels for improved NVH -Applied full underbody cover Features to help block combustion noise: -New perforated anti-vibration material in dash panel POWERTRAINS The 2014 Elantra now offers the 2.0-liter "Nu" GDI engine in the all-new Sport trim. This addition will be very popular with consumers who are looking for exceptional responsiveness, refinement and more performance. The 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine in the Elantra Sport produces 173 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm. This adds 25 more horsepower (+ 17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) when compared with last model year's 1.8-liter Nu engine from the prior model year. These performance gains were achieved by increasing the displacement of the 1.8-liter Nu engine to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system. The stroke of the 1.8-liter Nu engine was increased from 87.2 mm to 97 mm to get the displacement up to 2.0 liters. The 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque - from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm - for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. Equipping the Elantra Sedan Sport with the 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with GDI ensures a great balance between performance and fuel economy. The Elantra Sedan Sport with the 2.0-liter GDI engine and six-speed automatic transmission achieves an EPA estimated 24 city/35 highway mpg with a ULEV emissions rating. The 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic when equipped with 15 or 16-inch wheels achieves an EPA estimated 28 city/38 highway mpg. Under the hood of the Elantra SE and Limited sedans is the 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 145 horsepower and 130 lb.-ft. of torque. THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,176 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are "dished" to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder. KEY 2.0-LITER AND 1.8-LITER NU ENGINE COMPONENTS -Aluminum block and head -Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) -Variable Intake System (VIS) -Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA) -Electronic throttle control -Offset crankshaft Nu engines feature an aluminum block with a cast iron cylinder liner and aluminum cylinder head. They also offer Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft, including a two percent improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency), two percent improvement in fuel economy (reduced pumping loss) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine family also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH). The application of a plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) versus aluminum, enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a four percent improvement in performance. Another tool Hyundai engineers have incorporated into Elantra is an electronic throttle control. The electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with fast responding electronics. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy. The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall for a one percent improvement in fuel economy. CHASSIS AND STEERING REFINEMENTS Under the skin, the new 2014 Elantra Sedan Sport trim level has significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling and steering. A reworked Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) setup reduces friction and provides a quicker ratio for a more responsive cornering attitude. Stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Sport deliver better front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action. Elantra SE and Limited Elantra Sedan Sport Steering Rack (32 bit) Base Modified for quicker response Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm 23 mm Front Spring (kgf/mm) 2.4 2.4 Rear Spring (kgf/mm) 2.3 2.4 Dampers Base Stiffened Behind the wheel of the entry level Elantra SE and top-of-the-line Elantra Limited, drivers benefit from Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt the Elantra's steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a decrease in steering effort. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and decreases power steering assistance. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering dampening characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in Elantra. OVERALL DIMENSIONS Elantra is still a "class above" some competitors when it comes to interior room. In fact, the Elantra is so roomy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, rather than a compact car like Civic, Mazda3 and Focus. Elantra's total interior volume of 110.4 cubic feet beats the 2013 Honda Civic sedan, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, and 2014 Ford Focus. Surprisingly, it even surpasses the Acura TSX (108.5 cu. ft.), Nissan Maxima (110.0 cu. ft), and VW CC (106.8 cu. ft.) in total interior volume. Ultimately, the long wheelbase allows for compact car efficiency with mid-size car comfort. An example of this is found in the long seat track, delivering best-in-class front seat legroom. Elantra's trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic and Corolla. This means Elantra's trunk can fit three sets of golf clubs versus only two for Focus and Civic. SAFETY Named a "2013 TOP SAFETY PICK+" by the IIHS and the holder of a NHTSA five-star overall crash safety rating, the Elantra returns for 2014 with a Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), driver's blind spot mirror and Blue Link. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while the blind spot mirror provides a view of the driver's blind spot. 2014 Standard Safety Features -Six airbags -Vehicle Stability Management -Electronic Stability Control (ESC) /Traction Control (TC) -ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist -Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) -Seatbelt pretensioners -Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) -Daytime Running Lights (DRL) -Driver's blind spot mirror HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK® Hyundai's industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on the 2014 Elantra Limited, for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling. Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android® and Apple® iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively. Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. BLUE LINK® PACKAGES Blue Link Assurance package: Safety: -Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance -SOS Emergency Assistance -Enhanced Roadside Assistance Car Care: -Maintenance Alert -Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification -Recall Advisor -Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics -Service Link Blue Link Essentials package: Remote Access: -Remote Door Lock/Unlock -Remote Horn and Lights -Remote Vehicle Start -Car Finder Vehicle Safeguard: -Stolen Vehicle Recovery -Stolen Vehicle Slowdown -Vehicle Immobilization -Alarm Notification -Panic Notification -Valet Alert -Geo-Fence -Speed Alert -Curfew Alert Blue Link Guidance package: -TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service -POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download -Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition -Traffic -Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices -Eco-Coach -Restaurant Ratings -Weather More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink ========== HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA LAUNCHES 2014 ELANTRA GT AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW New Standard Torque-Rich 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection Engine Builds Performance Credentials LOS ANGELES, Nov. , 2013 – Hyundai Motor America introduced the refreshed 2014 Elantra GT in a North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show today. The 2014 Elantra GT adds a more powerful engine to a model known for its design, five-door functionality, sophisticated suspension tuning and interior space. Hyundai upped both the horsepower and torque on the refreshed Elantra GT to make it even more fun to drive. The GT now includes a standard 2.0-liter Nu Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, which adds 25 more horsepower (+17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) from the prior model year. This powertrain in the Elantra GT produces 173 horsepower available at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque on tap at 4,700 rpm. With these gains along with a low curb weight, Elantra GT can now boast the best power-to-weight ratio and specific output in the segment. Furthermore, Elantra GT now produces more horsepower than the Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus, Mazda3 five-door and Volkswagen Golf five-door. To sharpen the look of the 2014 Elantra GT, Hyundai engineers added LED taillights. To improve visibility a new integrated driver's blind spot mirror was also added. The 2014 Elantra GT goes on sale in December. NEW FOR 2014: -2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine replaces 1.8-liter Nu Multi Port Injection (MPI) engine -Horsepower: 173 at 6,500 rpm -Torque: 154 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm -Best power-to-weight ratio in the segment -Best-in-class specific output -Driver's blind spot mirror -New available premium feature: LED taillights HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014 ELANTRA GT -'Fluidic Sculpture' design -Sport-tuned suspension -More passenger and cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3 and Golf -Driver knee airbag – an Elantra first -Hidden rear camera -More aerodynamic than Impreza or Golf TORQUE-RICH 2.0-LITER NU GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE The 2014 Elantra GT enjoys the more powerful 2.0-liter Nu engine. Fuel is delivered to the 2.0-liter Nu by a high-pressure Gasoline Direct Injection, which contributes to improved engine response. Power is rated at 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at a 4,700 rpm, which is a significant improvement compared to the 2013 Elantra GT's 1.8-liter engine that developed 148 horsepower and 131 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque - from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm - for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. 2014 2.0-LITER NU GDI ENGINE COMPARED WITH 2013 1.8-LITER NU MPI ENGINE This powerplant delivers an impressive 24 mpg city/33 highway EPA estimated fuel economy rating with the available six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. (When equipped with the six-speed manual, the Elantra GT achieves 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway EPA estimated fuel economy rating). Horsepower Torque 2013 Elantra GT vs. 2014 Elantra GT 148 hp 173 hp 131 lb.-ft. 154 lb.-ft. The performance gains were achieved by stroking the engine from 87.2 mm to 97 mm to increase the displacement of the engine from 1.8 liters to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system instead of a MPI fuel delivery system. This high-tech, all-aluminum engine also has Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing. A lightweight intake manifold also reduces weight by 30 percent over a cast unit. The aluminum "bed plate" located below the cylinder block reduces engine NVH levels and improves block rigidity by 30 percent. THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are "dished" to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder. 'FLUIDIC SCULPTURE' DESIGN The 'Fluidic' essence provides the Elantra GT with a slippery .30 coefficient of drag. Everything about Elantra GT is aerodynamic from the aggressive profile and low overall height, to the sleek side mirrors. Tire gaps are minimized while rocker panels are streamlined. Lower wind resistance translates into a smoother ride. Up front, Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design. It's all finished off in the rear with the new available LED taillights. THE BENEFITS OF A LOW CURB WEIGHT IN THE COMPACT SEGMENT Elantra GT's widespread use of high-strength steel allows the suspension to work optimally. At 2,908 pounds, the automatic transmission Elantra GT is lighter than most of its competitors, while offering more interior room than Focus, Mazda3 and Golf. Elantra GT is 40 pounds lighter than Focus and 194 pounds lighter than Golf. SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS The Elantra GT can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. Elantra GT's six-speed manual transmission provides short, crisp shifts and further optimizes engine performance. These crisp shifts are courtesy of triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, double-cone for third gear and single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears. INTERIOR SPACE AND PRACTICALITY Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold down two seats to seat three people and hold larger packages or fold down all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to fold-flat rear seats and rear seat cushions that can flip upward. The Elantra GT includes a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including a sunglasses holder, two front and two rear cup holders, door bottle holders, cooled glove compartment, central console storage, sliding armrest, front storage tray and front seatback pockets. The cargo area also has a 12-volt outlet for consumers who desire to plug in their portable electronic devices. ELANTRA GT ARCHITECTURE Elantra GT is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is comprised of a light weight coupled torsion beam for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers. A 22 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates, a stiffer twist beam and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics which are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT's Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire. Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode. With three operating modes to select – Comfort, Normal and Sport – this innovative system allows drivers to adapt Elantra GT steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions any time they choose. Comfort level offers the greatest ease of steering and is ideal for city and parking environments. Sport is optimized for higher-speed highways or winding roads, while Normal is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode adjusts power assistance levels in each mode and moderates on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, allowing for a very natural, progressive feel. Steering damping characteristics, active return gain and high frequency friction levels have also been optimized for Elantra GT in this system. Even more, Elantra GT's turning diameter of 34.8 feet is better than Focus and Golf. OVERALL DIMENSIONS The Elantra GT rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 169.3 inches. The height is 57.9 inches and the width is 70.1 inches. CABIN REFINEMENT Cabin refinements on the Elantra GT are inspired by the high standards of the entire Hyundai lineup. Located in the center console, the available navigation system is displayed via a seven-inch touch-screen and incorporates the rearview camera screen. Elantra GT's rearview camera is like no other. This mechanized camera is hidden behind the Hyundai flying H badge on the rear hatch and only appears when needed. Dual-zone climate controls ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys, and the addition of a panoramic sunroof provides increased natural light within the cabin. The Dual-zone climate controls also incorporate an automatic defogging system, which detects humidity levels using a sensor and removes it from the windshield. Another premium feature in the Elantra GT is a CleanAir Ionizer that automatically cleans the air when the heater or air conditioner is running. Elantra GT comes standard with a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A Bluetooth interface is also standard. The sound system plays CDs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB rather than a CD to be displayed on the system's home screen. Elantra GT offers many premium features, such as: -Standard cooled glove box -Standard heated front seats -Standard driver's blind spot mirror -LED taillights -10-way power driver's seat including power lumbar support -Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Clean Air Ionizer -Leather seating surfaces -Automatic headlights -Side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators -Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls -Standard Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK® Hyundai's industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on all 2014 Elantra GTs equipped with Blue Link for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling. Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile application for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively. Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. BLUE LINK® PACKAGES Blue Link Assurance package: Safety: -Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance -SOS Emergency Assistance -Enhanced Roadside Assistance Car Care: -Maintenance Alert -Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification -Recall Advisor -Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics -Service Link Blue Link Essentials package: Remote Access: -Remote Door Lock/Unlock -Remote Horn and Lights -Remote Vehicle Start -Car Finder Vehicle Safeguard: -Stolen Vehicle Recovery -Stolen Vehicle Slowdown -Vehicle Immobilization -Alarm Notification -Panic Notification -Valet Alert -Geo-Fence -Speed Alert -Curfew Alert Blue Link Guidance package: -TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service -POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download -Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition -Traffic -Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices -Eco-Coach -Restaurant Ratings -Weather More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/. ============ 2014 HYUNDAI ELANTRA COUPE UPS FUN FACTOR New Standard Torque-Rich 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection New Sport-tuned Steering and Suspension Sharpen Handling LOS ANGELES , Nov. 20, 2013 – The 2014 Elantra Coupe adds more fun-to-drive elements to a model known for its design, value and premium features. The updated Elantra Coupe now features a standard 2.0-liter Nu Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, which adds 25 more horsepower (+17 percent) and 23 lb.-ft. of torque (+18 percent) from the prior model year's 1.8-liter engine. In the Elantra Coupe, this power plant produces 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm, enhancing the behind the wheel experience for consumers. The refreshed 2014 Elantra Coupe and the rest of the Elantra line up was introduced today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. To up the fun factor even further, the 2014 Elantra Coupe receives sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations to sharpen turn-in and handling on twisty roads. Other new standard refinements to the Elantra Coupe include the addition of a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a unique blackout grille with chrome surround. These features were optional last year. The 2014 Elantra Coupe is now offered in only one, very well equipped trim level, making it easier for customers to find the Elantra Coupe of their choice. The only choices a shopper has to make is color and if they want the Technology Package or not. The GS and SE trims have been consolidated into one model for the 2014 model year. New technologies available on the 2014 Elantra Coupe include the application of Hyundai's next-generation navigation and audio technology. The new system features simpler user interfaces, enhanced voice recognition commands, improved navigation screens and a seven-inch color touchscreen with rearview camera. Also, optional for 2014 is Pandora internet radio, LED taillights, projector headlights with LED accents and Hyundai's Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care safety, service and infotainment telematics system. Blue Link and Assurance Connected Care services include Automatic Collision Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling among other features. The 2014 Elantra Coupe with all its upgrades will be available at Hyundai dealerships in winter of 2013. 2014 ELANTRA COUPE UPDATES AT A GLANCE: NEW STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR 2014: -2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder engine -Replaces the 1.8-liter Nu Multi Port Injection (MPI) engine in the previous model -Sport-tuned steering and suspension -Driver's blind spot side mirror -17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires -Unique grille – black with chrome surround -Rear spoiler -Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob -Power windows with driver's one touch up and down -Side view mirror repeaters -GS and SE trims have been consolidated into one model for the 2014 model year NEW TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE EQUIPMENT FOR 2014: -Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care -Projector headlights with LED accents -LED taillights -Next-generation navigation and audio technology with Pandora internet radio INTERIOR ENHANCEMENTS FOR 2014: -New center stack HVAC vents (relocated) -New dual dial HVAC controls refresh – separate fan and temp. controls -New straight pull transmission selector with leather boot -New cooled glovebox -New reverse LCD display NVH Enhancements -New HVAC duct absorption material -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -New anti-vibration material in dash pad -Hood insulator added -Raised cowl top -Full underbody cover TORQUE-RICH 2.0-LITER NU GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE In a segment where GDI technology is not normally found, Hyundai is anticipating the addition of a 2.0-liter GDI engine will be very popular with Coupe shoppers looking for performance and affordability. The all-new 2.0-liter GDI engine called 'Nu' produces 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. The performance gains were achieved by increasing the displacement of the engine from 1.8 liters to 2.0 liters and equipping it with a GDI fuel delivery system instead of a MPI fuel delivery system. Increasing the stroke from 87.2 mm to 97 mm gets the 1.8-liter Nu engine up to 2.0 liters. This engine in the Elantra Coupe delivers more torque and enhanced response when compared with a similar MPI engine. In fact, the 2.0-liter Nu has been tuned to provide more torque at 1,500 rpm than the outgoing 1.8-liter Nu. The engine also delivers more torque - from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm - for impressive linear power delivery all the way up to redline. Equipping the Elantra Coupe with the 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with GDI ensures a great balance between performance and fuel economy. The Elantra Coupe with the new 2.0-liter GDI engine achieves an EPA estimated 24 city/34 highway mpg figure with a ULEV emissions rating. Key Engine Components -Aluminum block and head -Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) -Variable Intake System (VIS) -Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA) -Electronic throttle control -Offset crankshaft The 2.0-liter Nu offers D-CVVT camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using D-CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft. These advantages include a two-percent improvement in performance (via increased volumetric efficiency), two-percent improvement in fuel economy (via reduced pumping losses) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve-driven friction to help improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve tappets. A plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) enables intake air to be directed between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a broad, linear power band. This results in a four-percent improvement in performance. Another technology Hyundai engineers have incorporated into the Elantra Coupe is an electronic throttle control. Electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with virtually instantaneous computerized control. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy. To further improve fuel economy, Elantra Coupe applies double-pipe plumbing technology to the internal heat exchanger. Double-pipe plumbing improves cabin cooling efficiency, while minimizing compressor size and reducing fuel consumption. In addition, an externally-controlled variable compressor is used to improve fuel efficiency when compared with an internal variable compressor. The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction and pressure between the piston and cylinder wall for a one-percent improvement in fuel economy. The Elantra Coupe comes equipped with a six-speed automatic (A6MF1-1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. ELANTRA COUPE VS. HONDA CIVIC COUPE Base Engine 2014 Elantra Coupe 2013 Civic Coupe Displacement 2.0L 1.8L Horsepower 173@6500 140@6500 Torque (lb.-ft.) 154@4700 128@4300 Specific output 86.5 77.8 Transmission 6AT 5MT or 5AT Fuel economy A/T 24 city/34 highway 28 city/39 highway Curb Weights A/T 2,877 2,789 Power-to-weight A/T 16.6 19.9 CHASSIS AND STEERING REFINEMENTS Under the skin, the new 2014 Elantra Coupe has had significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling and steering. A reworked Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) setup along with stiffer dampers, rear springs and a larger front stabilizer bar on the Elantra Coupe deliver better front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action. 2013 Elantra Coupe 2014 Elantra Coupe Steering Rack 16 bit 32-bit Modified for sportier feel Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm 23 mm Front Spring (kgf/mm) 2.5 2.4 Rear Spring (kgf/mm) 2.3 2.4 Dampers Base Stiffened THIRD-GENERATION NAVIGATION AND AUDIO TECHNOLOGY Elantra Coupe now offers an optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a phone. The voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions. Elantra Coupe has an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers. This system includes iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs. A premium audio system with navigation pumps out 360-watts of sound. This system includes an external amplifier and is available in the Technology Package. It also plays compact discs, accesses digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio and allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a phone to the audio system. The XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather®, XM Stock Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. The system also integrates a rear-view camera. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB to be displayed on the system's home screen. PANDORA® INTERNET RADIO Pandora internet radio is integrated into the Elantra Coupe's optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone®. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB cable and integrates album cover art. -Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide variety of connected devices -Personalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or composer "seed" and are refined to each listener's taste through simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback -Pandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours every month -More than 80% of Pandora's total listening hours occur via mobile and other connected devices -Approximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to Pandora in the past month HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK® Blue Link is now available in the Technology Package on the 2014 Elantra Coupe. Blue Link is now coupled with Hyundai's industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, which is free for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling. Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android® and Apple® iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes. Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. BLUE LINK® PACKAGES Blue Link Assurance package: Safety: -Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance -SOS Emergency Assistance -Enhanced Roadside Assistance Car Care: -Maintenance Alert -Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification -Recall Advisor -Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics -Service Link Blue Link Essentials package: Remote Access: -Remote Door Lock/Unlock -Remote Horn and Lights -Remote Vehicle Start -Car Finder Vehicle Safeguard: -Stolen Vehicle Recovery -Stolen Vehicle Slowdown -Vehicle Immobilization -Alarm Notification -Panic Notification -Valet Alert -Geo-Fence -Speed Alert -Curfew Alert Blue Link Guidance package: -TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service -POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download -Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition -Traffic -Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices -Eco-Coach -Restaurant Ratings -Weather More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/ FLUIDIC SCULPTURE DESIGN LANGUAGE Elantra Coupe takes Hyundai's dynamic Fluidic Sculpture design principles to the next level. Fluidic Sculpture design language replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion. Hyundai's signature hexagonal front fascia opening and jeweled swept-back headlights now with available projector beams and LED accents give Elantra Coupe a lean, aggressive demeanor. Fog lights and bodycolored side mirrors turn signal repeaters complement the view from the front. From the side, Elantra Coupe conveys a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. Standard sporty five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts add a dynamic presence, while fast A- and C-pillar angles frame a sharply tapered greenhouse, further accentuating the wedge profile. Just below the belt line, a prominent character line carries from the door through to the rear deck. Wheel arch creases give a subtle flared appearance around front and rear wheels, for a wide and aggressive presence. Further, a beveled rocker panel rounds out the lean and muscular effect. From the rear, a blacked-out rear diffuser valance contrasts with dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips, and the integrated lip spoiler design element. New for the 14 model year is the addition of available LED taillights to further heighten Elantra Coupe's rear appearance. These sculpted surfaces serve to create a highly aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra Coupe is an exceptionally low 0.28 Cd, resulting in minimal cabin noise intrusion and optimal fuel economy. Elantra Coupe was designed at Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif. NVH IMPROVEMENTS HAPPEN AT HYUNDAI SPEED Since the launch of the current generation in 2012 as a 2013 model, Elantra Coupe has undergone significant changes to reduce cabin noise. These engineering changes will be noticed immediately by driver and passengers: Features to help block engine noise: -New HVAC duct absorption material -Increased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area -New hood insulator -Raised cowl top Features to help block road noise: -New higher density carpet -Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness -Additional expandable foam in the A pillars -Full underbody cover Features to help block combustion noise: -New perforated anti-vibration material in the dash panel OVERALL DIMENSIONS 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. Elantra Coupe's total interior volume of 110.2 cubic feet exceeds the 2013 Honda Civic Coupe and 2014 Kia Forte Koup by large margins and is surprisingly larger than the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe. The Coupe's long wheelbase allows for compact coupe efficiency with class-above relative comfort levels. Elantra Coupe's trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic Coupe and Kia Forte. VOLUME COMPARISON 2014 Elantra Coupe 2013 Civic Coupe 2014 Forte Koup Passenger volume (cu. ft.) 95.4 83.2 92.3 Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 14.8 11.7 13.3 Total interior volume (cu. ft.) 110.2 94.9 105.6 EPA size classification Mid-size Compact Compact SPORTY, SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR Inside, refinements in design gives the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe a more premium feel with the integration of new HVAC controls. Subtle changes to the placement of HVAC vents and controls lend a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more upscale environment is accomplished with a negative LCD display and a cooled glovebox. Elantra Coupe customers will also find Hyundai's expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in gauge clarity and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Seat construction uses lightweight materials and environmentally-friendly foam for further benefits to fuel efficiency. Elantra Coupe seat design also provides deeper side bolsters compared with Elantra sedan for sportier driving. Heated seats are also standard equipment on Elantra Coupe. The Elantra Coupe offers two interior color choices, gray and black. All Elantra Coupes have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look, feel and minimal environmental impact. Elantra Coupe will offer six exterior colors, two of which are unique from Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White and Black Noir Pearl. Elantra Coupe owners can also get additional premium features, such as proximity key with push-button start, leather seating surfaces and power sunroof. ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYUNDAI'S ASSURANCE COMMITMENT The Elantra Coupe takes compact coupe safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). VSM works when the driver brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides eight Newton meters of counter steering force. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering. Elantra Coupe features six airbags-including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag. The Elantra Coupe includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which helps provide maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions and driving dynamics. Elantra Coupe engineers even looked at something as simple as the parking brake for an integrated rear parking brake caliper for weight reduction. In terms of passive safety, the Elantra Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones to effectively absorb and dissipate impact energy away from cabin occupants.
  15. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com June 20, 2012 During the press launch of the new Hyundai Elantra Coupe and GT, Hyundai North America CEO John Krafcik revealed that the company is considering performance versions of the Coupe and GT. Krafcik didn’t elaborate on details, but if given the green light, the Elantra Coupe and GT would get turbocharged engines (possibly from the Veloster), stiffer suspension, upgraded exhaust, and a tweaked interior. Source: Auto Guide William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
  16. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com June 20, 2012 During the press launch of the new Hyundai Elantra Coupe and GT, Hyundai North America CEO John Krafcik revealed that the company is considering performance versions of the Coupe and GT. Krafcik didn’t elaborate on details, but if given the green light, the Elantra Coupe and GT would get turbocharged engines (possibly from the Veloster), stiffer suspension, upgraded exhaust, and a tweaked interior. Source: Auto Guide William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. View full article
  17. William Maley Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com June 15, 2012 Hyundai: once considered the bad joke of the automotive world is now one of the big players, taking names and kicking some serious a** with their lineup,and it doesn't look like they're going to stop. This week, the company released pricing for the two newest members of the Elantra lineup, the GT and Coupe. Starting with the Elantra GT, the new five-door hatchback starts at $18,395 (excluding a $775 destination charge) for a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic transmission model starts at $19,395. For the price, the Elantra GT comes well equipped. Standard equipment includes heated power side mirrors, heated front seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioned glove box, driver's knee airbag, and an adaptable steering system, which tunes the steering feel to three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Two option packages are available for the Elantra GT. The Style Package adds a panoramic sunroof, sport-tuned suspension, and leather upholstery. A Tech Package features a backup camera, automatic headlamps and a touch-screen navigation system. How Much For The Elantra Coupe? As for the Elantra Coupe, prices start $17,445 (excluding a $775 destination charge) for the base GS six-speed manual coupe. An GS automatic coupe starts at $18,445. With the GS model, you get air conditioning, heated seats, a stereo system with satellite radio and steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, keyless entry, 16-inch alloys, and a 1.8L four cylinder delivering 148 HP. If you want a bit more sport in your Elantra coupe, you'll need to step up to the SE model which begins at $19,745 for a six-speed manual. The SE gives you sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloys, leather, a sunroof, and other niceties. A tech package which includes navigation and a better audio system is available on the SE, but only on the SE automatic which begins at $20,745. Press Releases are on Page 3 & 4 HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT Unsurpassed Fuel Economy and Five-Door Versatility Starting at $18,395 COSTA MESA, Calif., June 13, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced prices for the new 2013 Elantra GT. The fun-to-drive, functional, five-door compact hatchback will have a starting price of $18,395 and be extraordinarily well-equipped. At $18,395 shoppers will discover 39 highway miles per gallon, more interior space than Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf and Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode. The 2013 Elantra GT will begin arriving in dealerships later this month. 2013 Elantra GT Pricing Elantra GT 1.8L I4 6-speed M/T $18,395 Elantra GT 1.8L I4 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC® $19,395 Freight Charges for the 2013 MY Elantra Coupe are $775. HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT Fluidic Sculpture design Powered by an advanced 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and in-house six-speed automatic or manual transmission Horsepower: 148 at 6,500 rpm (ULEV) Best-in-class standard fuel economy 39 mpg highway Best-in-class specific output at 82.2 horsepower per liter Lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment Sport-tuned suspension More passenger and maximum cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3, Golf and Matrix Standard heated front seats Driver knee airbag – an Elantra first Hidden rear camera More aerodynamic than Impreza, Matrix or Golf The new Elantra GT represents the evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language. Elantra GT's design gives it a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag. Up front, Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available panoramic sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design. Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Matrix, Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to split-fold-down rear seats and rear seat cushions than can flip upward. Like its stablemate the Elantra Coupe, heated front seats are standard. With gas prices exceeding $4 per gallon in many areas of the U.S., compact car buyers are downsizing for better fuel efficiency, but these buyers expect premium features. The Elantra GT offers the following optional premium features: power driver's seat including power lumbar support, dual automatic temperature control with clean air ionizer and auto defog system, leather seating surfaces, navigation with hidden rearview camera and proximity key with push button start. Elantra GT comes in three flavors, mirroring the packaging simplicity of the popular Hyundai Veloster: an extremely well-equipped base model, a Style package offering panoramic sunroof, upgraded wheels, and more, and a Tech package offering navigation system and more. Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates, a V-Beam rear suspension design with an integrated stabilizer bar and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics which are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT's Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire. Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's all-new Driver Selectable Steering Mode. With three operating modes to select – Comfort, Normal and Sport – this innovative system allows drivers to adapt Elantra GT steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions any time they choose. Comfort level offers the greatest ease of steering and is ideal for city and parking environments. Sport is optimized for higher-speed highways or winding roads, while Normal is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural, progressive feel. The 2013 Elantra GT delivers an EPA estimated 39 mpg highway with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission. Under the hood, Elantra GT is powered by a 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque, the same as found in the Elantra sedan. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®. Elantra GT is available as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) or Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV). The PZEV Elantra GT is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles, helping Hyundai meet its environmental commitments. Standard and Optional Features GT Manual Transmission The Elantra GT M/T has an MSRP of $18,395, excluding $775 freight, and includes the following standard features: 1.8L four-cylinder Dual CVVT engine Six-speed manual transmission Driver Selectable Steering Mode 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires Seven airbags (driver's knee airbag, front, side & curtain airbags) ABS, EBD, four-wheel disc brakes, VSM, ESC and TCS Daytime running lights Air conditioning with cooled glove box AM/FM/SiriusXM®/CD/MP3 audio system w/ six speakers, iPod®/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks Power windows, heated mirrors and door locks Remote keyless entry system with alarm Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls Cruise control Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System with voice recognition Blue Link Telematics System Premium cloth interior w/ cloth door trim Dual front illuminated vanity mirrors with sunvisor extensions Sliding center armrest Heated front seats Driver's seat height adjustment Tilt & telescopic steering wheel Outside temperature display Trip computer Metallic inside door handles One-touch triple turn signal Luggage net hooks and outlet Sunglass holder & map lights Front and rear map pockets, front seatback pockets 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback Rear-seat center armrest with cupholders Chrome grille Front fog lights Front variable intermittent wipers Bodycolor door handles & mirrors Solar glass with windshield shade band Rear window wiper and spoiler GT M/T Style Package - $2,750 Option Package MSRP 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires Sport-tuned suspension Panoramic sunroof Side mirrors with integrated turn signals Leather seating surfaces Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob Power driver's seat with power lumbar support Aluminum pedals Driver-side auto/up window GT M/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP REQUIRES STYLE PACKAGE Navigation system with seven-inch screen Rearview camera Automatic headlamps Dual automatic temperature control GT Automatic Transmission The Elantra GT A/T has an MSRP of $19,395, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GT M/T equipment plus the following features: Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® Active ECO System GT A/T Style Package - $2,750 Option Package MSRP 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires Sport-tuned suspension Panoramic sunroof Side mirrors with integrated turn signals Leather seating surfaces Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob Power driver's seat with power lumbar support Aluminum pedals Driver-side auto/up window GT A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP REQUIRES STYLE PACKAGE Navigation system with seven-inch screen Rearview camera Automatic headlamps Dual automatic temperature control HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2013 ELANTRA COUPE PRICING Sporty Coupe Design and Up to 40 MPG Highway Starting at $17,445 More Horsepower, Interior Room and Better Fuel Economy than Honda Civic Coupe Elantra Coupe also has a remarkable content advantage over Civic Coupe. For example, Elantra comes standard with a six-speed transmission and four-wheel disc brakes, features not found on any Civic Coupe. The entry to the Elantra Coupe lineup is the well-equipped GS, which comes standard with air conditioning, heated front seats, AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system, steering wheel audio controls, illuminated vanity mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth®, external temperature gauge, fog lights, power locks, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Honda Civic DX lacks all of these standard features. The Elantra Coupe will begin arriving in Hyundai dealerships later this month. 2013 Elantra Coupe Pricing Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $17,445 Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $18,445 Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $19,745 Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $20,745 Freight Charges for the 2013 MY Elantra Coupe are $775. HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA COUPE Unique Fluidic Sculpture two-door coupe design language 1.8-liter Nu Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) engine In-house-developed and manufactured six-speed manual and automatic transmissions 40-mpg EPA estimated highway rating on M/T model Eleven percent more fuel efficient than Honda Civic Coupe M/T [*]Longer wheelbase, overall length and width than Civic Coupe for a more comfortable, roomy interior cabin [*]More interior volume than Civic Coupe, Accord Coupe and Altima Coupe [*]Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD [*]Available seven-inch touch-screen navigation with rearview camera and iPod®/USB inputs [*]Standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition [*]Available proximity-key entry with electronic push-button start The two-door sport coupe model of the Elantra sedan will attract even more buyers to the Elantra line-up, further expanding its appeal to savvy consumers. It offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version a sales success, while broadening its market reach to youthful, sporty buyers willing to forgo a bit of four-door versatility for coupe design appeal. The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features. The Elantra Coupe is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a lightweight V-beam design with an integrated 22 mm stabilizer bar for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort and control. A substantial 22.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll and turn-in response when cornering. Steering knuckle design and damper tuning have all been recalibrated for sportier handling and steering responsiveness compared with Elantra sedan. In addition, Elantra Coupe offers a sportier SE model suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire. Standard and Optional Features GS Manual Transmission The Elantra Coupe GS M/T has an MSRP of $17,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes the following standard features: 1.8L four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower Six-speed manual transmission Six airbags: Advanced dual front airbags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Four-wheel disc brakes, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) 16-inch alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires Front fog lights Daytime running lights Dual heated power outside mirrors Air conditioning AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers with steering wheel audio controls iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks Steering wheel mounted cruise control Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with Voice Recognition Remote keyless entry system with alarm Power windows with driver's auto-down and power door locks Tilt-and-Telescopic steering wheel Heated front seats Cloth insert door trim Trip computer Illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions and illuminated ignition Front door map pockets and sliding center armrest 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback Rear center armrest with cupholders Solar glass with windshield shade band glass Bodycolor door handles and mirrors GS Automatic Transmission The Elantra Coupe GS A/T has an MSRP of $18,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features: Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System SE Manual Transmission The Elantra Coupe SE M/T has an MSRP of $19,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features: 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires Sport-tuned suspension Power tilt-and-slide sunroof Leather seating surfaces Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob One touch up drivers window Aluminum pedals Side mirror with integrated turn signals Unique grille Rear spoiler Hood Insulator SE Automatic Transmission The Elantra Coupe SE A/T has an MSRP of $20,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the SE M/T equipment plus the following features: Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System SE A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP Navigation system with seven-inch screen Rearview camera 360-watt premium audio with digital external amplifier Automatic headlamps Dual automatic temperature control Proximity key entry with push button start View full article
  18. William Maley

    How Much For The Hyundai Elantra GT and Coupe?

    William Maley Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com June 15, 2012 Hyundai: once considered the bad joke of the automotive world is now one of the big players, taking names and kicking some serious a** with their lineup,and it doesn't look like they're going to stop. This week, the company released pricing for the two newest members of the Elantra lineup, the GT and Coupe. Starting with the Elantra GT, the new five-door hatchback starts at $18,395 (excluding a $775 destination charge) for a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic transmission model starts at $19,395. For the price, the Elantra GT comes well equipped. Standard equipment includes heated power side mirrors, heated front seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioned glove box, driver's knee airbag, and an adaptable steering system, which tunes the steering feel to three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Two option packages are available for the Elantra GT. The Style Package adds a panoramic sunroof, sport-tuned suspension, and leather upholstery. A Tech Package features a backup camera, automatic headlamps and a touch-screen navigation system. How Much For The Elantra Coupe? As for the Elantra Coupe, prices start $17,445 (excluding a $775 destination charge) for the base GS six-speed manual coupe. An GS automatic coupe starts at $18,445. With the GS model, you get air conditioning, heated seats, a stereo system with satellite radio and steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, keyless entry, 16-inch alloys, and a 1.8L four cylinder delivering 148 HP. If you want a bit more sport in your Elantra coupe, you'll need to step up to the SE model which begins at $19,745 for a six-speed manual. The SE gives you sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloys, leather, a sunroof, and other niceties. A tech package which includes navigation and a better audio system is available on the SE, but only on the SE automatic which begins at $20,745. Press Releases are on Page 3 & 4 HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT Unsurpassed Fuel Economy and Five-Door Versatility Starting at $18,395 COSTA MESA, Calif., June 13, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced prices for the new 2013 Elantra GT. The fun-to-drive, functional, five-door compact hatchback will have a starting price of $18,395 and be extraordinarily well-equipped. At $18,395 shoppers will discover 39 highway miles per gallon, more interior space than Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf and Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode. The 2013 Elantra GT will begin arriving in dealerships later this month. 2013 Elantra GT Pricing Elantra GT 1.8L I4 6-speed M/T $18,395 Elantra GT 1.8L I4 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC® $19,395 Freight Charges for the 2013 MY Elantra Coupe are $775. HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT Fluidic Sculpture design Powered by an advanced 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and in-house six-speed automatic or manual transmission Horsepower: 148 at 6,500 rpm (ULEV) Best-in-class standard fuel economy 39 mpg highway Best-in-class specific output at 82.2 horsepower per liter Lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment Sport-tuned suspension More passenger and maximum cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3, Golf and Matrix Standard heated front seats Driver knee airbag – an Elantra first Hidden rear camera More aerodynamic than Impreza, Matrix or Golf The new Elantra GT represents the evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language. Elantra GT's design gives it a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag. Up front, Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available panoramic sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design. Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Matrix, Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to split-fold-down rear seats and rear seat cushions than can flip upward. Like its stablemate the Elantra Coupe, heated front seats are standard. With gas prices exceeding $4 per gallon in many areas of the U.S., compact car buyers are downsizing for better fuel efficiency, but these buyers expect premium features. The Elantra GT offers the following optional premium features: power driver's seat including power lumbar support, dual automatic temperature control with clean air ionizer and auto defog system, leather seating surfaces, navigation with hidden rearview camera and proximity key with push button start. Elantra GT comes in three flavors, mirroring the packaging simplicity of the popular Hyundai Veloster: an extremely well-equipped base model, a Style package offering panoramic sunroof, upgraded wheels, and more, and a Tech package offering navigation system and more. Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates, a V-Beam rear suspension design with an integrated stabilizer bar and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics which are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT's Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire. Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's all-new Driver Selectable Steering Mode. With three operating modes to select – Comfort, Normal and Sport – this innovative system allows drivers to adapt Elantra GT steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions any time they choose. Comfort level offers the greatest ease of steering and is ideal for city and parking environments. Sport is optimized for higher-speed highways or winding roads, while Normal is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural, progressive feel. The 2013 Elantra GT delivers an EPA estimated 39 mpg highway with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission. Under the hood, Elantra GT is powered by a 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque, the same as found in the Elantra sedan. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®. Elantra GT is available as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) or Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV). The PZEV Elantra GT is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles, helping Hyundai meet its environmental commitments. Standard and Optional Features GT Manual Transmission The Elantra GT M/T has an MSRP of $18,395, excluding $775 freight, and includes the following standard features: 1.8L four-cylinder Dual CVVT engine Six-speed manual transmission Driver Selectable Steering Mode 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires Seven airbags (driver's knee airbag, front, side & curtain airbags) ABS, EBD, four-wheel disc brakes, VSM, ESC and TCS Daytime running lights Air conditioning with cooled glove box AM/FM/SiriusXM®/CD/MP3 audio system w/ six speakers, iPod®/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks Power windows, heated mirrors and door locks Remote keyless entry system with alarm Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls Cruise control Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System with voice recognition Blue Link Telematics System Premium cloth interior w/ cloth door trim Dual front illuminated vanity mirrors with sunvisor extensions Sliding center armrest Heated front seats Driver's seat height adjustment Tilt & telescopic steering wheel Outside temperature display Trip computer Metallic inside door handles One-touch triple turn signal Luggage net hooks and outlet Sunglass holder & map lights Front and rear map pockets, front seatback pockets 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback Rear-seat center armrest with cupholders Chrome grille Front fog lights Front variable intermittent wipers Bodycolor door handles & mirrors Solar glass with windshield shade band Rear window wiper and spoiler GT M/T Style Package - $2,750 Option Package MSRP 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires Sport-tuned suspension Panoramic sunroof Side mirrors with integrated turn signals Leather seating surfaces Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob Power driver's seat with power lumbar support Aluminum pedals Driver-side auto/up window GT M/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP REQUIRES STYLE PACKAGE Navigation system with seven-inch screen Rearview camera Automatic headlamps Dual automatic temperature control GT Automatic Transmission The Elantra GT A/T has an MSRP of $19,395, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GT M/T equipment plus the following features: Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® Active ECO System GT A/T Style Package - $2,750 Option Package MSRP 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires Sport-tuned suspension Panoramic sunroof Side mirrors with integrated turn signals Leather seating surfaces Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob Power driver's seat with power lumbar support Aluminum pedals Driver-side auto/up window GT A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP REQUIRES STYLE PACKAGE Navigation system with seven-inch screen Rearview camera Automatic headlamps Dual automatic temperature control HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2013 ELANTRA COUPE PRICING Sporty Coupe Design and Up to 40 MPG Highway Starting at $17,445 More Horsepower, Interior Room and Better Fuel Economy than Honda Civic Coupe Elantra Coupe also has a remarkable content advantage over Civic Coupe. For example, Elantra comes standard with a six-speed transmission and four-wheel disc brakes, features not found on any Civic Coupe. The entry to the Elantra Coupe lineup is the well-equipped GS, which comes standard with air conditioning, heated front seats, AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system, steering wheel audio controls, illuminated vanity mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth®, external temperature gauge, fog lights, power locks, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Honda Civic DX lacks all of these standard features. The Elantra Coupe will begin arriving in Hyundai dealerships later this month. 2013 Elantra Coupe Pricing Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $17,445 Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $18,445 Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $19,745 Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $20,745 Freight Charges for the 2013 MY Elantra Coupe are $775. HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA COUPE Unique Fluidic Sculpture two-door coupe design language 1.8-liter Nu Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) engine In-house-developed and manufactured six-speed manual and automatic transmissions 40-mpg EPA estimated highway rating on M/T model Eleven percent more fuel efficient than Honda Civic Coupe M/T [*]Longer wheelbase, overall length and width than Civic Coupe for a more comfortable, roomy interior cabin [*]More interior volume than Civic Coupe, Accord Coupe and Altima Coupe [*]Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD [*]Available seven-inch touch-screen navigation with rearview camera and iPod®/USB inputs [*]Standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition [*]Available proximity-key entry with electronic push-button start The two-door sport coupe model of the Elantra sedan will attract even more buyers to the Elantra line-up, further expanding its appeal to savvy consumers. It offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version a sales success, while broadening its market reach to youthful, sporty buyers willing to forgo a bit of four-door versatility for coupe design appeal. The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features. The Elantra Coupe is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a lightweight V-beam design with an integrated 22 mm stabilizer bar for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort and control. A substantial 22.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll and turn-in response when cornering. Steering knuckle design and damper tuning have all been recalibrated for sportier handling and steering responsiveness compared with Elantra sedan. In addition, Elantra Coupe offers a sportier SE model suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire. Standard and Optional Features GS Manual Transmission The Elantra Coupe GS M/T has an MSRP of $17,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes the following standard features: 1.8L four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower Six-speed manual transmission Six airbags: Advanced dual front airbags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Four-wheel disc brakes, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) 16-inch alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires Front fog lights Daytime running lights Dual heated power outside mirrors Air conditioning AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers with steering wheel audio controls iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks Steering wheel mounted cruise control Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with Voice Recognition Remote keyless entry system with alarm Power windows with driver's auto-down and power door locks Tilt-and-Telescopic steering wheel Heated front seats Cloth insert door trim Trip computer Illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions and illuminated ignition Front door map pockets and sliding center armrest 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback Rear center armrest with cupholders Solar glass with windshield shade band glass Bodycolor door handles and mirrors GS Automatic Transmission The Elantra Coupe GS A/T has an MSRP of $18,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features: Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System SE Manual Transmission The Elantra Coupe SE M/T has an MSRP of $19,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features: 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires Sport-tuned suspension Power tilt-and-slide sunroof Leather seating surfaces Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob One touch up drivers window Aluminum pedals Side mirror with integrated turn signals Unique grille Rear spoiler Hood Insulator SE Automatic Transmission The Elantra Coupe SE A/T has an MSRP of $20,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the SE M/T equipment plus the following features: Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System SE A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP Navigation system with seven-inch screen Rearview camera 360-watt premium audio with digital external amplifier Automatic headlamps Dual automatic temperature control Proximity key entry with push button start

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