Hyundai is aware that no matter how successful one of their vehicles is, it still won't please everybody. That is why Hyundai is putting together their North American Car of the Year- the Hyundai Elantra- into several new model types for 2013. A 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe will hit dealer lots this spring and a five-door GT (Touring) hatchback will arrive by summer 2012. Both of these models were featured at the Chicago Auto Show at the beginning of February.
The reasoning behind these new vehicles is simply to please as many compact car buyers as possible. As John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America states, "While Elantra is a wonderful sedan, not everyone wants a sedan. Right?"1 To satisfy those drivers previously left behind by the sedan model, both new vehicles will be made of several new parts. Both models are powered by a 1.8-liter engine that produces 148 horsepower and has a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and a new Mac suspension. The GT model has a shorter wheelbase, but it still manages an amazing amount of cargo and cabin capacity. It also gets great fuel economy numbers at 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway (23 percent better overall compared to the sedan).
Both vehicles also come with fantastic technology features such as iPod and Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. The GT variant also features Driver Selectable Steering with three modes from which to choose. Pricing has yet to be announced for both models.
To learn more about the new Hyundai Elantra models, stay tuned here with Manly Hyundai. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as updates become available. If you have specific questions, feel free to contact us anytime, or stop by and see us at 2755 Corby Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95407.