2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
Following up on the success of last year’s new Elantra sedan
, Hyundai has announced a coupe version of the Elantra, set to debut at this week’s Chicago Auto Show
. Emphasizing a blend of style, content and roominess, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe hopes to pull market share from the Honda Civic
and Kia Forte
Exterior styling borrows from Hyundai’s now-familiar “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, which includes the hexagonal grille, swept-back headlamps, steeply raked A-pillar and flowing character lines carried from door to rear deck.
Boosting the coupe’s appearance are wheel arch creases that simulate flared fenders, a sculpted rocker panel and a black rear diffuser offset by the car’s chrome exhaust tips. The overall look of the Elantra Coupe is best described as sporty, but refined.
Inside, the coupe manages to deliver more room than you’d expect it to. Like its four-door sibling, the Elantra Coupe is considered to be a midsize car by the EPA, and it offers more passenger and cargo volume than the Honda Civic coupe or the Kia Forte Koup.
There’s a surprising amount of interior content, too, especially given the Elantra Coupe’s likely price point. All models get deeply bolstered cloth sport seats, and GS or SE buyers get a choice of black or gray interiors. Even base models get a 172-watt audio system that includes satellite radio, six speakers and a USB-in port.
Buyers opting for higher trim models can get touchscreen and voice-activated navigation (on a 7-inch screen), Bluetooth audio streaming, a rear-view camera, proximity key with push-button start, heated leather seating and automatic climate control with a Clean Air ionizer function.
Under the hood is the same 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that powers the Hyundai Elantra
sedan. The engine produces up to 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque, and comes mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The Elantra Coupe will deliver up to 40 mpg on the highway (39 with the automatic transmission), and cars sold in California, Oregon and Northeastern states are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles. Elantra Coupes sold in other regions qualify as Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.
The Elantra Coupe comes with a full complement of safety features as well, including Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Antilock Brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. All Elantra Coupes also get six airbags for improved occupant safety.
Look for Hyundai Elantra Coupe models to hit dealer showrooms this spring.
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