Hyundai expands its Elantra lineup with the debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show of the all-new 2013 Elantra GT five-door hatchback and Elantra coupe.
The 2013 Elantra GT, which replaces the Elantra Touring model, is designed to attract buyers likely to consider Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf.
The Elantra Coupe, on the other hand, seeks to lure younger buyers with its sporty styling, roomy interior and fun-to-drive quality. Both models should benefit from their sibling Elantra sedan’s being named the 2012 North American Car of the Year in January.
In our view, the two newest additions to the Elantra line add up to more excitement in the small car market. Since the Elantra coupe comes out this spring, we’ll look at its highlights first.
2013 Elantra coupe
The all-new compact variant of the Elantra sedan, the 2013 Elantra coupe continues Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design theme evolution. Sporting a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that the automaker says should achieve up to 40 mpg on the highway with manual transmission, the Elantra coupe also offers generous interior room that exceeds that of the 2012 Honda Civic coupe and 2012 Kia Forte Koup.
Our sister publication MotorAuthority has more details on the Elantra coupe’s debut at the Chicago Auto Show, but we’re struck by the two-door Elantra’s styling and standard or available features.
Touch-screen navigation is available on SE trim with a high-resolution 7.0-inch screen and voice activation by a microphone mounted in the headliner. The system also has an integrated rearview camera, which, notes the automaker, is not available on the Honda Civic coupe or the Kia Forte Koup.
Other available Elantra coupe features include leather seats, proximity key with push-button start, power sunroof, and dual automatic temperature control with auto-defogger and clean air ionizer.
On the safety front, the Elantra coupe is equipped with six standard airbags, electronic stability control, and electronic brake-force distribution.
2013 Elantra GT
As the “practical” five-door hatchback version of the family, the five-passenger 2013 Elantra GT, while it may not be as snazzy-looking as the coupe and sedan, should appeal to compact car buyers looking for a fuel-efficient and roomy car as part of the household’s vehicle mix when it goes on sale this summer.
Hyundai says the Elantra GT, which is based on the new-generation i30 designed for the European market, has more interior volume, at 110.2 cubic feet, than the 2012 Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Mazda3, at 108, 110 and 112 cubic feet, respectively. Cargo capacity is 51 cubic feet with the fold-flat rear seats down, more room, Hyundai says, than the Nissan Juke.
With the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions as the Elantra coupe, the Elantra GT is estimated to achieve 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway/32 mpg combined fuel economy. The Elantra GT is also the lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment, weighing in at 2,784 pounds with automatic transmission, 2,745 pounds with manual gearbox.
Premium features in the Elantra GT include standard heated front seats, cooled glove box, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, a six-speaker, 172-watt audio system, Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition and Hyundai’s BlueLink safety, service and infotainment system.
The Elantra GT is fitted with seven standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, an Elantra first.
See more coverage on the 2013 Elantra GT at MotorAuthority.