Hyundai unveils new Elantra compact sedan at the on-going auto show in Los Angeles.
Hyundai Elantra 2011 will hit the dealerships in the States shortly after its official unveiling. If you're planning to buy a new compact car, you should definitely wait a month or two and take it for a spin.
Hyundai says the all-new Elantra encompasses the automaker's latest ambitions including "Fluidic Sculpture" design, advanced safety and powertrain technology and fuel efficiency.
Under the hood, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra features the carmaker's latest four-cylinder engine with displacement of 1.8L. Codenamed Nu, the 1.8L four-cyl. unit produces 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. The engine, which weighs 74 pounds less than the one it replaces, is mated to Hyundai's brand new six-speed automatic gearbox, which also available in the 2011 Sonata sedan and 2011 Santa Fe SUV.
The new model has grown in size; its overall length has increased by 0.9 inches to 178.3 inches, while the width remained the same as with with previous generation (69.9-inch). According to Hyundai, the height has been lowered by 1.8 inches to 56.5 inches, without affecting headroom.
In addition to offering a modern design and advanced powertrain technology, the Elantra also offers luxury features such as touch-screen navigation, rear-view camera, and iPod and USB inputs, heated rear seats, hands-free phone system with voice recognition and many others.
Pricing for the Elantra 2011 starts $14,830 for the base GLS model and ends $21,980 for the range-topping Premium model. [Source: Hyundai-blog.com]