For next year, Hyundai will give one of their old favorites a refreshing “update” when the new, 5-door, 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring hits showroom floors. Intended to have a sportier feel then the Elantra sedan, the ’09 Elantra Touring gets the street racing treatment with 17-inch alloy wheels, two-tone interior trim, and a B&M racing sport shifter. Available with either an automatic or manual transmission, the Elantra Grand Touring comes with a 2.1L 4-cylinder engine which produces a respectable 141-hp and averages about 25 mpg combined [est.]. Pricing for the ’09 Elantra Grand Touring has yet to be announced, but we expect it to fall somewhere within the current Elantra’s neighborhood of around $15,000.
On another note: if you were the Hyundai design engineer who convinced the company to spend thousands producing the Elantra Grand Touring, another car no one will care about, Human Resources would like you see you in their offices.
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