So this is what the new Hyundai Elantra will look like in the United States market. It’s not much of a surprise despite Hyundai’s efforts to keep the car hidden; as Inside Line tells us, it’s been released to other world markets as the Hyundai Avante since last April. The compact sedan gets familiar lines, and definitely borrows styling cues from the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The character lines sweeping back across the doors, the chiseled front fenders and the dual grille and fascia air intakes are common to both cars, which really do feature class-leading styling. Just a few years ago “bland” would have been the best word to describe Hyundai’s styling; today, “stunning” is much more accurate.
Power will come from a 1.8 liter four, good for 148 horsepower and 131 ft lb of torque. When mated to the six speed automatic transmission, the 2011 Elantra is rated at 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway; expect a few mpg less when equipped with the manual transmission.
Elantras will be built at Hyundai’s Montgomery, Alabama plant, alongside of ithe Sonata and Santa Fe models. The automaker is holding back details on variants and trim levels until the “official” introduction later this week, but I’d expect GLS models to start around the $17,000 price point, on par with last year’s version.