Hyundai’s award-winning Elantra line-up adds a coupe variant
Hyundai today introduced a new coupe variant to its popular Elantra line-up at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The two-door coupe version of the Elantra sedan, available this spring, will further expand the nameplate’s appeal to savvy consumers and attract even more buyers to the Elantra line-up. The new two-door variant offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version the second best-selling car in Canada. The 2013 Elantra Coupe sports aggressive new “Fluidic Sculpture” design elements, a fuel-efficient powertrain, fun-to-drive dynamics, high-tech convenience features, and advanced safety equipment.
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2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Details:
▪ Coupe version of the 2012 North American Car of the Year
▪ Unique “Fluidic Sculpture” styling in a two-door coupe format
▪ 1.8-litre “Nu” inline four-cylinder with D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing)
– Standard six-speed manual and available six-speed automatic transmission
– 4.9 L/100 km highway fuel consumption (estimated)
– Best-in-class fuel economy is standard, no special “eco” model
▪ Longer wheelbase, overall length, and width than Civic Coupe for a more comfortable and roomy cabin
▪ Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
▪ Numerous high-tech features available:
– 7-inch touch-screen navigation system with rearview camera and iPod®/USB/AUX connectivity
– Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
– Proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition
▪ Designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, California
▪ To be built in Ulsan, Korea
Under the hood
Under the hood resides a 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine named “Nu.” Developing an estimated 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque, the Nu engine is shared across the Elantra line-up. As with the award-winning Elantra sedan, Elantra Coupe will deliver an estimated 4.9 L/100 km highway fuel economy rating.
Key Engine Components
▪ Aluminum block and head
▪ Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
▪ 2-stage Variable Induction System (VIS)
▪ Roller swing arm and hydraulic lash adjusters
▪ Electronic throttle control
▪ Offset crankshaft
|2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe||
2012 Honda Civic Coupe
|Engine||1.8L I4||1.8L I4|
|HP @ RPM||148 @ 6,500*||140 @ 6,500|
|Torque @ RPM (lb-ft)||131 @ 4,700*||128 @ 4,300|
|Curb Weight (kg)||1,219*||1,191|
|Transmission||6MT or 6AT||5MT or 5AT|
|Fuel Economy (M/T) City / Highway||6.8 / 4.9*||7.2 / 5.4|
|Fuel Economy (A/T) City / Highway||6.9 / 4.9*||7.2 / 5.0|
The Elantra Coupe features a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and twin-tube shock absorbers. The rear suspension utilizes a lightweight coupled torsion beam for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort. A 22 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Steering knuckle design, torsion beam rigidity, and damper tuning have all been recalibrated to endow the Elantra Coupe with sportier handling and steering responsiveness relative to its sedan counterpart. Elantra Coupe will also offer an SE model with a sharper suspension calibration optimized for the lower-profile P215/45R17 tires.
All Elantra Coupes have column-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy versus a hydraulic steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in
Inside the Elantra Coupe, occupants will find Hyundai’s expertise in packaging, lighting, design, and craftsmanship. Clear, easily legible gauges reside behind the tilting and telescopic steering wheel. The seats, constructed using environmentally-friendly foam, contribute to Elantra’s reduced weight. The seats in Elantra Coupe models feature deeper side bolsters than those found in the sedan for increased lateral support. Heated seats are standard equipment on all Elantra Coupes, while the SE model adds sporty aluminum pedals.
The Elantra Coupe offers two interior colour choices, namely gray cloth or black leather depending on the trim level selected. The vehicle also includes cloth-like pillar trim made offibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look and feel with minimal environmental impact.
Elantra Coupe is available with two audio systems. Standard is a 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary connectivity. The SE model features a 360-watt audio system with external amplifier. Also included in the SE trim is a high-resolution navigation system with a 7.0-inch touch-screen, voice activation, and rear-view camera.
Other premium features include proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition, leather seating surfaces, power sunroof, and fully automatic dual-zone climate control with CleanAir Ionizer.