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Hyundai Elantra coupe debuts in USA (copyright image)

The new Hyundai Elantra coupe debuted
at the 2011 Chicago Motor Show. (copyright image)

The Hyundai Elantra coupe is not intended for the Australian market.

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9th February, 2012

Hyundai has introduced a new two-door coupe variant to the Elantra line-up at America's 2012 Chicago Motor Show. The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features.

Designed at Hyundai's North American Design Centre in Irvine, California the Elantra Coupe takes Hyundai's dynamic "Fluidic Sculpture" design principles to the next level, replicating the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to provide a perception of fluid in motion.

Hyundai's signature hexagonal front fascia opening and jewelled swept-back headlights give Elantra Coupe a lean, aggressive demeanour. Fog lights and optional side mirror repeater lamps complement the view from the front.

From the side, Elantra Coupe conveys a wedge-like silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. Five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts add a dynamic presence to the SE model, while A- and C-pillar angles frame a sharply tapered greenhouse, further accentuating the wedge profile. Just below the belt line, a prominent character line carries from the door through to the boot while wheel arch creases give a subtle flared appearance around front and rear wheels, for a wide and aggressive presence. A bevelled rocker panel rounds out the lean effect.

At the rear, a blacked-out diffuser valance contrasts with dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips, with boot lid incorporates a lip spoiler design element featuring in the SE model.

These sculpted surfaces serve to provide a highly aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra Coupe is an exceptionally low 0.28 Cd, resulting in minimal cabin noise intrusion and optimal fuel economy.

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The Elantra is fitted with Hyundai's all-new 1.8 litre Nu petrol-fuelled engine. Made from all-aluminium, it's light, powerful and delivers a power output of 110 kW @ 6,500 rpm, and torque of 178 Nm @ 4,700 rpm. Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum offer power, efficiency, and refinement provide a 30 per cent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. The Nu engine also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

Hyundai matched the Elantra's 1.8-litre engine to a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or optional six-speed automatic transmission (A6GF1). This new breed of in-house transmissions offer slick, smooth gear transitions and to further enhance the economy of the driveline.

The Elantra Coupe delivers class-leading safety features and is equipped with the following features across the entire range: Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronics Stability Control (ESC) incorporating Traction Control System (TCS), six airbags including front side (thorax) and side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include four-channel Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), three-point retractable seat belts for all occupants with pretensioners and load limiters on the front seat belts. Central door locking, engine immobiliser and keyless entry with alarm are also standard on all models.

The new Hyundai Elantra coupe will compete against two slightly smaller coupes in North America, namely the Honda Civic coupe and the Kia Cerato (Forte) Koup coupe.

There are no plans to introduce the Hyundai Elantra Coupe into the Australian market.


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