2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe debuts at Chicago Auto Show
Hyundai has introduced the all-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe, a new sport-coupe variant of its compact segment player, the Elantra, at the Chicago Auto Show. While featuring the same “fluidic sculpture” design theme of the sedan variant, the new Coupe aims to be hotter than the hot competition.
The 2013 Elantra Coupe will be powered by Hyundai’s 1.8-litre “Nu” engine featuring dual continuously variable valve timing, and delivers 148 hp and 178 nm of torque, 3 hp and 2 nm of torque more than the Elantra sedan. The engine is mated to an in-house developed 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. The Elantra coupe is said to be a bigger car than its chief rivals, the Honda Civic Coupe and the Kia Cerato Koup.
Other highlights of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe include a voice-controlled multimedia navigation system featuring a 7-inch high-resolution touch screen, rear-view camera, iPod/USB/AUX capability and headliner-mounted microphone for voice activation, Bluetooth audio support and hands-free phone system with voice recognition, smart-key entry with electronic push-button start, Vehicle Stability Management featuring electronic stability control, traction control system, ABS with brake assist and EBD, auto-defogger, clean-air ionizer, multitude of airbags and so on.
The Elantra Coupe will go on sale in the US market by the middle of this year. We do have hopes of our local dealers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and rest of GCC, rolling in the Elantra Coupe with barely half the features and just one airbag, later this year.
When Hyundai manages to build a VW GTi rival or a proper hot-hatch.
I will start taking it seriously..
That Veloster was only a cool looking car..
The Veloster is getting a 201hp GDI turbo engine for 2013,
However I don’t think it will get here, since GDI’s don’t ever make it to GCC.
That doesn’t make it a a “only a cool looking car” 🙂