Hyundai Reveals Stunning 2011 Elantra

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The current Elantra was admittedly modeled after the previous Toyota Corolla, but the upcoming 2011 compact model shows Hyundai's newfound confidence and no doubt leaves the current Corolla feeling somewhat underdressed. 

Think 2011 Sonata and you'll have a pretty good idea what the 2011 Elantra looks like, and surprisingly the long, graceful shape of the midsize model is hardly lost on this compact. Having debuted at Korea's Busan auto show earlier this week, the Elantra, called Avante in its home market, is as gracefully elegant as C-segment cars get. 

Hyundai calls its new design language "fluidic sculpture," and it's an aptly suited moniker when considering the new Sonata, Elantra and even the tiny Accent that showed up at the Beijing auto show earlier this week. A long, seemingly low roofline gives the car a four-door coupe-like stance, and long, artistically penned headlight and taillight clusters are the stuff of dreams. 

Driving it should be good too, but details about the North American-spec model are beyond scarce.  In world markets outside of North America the next-gen Elantra gets a 1.6-litre direct-injection inline-four cylinder that's good for 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.  It features a new six-speed automatic too, uncommon in the compact class. 

The Elantra will go on sale in South Korea during the second half of 2010, and North America later this year or the beginning of next.  If it drives as well as it looks, it'll be brilliant. 

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sedan, Hyundai, 2011, Elantra, $10,000 - $19,999, Compact,

Organizations: Hyundai

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