Hyundai to launch 2012 Elantra Coupe

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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With so many of the new four-door sedan designs shaped like coupes it only seems natural to extend their front doors while filling in those in the rear so as to make real two-door coupes in order to liven up a given lineup. This appears to be what Hyundai has in mind for its all-new Elantra, and by so doing it will go head-to-head with Honda and its popular Civic Coupe, let alone sister company Kia with its Forte Koup that's based on the same platform architecture.

A report comes in from Automotive News that sales of the new 2012 Elantra Coupe will begin as early as this coming spring, so we can expect a production version of the car to debut in Chicago later this month, or at the very latest New York in April.

At the other end of the size spectrum, Hyundai will bring a completely redesigned Azera to market in the U.S. (the model was dropped in Canada when the Genesis sedan was introduced so it won't likely return) to compete in the full-size mainstream segment currently filled with the Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, and Toyota Avalon. Along with new styling, the new 2012 Azera will get Hyundai's 3.3-litre V6 rated above 260-horsepower. Hyundai hopes to push Azera sales beyond the 20,000 mark for 2012; last year the model's sales languished at only 3,051 deliveries across the States.

The final models that need redesign in order for Hyundai to have a completely revitalized lineup are its entry-level Accent and the Elantra Touring, plus the Santa Fe and Veracruz crossovers. The 2012 Accent sedan has already debuted as the Verna for other markets, and incorporates the same design language as Elantra and Sonata, whereas the hatchback version will be the sportiest Accent yet, with a steeply raked shoulder line capped off with a tall, almost wagon-like rear end.

There's no word on the Elantra Touring, and being that the model is relatively new here it may soldier on for another couple of years relatively unchanged. Hyundai has been tightlipped about the upcoming Santa Fe, too, with little more than speculation that a seven-occupant version will replace the Veracruz. Additionally, zero renderings have escaped from the automaker's design department. All we can say is stay tuned. 
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Topics: Coupe, Hyundai, 2012, Elantra, Santa Fe,

Organizations: Hyundai

Geographic location: Santa Fe

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