Hyundai introduces 2013 Elantra Coupe

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Over the past few years Hyundai has redefined itself with improvements in quality and expressive vehicle design, and has cemented its sporting credentials with the introduction of a pair of sport compact cars. Both the Genesis Coupe and the Veloster have drawn attention and praise for their styling and performance. Now, a third new design is being introduced into Hyundai's sport compact stable: The 2013 Elantra Coupe.

The Elantra Coupe joins the recently redesigned four-door Elantra sedan and the new 2013 five-door Elantra GT hatchback in the Elantra lineup. Like its sedan and hatchback counterparts, the Elantra Coupe has been styled with Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy, which imitates the graceful forms created in nature by the interaction of wind or tide against sand. "From that you get a a lot of natural arcs and lines," explains designer Andre Hudson, "which is nice to look at and has a flowing feel to it, even when standing still."

The Elantra Coupe's voluptuous body is adorned with fog lights up front, chrome-tipped dual exhaust at the rear and available 17-inch wheels under its bulbous wheel arches. A 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine resides under the sloping hood and produces an estimated 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual control.

Inside, the Elantra Coupe comes with a standard AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and input jacks for Apple iPod, USB and auxiliary components. The Elantra Coupe can also be had with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power sunroof, upgraded audio, and a navigation system with a seven-inch touch-screen display and backup camera.

In addition to its wealth of interior features, the 2013 Elantra Coupe protects occupants with safety technologies including vehicle stability management, electronic stability control and antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. The Elantra Coupe also comes equipped with a full array of airbags including dual front, side curtain and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags.

Although Canadian pricing and sales dates have not yet been divulged, one certainty is that Hyundai is finally ready to challenge the well-established competition within the entry-level coupe segment. Once it arrives, the 2013 Elantra Coupe will compete with other such two-doors as the Honda Civic Coupe, the Scion TC and the Kia Forte Koup.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Coupe, Hyundai, 2013, Elantra Coupe, Compact,

Organizations: Hyundai

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