• Apr 12th 2006 at 12:57AM
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The new 2007 Hyundai Elantra is the seventh new product from Hyundai in the last two years. The all-new midsize (that’s a new EPA classification thanks to 112.1 cubic feet of interior volume) gets Hyundai’s now traditional battery of safety equipment including six airbags, ABS brakes and front-seat active head restraints. The new lines echo the company’s recent design philosophy of restrained expression. While some might call that boring, others will see the new Elantra as more mature in appearance than its predecessors. The bigger dimensions allow for an interior that’s larger than the inner sanctums of the Civic, Corolla and even the Acura TL. It's clear that Hyundai is aiming the Elantra directly at both Japanese small sedans and will likely undercut them in price by a large margin.

We’ll have to wait until later in the day to bring you more specifics on the Elantra’s hardware, so in the meantime you can feast on more pics and Hyundai's pre-show press release after the jump.

[Source: Hyundai]


NEW YORK, April 13, 2006 – The all-new 2007 Elantra makes its world debut today at the 2006 New York International Auto Show. Hyundai’s 2007 Elantra is the 7th all-new product from Hyundai in just 24 months, giving Hyundai the freshest lineup in the industry. All new from headlight to taillight, Elantra brings more refinement, safety and interior space to compact car shoppers. The all-new Elantra is substantially roomier than either Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla.

“With Hyundai’s assertive new design direction, the all-new Elantra delivers more interior space than an Acura TL, and a level of ride and handling refinement that’s both agile and comfortable,” said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Add in unsurpassed standard safety features like six airbags, anti-lock brakes and active front head restraints and the Elantra continues to offer exceptional value.”

All Elantras have six standard airbags, including two advanced front airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and two side curtain airbags protecting front- and rear-seat outboard passengers, anti-lock brakes and front-seat active head restraints. Side-impact airbags are expensive options on direct competitors such as the Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus and are not available on the Chevrolet Cobalt. Side curtain air protection is optional on Corolla and Cobalt and still not available on Focus.

Elantra continues the dramatic new aerodynamic styling theme introduced on the all-new 2007 Santa Fe - assertive, refined and confident. Up front, the Elantra features projector-style headlights and a chrome-accented front grille for a more upscale appearance. The profile of Elantra features an expressive character line and a clean look with bodycolor door handles and mirrors. Elantra is wider and taller than its predecessor. Increasing the height 2.2 inches and moving the driver’s seating position up 1.8 inches opens up the cabin for more room and flexibility. Two inches of added width deliver more front and rear shoulder room as well.
The Elantra is truly a “class above” Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla for interior room and now offers three percent more space than the outgoing model. Elantra is so roomy the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, not a compact car like Civic and Corolla. With 97.9 cubic feet of passenger room and 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, the Elantra has the most interior volume for a sedan in its class.  Elantra’s total interior volume of 112.1 cubic feet exceeds the 2006 Civic sedan (102.9 cu. ft.), 2006 Corolla (103.8 cu. ft.) and even the near-luxury 2006 Acura TL (110.4 cubic feet) sedan. Elantra trunk capacity also beats Civic and Corolla. Its 14.2 cu. ft. of trunk volume is 18 percent larger than Civic and five percent bigger than Corolla.  

Elantra’s design team worked to solve the classic design tradeoffs between interior roominess, agility and driving comfort.  On one hand, interior space and cargo room are critically important in a sedan in this class; on the other hand, secure, responsive handling and good road isolation are also priorities. The Elantra’s ride quality improves upon that offered by Civic, Corolla, Focus and Cobalt. An advanced, motor-driven, engine-speed-sensing rack-and-pinion power steering ensures the new Elantra has a more agile driving feeling than key competitors.

The new Elantra completes Hyundai’s 24/7 new product launch initiative when it goes on sale in fall 2006. Launched in January 2005, the 24/7 product plan includes the arrival of the all-new Tucson, Sonata, Accent, Azera, Santa Fe, Entourage and Elantra. From the flagship, full-size Azera to the entry-level Accent, each of these models has unsurpassed safety technologies and reflects the Hyundai brand’s refined and confident nature. 

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Its a bit jellybeanish but no worse than the civic or corolla and they seem to sell well enough. What bothers me is that the wheels look super tiny compared to the rest of the car- what are those 15s or so? It could def stand some 16,17, or even 18s on maybe some kind of sport model- and then it wouldnt look half bad IMHO.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good, but the sides remind me of an older Tiburon in other pics I've seen. Don't really fit the car. Hope they do a GT Hatch version - very happy w/ my 02 GT. If the price is right I'd buy again. Wish they made a 5 door...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like the older one better... it looks like a REAL SEDAN and not a jellybean, plus it has the cool smoked headlights (what happened to those, anyway? out of style?)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think it looks great they tires to make it look like the 2007 Hyundai Santafe like that tail lights.
      Go to www.hyundaiusa.com so u all can get more info about this car and other Hyundai models i read that it has 138 hp and i think 6000 torque (for got it) it has more hp than ford focus and little less hp than civic. Civic has 140 Elantra has 138 not big of a deal. This car is better looking than the civic. Civic has a messed up front look looks like a alien
      • 9 Years Ago
      Watch out Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, the news just keeps getting worse from the Koreans. Very competitive car, with a lovely, simple design, almost Italian. Honda, Toyota, and Nissan can move to making trucks and large front wheel drive cars since they won't be able to compete in the small car manufacturing against these aggressive Korean, and soon Chinese, companies. Wait, that's what happened to GM.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey, once China comes on over, Hyundai and mabye even Kia will look like one of the good ol' boys in America! There reputation is only going up and up (along with sales and profits), especially considering the fact that made in Korea/Japan just seems better than China, our American lifes may come from China, but I'm not ready for cars yet! :-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      That looks very much like my '05 Corolla, even down to the grille, head- and tail-lights.

      Color me unimpressed.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The darn thing is such a pastiche of designs from other manufacturers that I half-expected to see a pair of eagle's-head tail lights. I guess they're saving that "styling innovation" for the 2009 refresh.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like a Jetta with rounded features. Bland sums it up. Not much worse than a Corolla though ;-) I think Hyundai will find it difficult to get young buyers for this. But who knows, the Cobalt sells well enough.
      • 9 Years Ago
      did they have to make it so round? jeesh.

      and yea, it looks like a corolla
      • 9 Years Ago
      ^ Lol, I guess the Toyota owners/lovers are starting to feel the heat... Putting their "almighty" Corolla on such a high pedestool. Kinda funny when all of these cars are meant to be economical in every sense.

      BTW, Hyundai has been proven worthy of build quality, reliability and safety lately as the stats speak for themselves. Some even put them at or above Toyota. What is still questionable for many (myself included) are its milage ratings and resale value.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It looks nice!
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