• Jan 25, 2010
2011 Hyundai Elantra spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai is busy turning over its product lineup with significant redesigns already done or slated for some of its most important models. The 2011 Sonata has already had its coming out party, and the 2011 Elantra will follow shortly with a design seemingly inspired by its big bro based on these spy shots. The most telling design cues are the steeply raked front windshield that meets the hood way out in the middle of the front wheels (cab forward, anyone?) and the sloping roofline that together create a coupe-ish profile. And though the front and sides are obscured by camouflage, we're betting what's underneath is just as curvacious as the Sonata's sheetmetal.

As for what will power the next-gen Elantra, Hyundai has a slate of capable four-cylinder engines ranging in size from 2.0 to 2.4 liters of displacement. There's even a 200-horsepower, direct-inject version of the 2.4-liter engine that will power the Sonata, but unless it's detuned for duty in the Elantra, we can't see that mill being used in this pint-sized application. Fortunately, we already know what the interior will look like thanks to earlier spy shots.

Check out the gallery below for a complete set of 2011 Hyundai Elantra spy shots.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the general shape, but I'll hold comment until the cover comes off. I hope they don't put too many swoops or curves into the body sides. I'm frankly getting really tired of all the "character lines" being designed into most automakers' cars. It's as if Origami was now the design language to look upscale.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lose the trunk; add a hatch, and make the interior as delux and feature-laden as the new Sonata, and I'm sold. Oh, also make the shifter as good as the Proce'ed's.

      Strike that!

      Just bring the Kia Venga here, and I'll take that!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks freaking awesome! I know it's covered, but if it looks like this and similar to the Kia Forte, this is going to be my next car!

      Hope it has at least 170 hp... or at least the option for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My 2002 Tiburon GT, bought against advice of many, is now seven years old, 70 k miles. It has been THE most trouble free auto I have EVER owned. It is also my favorite, the price in 03 was list $20, got it for $19, fully loaded. It is quick, not fast, and attractive. The other day an old lady complimented me on my "beautiful car" and asked what it was!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My big question ... what's the mileage? The '11 Sonata is going to be 35mpg hwy already ... if this will do 38 or higher, then the hybrids can kiss a decent chunk of their market goodbye, as it'll be hard to justify $10k+ extra for just a few more miles.

      If it's not going to be at least 38 ... then it better go on a diet, because if a full-sized Sonata is going to do 35, then your smaller vehicle better do better!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully it won't turn out ugly, bulky and overdone like the new Sonata, but by the look of it so far it looked overdone and bulky.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Overdone and bulky?

        Have you been in a new Sonata lately?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ohhhhhhhh typo! forgive me........2003 Tiburon, the new body, not that awful looking old one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Cruze better watch out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Cruze fails compared to every other car. To compare this to the Cruze is insulting to Hyundai, because Hyundai >>> Daewoo every time, and guess who really makes your beloved Cruze? ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      When will this car come out for sale?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will there be an Elantra Touring replacement. The current Touring is basically a Hyundai i30 cw. Would this one be based completely off the new Elantra?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know the song? ... this is the END...?


        of Ford Focus???


        Yep!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty promising, except those wheels that look way~ too small (even if it might be 17", the design makes it look small~) and too blocky for what will be a smooth, sculpted body of the car. I smell photoshop time... :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh... you are absolutely right! they are Soul+ wheels.. nice. i got punked by the new Elantra!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those are the 16" wheels from the Kia Soul+.

        I welcome a redesign, but the new Elantra came out in '07. This seems like an awfully short product cycle. But the sooner they get that 4-speed auto out of the Elantra, the better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had the same thought as you -- this new Elantra (and the current version) has really tiny looking wheels.

        Just checked their website and the current one has 15" wheels... no wonder they look so small.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a flatter 2nd gen Prius.
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