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2011 Hyundai Elantra / Avante – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai has been very busy lately as it progresses through round two of its 24/7 product renewal program. Just days after unveiling the new Accent/Verna in Beijing, Hyundai has revealed its next generation Elantra/Avante at the Busan Motor Show in South Korea. Like the smaller Accent, the Elantra has picked up the "fluidic sculpture" styling cues of its big brother the Sonata. By virtue of its larger size, the Elantra retains more of the sleeker profile of the Sonata and doesn't look as stubby as the Accent.

Like the Sonata, the new Elantra gets a direct injected inline-four, in this case a 1.6-liter based on the Gamma engine family. For the Elantra the GDI 1.6 generates 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. In combination with a new six-speed automatic transmission, the Elantra should get about 10 percent better fuel economy.

The Avante will go on sale in South Korea in the second half of this year and we'd expect to see it state-side with Elantra badges early in 2011. No word yet on whether we will get a hybrid version of the new Elantra. High-res images below, official press release and video available after the jump. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

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- World-premier of new Avante compact, Hyundai's global best-seller

- Featuring 1.6L Gamma GDI engine, 6-speed automatic

Hyundai Motor Co. had its world-premier of the all-new Avante compact sedan, the company's best-selling model worldwide, at the Busan International Motor Show 2010 today.

"The new Avante encompasses Hyundai's latest ambitions, featuring the best styling and performance in its class," Steve S. Yang, President & CEO of Hyundai's Global Business Division, said at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) today. "We're confident that it will once again redefine the compact segment worldwide."

With sportier and even more elegant lines than its predecessor, the new Avante ? badged as Elantra in markets outside Korea - continues Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' design philosophy.

Hyundai has applied its latest 1.6L Gamma Gasoline Direct Injection engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front-wheel drive compact, the first time GDI and six-speed automatic have been featured on a compact sedan in Korea. The new Avante delivers a peak output of 140ps and maximum torque of 17.0kg·m. It is also about 10 percent more fuel efficient than its closest competitors, thanks to GDI, the six speed automatic and other fuel economy enhancements.

The new Avante will delight and surprise with a raft of other advanced features not found on other compacts, including HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps, LED combination lamps in the rear, heated rear seats, puddle lamps and a color TFT LCD information display nestled in the gauge cluster.

Under the Avante/Elantra badge, Hyundai has sold over 6 million units worldwide since the car's launch in 1990. Hyundai will begin sales of the all-new Avante in the second half of 2010 in Korea.

At a separate commercial vehicle booth, Hyundai displayed a hydrogen fuel-cell electric bus and a Universe Limousine luxury coach, among other displays.

Hyundai's New 1.6L Gamma GDI Engine

Hyundai displayed its all-new 1.6L Gamma GDI engine in Busan today, which it first showed in Beijing auto show last week. It is the smallest member of the Hyundai gasoline engine family to benefit from the application of Gasoline Direct Injection technology. With the help of GDI, this four-cylinder powermill develops 140ps, an approximately 13 percent improvement over a conventional 1.6L Gamma fed by MPI. GDI technology doesnt only boost power output: It also improves fuel economy while lowering emissions. The new Gamma also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, a Variable Induction System and exotic anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating.

For more information, please go to www.thenewsmarket.com/hyundaimotor, where you can find images & videos of the all-new Avante and other Hyundai products launched at motor shows

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      • 5 Years Ago
      dam hyundai...........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks stunning. A modern car that actually looks like it's from the twenty first century. I think it makes the Civic (and even the Forte) look old and tired. Look out Hondoyta!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather buy this than the Focus
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cute car. This should compete very well with the likes of the new Focus, Fiesta, and Cruze. Note I didn't even mention the likes of the Honda and Toyota as their contenders are getting quite dated.

      Another factor in the success of this new Elantra is the platform. If they degraded it to the same platform as the Forte, with that stupid torsion beam suspension, then this car will only perhaps equal some of that competition, but will not be able to surpass it. Also, I am certainly hoping they add a bit more horsepower to any US model. More importantly, they need a two door coupe, or three door hatch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      . . . I like the name 'Avante' better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great job,Hyundai.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Def looking at a limited model or if they stick with the current 2 trim levels then this would be a SE were seeing. Chrome door handles, turn signal indicators, and notice the backup sensors. Fog lights already standard on both MY2010 trim levels. I would bet leather will not be available and sunroofs will only be with a premium package that would include navigation for like $2,300 more.

      At least thats the current offering...

      I think a nice touch would be the offering of a proximity key.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok hyundai now go a little crazy and put the genesis 2.0 turbo in this :)..also I stay use the avante name plate here for this new car..elantra just won't do it now for this great hot looking little runabout
      • 5 Years Ago
      Certainly beats the pants off a Corolla or Civic. Hyundai/Kia has got a crack design team working for them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What no interior shots?!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No interior shot = targets are still floating on what they want.

        In any case, the exterior looks a bit Euro Focus-ish...and in a good way
        • 5 Years Ago
        No interior shots..thank God.

        Spare us the close up of Hyundai's latest exercise in overwrought cheap chromed plastic.

        You could skip the exterior shots of the latest iteration of the "squashed Solara" theme as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That looks, so, good. Oh my gosh. Never mind want to knowing about Chief Designer Peter Schreyer of Kia, I want to know who is the Chief Designer of Hyundai.

        Also: In the pictures proportionate to people standing right next to it, that car looks and probably feels like a mid-size car, not a compact. Shame on the engine though, I mean. 138HP 1.6 GDI is okay, but Kia's counter part Forte makes 156 HP - 173 HP. Perhaps Hyundai will bring a 2.0 GDI when it comes to the United States?
        • 5 Years Ago

        Let's hope it doesn't have one standard.
        • 5 Years Ago

        do you know the curb weight of this new car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        123lb-ft barely move the car!
        • 5 Years Ago
        10% better fuel economy than Cruze? what's the Cruze's EPA rating again?

        • 5 Years Ago
        More Anteater styling!
        • 5 Years Ago
        dayum!!!! looks even better than sonata!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't wait to see the interior shots, but more importantly I can't wait for your criticism of its nav screen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We also know that the Cruze will prove to be a cheap, disappointing piece of garbage; whereas, we know this Elantra will be a gem.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I asked about interior shots, not engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cannot wait to see this in person!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I need to buy stock in Hyundai
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