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Next generation Hyundai Elantra parking – Click above to watch video after the jump

The next Hyundai Elantra was revealed a few months ago at South Korea's Busan Motor Show. It's been revealed again, this time outdoors, in a parking lot where it appears to be practicing parallel parking maneuvers. Hyundai's small four-door has grown in size, which helps it wear those stretched 'fluidic' design cues rather nicely. Once a portrait of anonymity, the Elantra's now as good-looking as its big brother, the Sonata.

When the restyled Hyundai Elantra arrives next year, we expect it to be motivated by a 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injection engine with 138 horsepower. And we have a feeling those new looks are going to make people take a good, long look at the Elantra in liew of say, a Civic or Corolla.

As for parking jobs like this? We have a feeling they'll be a lot easier than these drivers are making it look. If they had to find street parking in, say, New York, they'd run out of gas before they successfully stashed the car. Follow the jump to see the video, which does nothing to make parking seem any less mundane than it is. Hat tip to Avery



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      • 4 Years Ago
      good enough
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is great news for Hyundai and bad news for Honda and Toyota who have already discounted their C-segment cars quite a bit this past year (Toyota more so than Honda for obvious reasons). Overall it's great news for consumers. As the average price point for C-segment cars slowly creeps toward the $20K mark, increased competition from lower price brands will help to keep the others in check.

      Nissan, whose B-segment Versa continues to cannibalize Sentra sales could really learn a lesson from Hyundai. Ford's new Focus and the all-new Chevy Cruz will also make the compact segment highly competitive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boy, that's a good looking compact.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. The lines really work, and I might even take a look at this over the new Sonata - even though I'm 6'6". The only question is if I can fit in it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like it a lot better than the Sonata too. I like the sonata's overall design, but I could never get past the the "ripple" in the hood/grill. This guy looks muuuuch better to my eyes.

        I just bought a 3 year old 3 hatchback, so I won't be shopping anytime soon, but this segment should be very interesting for the next year or so with the Elantra, Cruze, Focus, and Civic all bringing completely new designs to the table.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this new Elantra, as nice loking as it obviously is, ALSO manages 40 mpg out of that new 1.6 GDI...WATCH OUT Chevy, Ford, Toyota & Honda!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two more things:

      1) BMW 5 series sold in Korea has the similar APS supplied by Continental, but lacks the reverse parking mode like Mando's. Also, VW's Tiguan and Golf(?) sold in Korea has the Conti's parallel APS feature.

      2) Yeah, the Avante/Elatra's design is sleek. However, as for Sonata, the more linear Kia K5 has been outselling the Sonata last month(10,700 units vs 9600 units). We believe the trend will continue, which is a great headache for Hyundai. See Hyundai's iFlow for possible change of direction in design, or a parallel design (the iFlow is said to be Europe's Sonata a la Honda's two versions of Accord).

      3) Yeah, it does seem that Hyundai group is the only Asian maker that cares about design. I hope that Japanese makers WAKE UP. They did great design back in mid-1980s to early 1990s, like RX7, 300ZX, Prelude, the 1st Gen Acura Legend etc. Where did these designers go????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kia version? Kia just got a new car in this segment for 2010. It's called the Forte. Don't look for it to be replaced before MY 2015. It will get the 6AT for 2011 and maybe the Nu 2.0L GDI for 2012, but Hyundai and Kia are on different cycles in this particular segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure they will be thinking about redesign for the Sonata at all just based on Korean K5(Optima) sales. They can't make enough Sonatas in the US to keep up with demand hardly. Maybe after the Optima comes this fall and if that takes off in the US they will probably tweak the design some. But to completely change directions on design when only half of their newly designed models are in showrooms would be pretty dumb.

        Totally agree on the Japanese designers, mainly Honda though.

        This new Elantra actually looks a little better than it's big brother IMO because it has less ripples up front and looks cleaner. I can't wait to see what the KIA version will look like. I really like the looks of the new Optima.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This to me is the best looking car in its class although I don't care about the grill treatment and smallish wheels (or does the design just seem to make it disproportionately small to me). I am surprised to find it better looking than the Sonata (didn't like the headlamps and chubbiness on that one). If the new 2.0 is going to be an option, then I'm definitely in the market. I hope it drives like a Mazda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks great, but I still like the look of the new Focus more. But if the Elantra can get better mileage and HP, and if the Elantra Touring gets a nice update, Ford better watch out.
      flyboyykev13
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car REALLY looks nice. Aside from the current Genesis Coupe & Sonata (Turbo), I'd actually consider this Hyundai. Hyundai is really stepping it up in terms of styling!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is going to sell like crazy. On the outside it looks already 10 to 20 k more expensive than it really is. Will get 6 speed auto and will be at least in par with the Toyota's and Honda's of today. I got to admit this current gen Elantra is last generation Civic, Corolla. Seats are flat, engine buzzes, and the buzz travels also to your leg. Little things like that do count alot in terms of driving a car

      I have test driven the new Tucson and Sonata and these little things have been taken cared of. Seats are alot more comfortable, engine refined and the gas peddle not transferring the buzzing to the legs. I'm sure there is still 5 to 10 percent technology gadgets, added seating padding or something missing from a Hondayota but these little things are not noticible to the avg driver.

      Getting back to the topic which is the 2011 Elantra it will be a winner and i personally can't wait for the touring version
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks great, and if it's offered in a 5 door, sign me up.

      is hyundai the only manufacturer actually "designing" cars these days?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai, Ford, Benz (as of late), VW (as of late). Design wise, these are your leaders right now.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep the exact same lines, but make it a two door with a hatch with that fastback look. Then give it the 2.4 liter from the Sonata. I'll take one please. And promise it won't get that lame torsion beam suspension Hyundai has been cheapening up their vehicles with...

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