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2011 Hyundai Avante (Elantra) interior – Click above for high-res image

Even though we have yet to see official images of the U.S.-spec 2011 Hyundai Elantra, we have a pretty good idea of what will be heading our way in the coming months. Hyundai debuted the new Avante sedan (the Elantra's Korean market equivalent) at the Busan Motor Show this past April, and now the first interior snapshot of the Avante has been leaked out.

If you've been in the new 2011 Sonata, you know that the family sedan's cabin is a giant leap forward in the right direction. The center stack is awash with curves and angles that pay homage to the automaker's new "fluidic sculpture" exterior design. And styling aside, we're willing to bet that Hyundai hasn't skimped out on high-quality materials for the less-expensive Elantra's innards, either.

This more attractive, better-tailored interior will do well when matched with the swoopier lines of the new Elantra's exterior. That – combined with Hyundai's new 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder – will mean that other new cars in the budget sedan segment (this means you, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze) will need to watch their backs. If the new Elantra is being positioned as a baby Sonata, the competition should indeed be stiff. Top tip, Monkaroo!

[Source: Hyundai Blog]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      pretty cool looking interior.

      ...and probably costs the same to build as a bland interior.

      that said, it would mean the materials are cheap, as expected.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This upcoming Elantra looks really nice. Much better than the current generation. You can see Hyundai's new design language all over. However I see more resemblance to the Tucson than to the Elantra in styling cues all around this car. Especially the interior.

      As comparing to the Cruze, it is more stylish but it is a bit much. Arguably the Cruze looks dated but it still looks very good in pictures and in person. Since I am shopping for a car still, I will add this to my shopping list but I still would take the Cruze over this on looks alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      absolutely fantastic! this is a ground breaking for a compact car! compare this to focus. focus looks busy as hell. i know some of you will hate the shape, but these kinda shape are exaggerated in pics. in person, it doesn't look bad at all. kinda like RX, which looks ridiculous in pictures, but looks much better in person(minus the quality of material)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Everything looks in it's place. Except the Hyundai badge. Speaks volumes as to how far they've come in the last 5 years alone. I'm really impressed. Take note Japanese....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks at home in a Mazda. That said, the center stack plastics look hard and hollow. Controls looks a bit sparse. I miss good old knobs. Not just round ones, but ones with a flat section to grab so you can tell it's position without looking. See 2000 Ford Focus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice job Hyundai.
      Making what people really want.
      Thats how you win big with your customers.
      Keep it up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One more time, AB: Hyundai has already announced that the US Elantra will have the new Chinese-made Nu 2.0L I4. No Gamma 1.6L, unless it's in a stripper Blue model. Talk is of around 170HP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, afraid so. Made in new plant that Hyundai-Wia (no, that's not a typo) is just finishing up there.

        On the plus side, Hyundai has just announced tomorrow (it is the 21st in SK) that the engine will be imported to the US for installation in Elantras built in Montgomery after the Santa Fe hits I-85 NB and moves to West Point, GA. Why when they can't build enough Sonatas as is I don't know, but maybe they'll add shifts.

        • 4 Years Ago
        My bad. That's actually from March 11. Stupid tiny dateline at the bottom of the article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chinese motor? :|
      • 4 Years Ago
      omg. I went to a focus group earlier this year about automotive interiors and yep, now I know the manufacturer that held it.

      It's a mix of interior 3 and 4 (for those who were there).

      I like it. kinda swoopy. kinda techy. kinda like a robot's vagina.

      nothing wrong with liking robots or vaginas, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow. toyota and honda take note.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, if anything I thank God for hyundai every day because honda and toyota might just begin to innovate again. well.. toyota's been innovating, honda's been doing nothing really.. but both will need to finally be dragged kicking and screaming to the big boy table where customers aren't forced to deal with down market interiors that reek of the 90s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Though, IMHO, it - like all cars - could use more glass. I guess I would like the dash of my next car to feel like the flight deck of the 787 or A380"

        Amen to that. I've been screaming this for years! Car manufactures advertise that safety is #1 yet they make most windows so small or stuff airbags in the pillars that create blind spots which just beg to be in an accident.

        They make the trunk space so large and the rear window so small that if any child is in the back of the car, you can't see them and could run them over.

        I hope this trend changes soon or I'll be buying some used cars.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Why is it when hyundai does something well, honda or toyota has to take note? What about ford or GM? just curious
        • 4 Years Ago

        Just FYI, the different center stack in your linked Avante pic isn't unique to the KDM--it comes on Elantras with the automatic climate control option, including US-market ones.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And GM, Ford, Chrysler and every other mainstream automaker out there right? Haha...

        Impressive Hyundai. That's the first time I've said that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mhm, they can remain complacent no longer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure, it looks nice, but it'll still be made out of the same crappy plastics they're using right now.

        Oh wait, you chaps across the pond are used to those, aren't you? ;)
        • 4 Years Ago

        Because Ford has nothing to worry about. The Focus probably won't lose much sleep. GM on the other hand....well....um....yeah.

        The comments about Honda and Toyota are "meh" at best. On second thought, I'll give you Toyota, but not really Honda (referring specifically to the Civic in this case, not Honda as a whole). The Civic has been out for years. This is what we call "evolution". Everybody else is SUPPOSED to get better. But in all honesty, comparing a vehicle several years old to one that's not out yet and implying the one that's not out yet is lightyears ahead of the one that's has been out is completely stupid. We get it. It's not necessary to point out the obvious.

        The Corolla can take a dirt nap for all I give a damn, though. And I'm not quite sure what GM was thinking regarding the Cruze. I read Chevy brought Civics and Corollas to test the Cruze against and all I could think was..."am I supposed to be impressed?" These companies need to stop benchmarking the current generations of whatever class they're competing and start benchmarking the NEXT generations of vehicles. Be ahead of the game, or be GM. The Cruze doesn't appear to be a BAD vehicle. But stylistically, it has little on this next Elantra or the next Focus.

        Btw, this interior is pretty nice. A bit overstyled, like the exterior (some of the lines don't make very much sense), but it's certainly not boring and will probably age well.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Uhm, there are no US market Elantras with ATC. Canadian, yes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Makes me think of a hooker. On her back . . . .
        • 4 Years Ago
        The KDM Elantra (or Avante - its name there) has traditionally been nicer than the US spec Elantra.

        Here's a picture of the KDM Elantra:
        And the US Spec Elantra:

        Who knows if this is the US spec interior, but either way, it's quite nice. C'mon Toyota. Reclaim your penchant for unusually nice interiors.

        Though, IMHO, it - like all cars - could use more glass. I guess I would like the dash of my next car to feel like the flight deck of the 787 or A380.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autobots, roll out!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Curious how many people praising this new car have driven a current Elantra. I had the distinct (dis)pleasure of driving a 2009 Elantra for a few hundred miles on a family trip this weekend. The car was an automatic with 7,000 on the ticker.

      The car is horrible on the road. The interior of the car is distracting at night due to all of the instruments being lit with a slightly different color at a different intensity. All of the interior materials look cheap and there are exposed screws in tacky places or ugly screw covers in places you would not expect them. Steering feel was terrible and there was a dead spot about 20 degrees wide when going around highway ramps. The car felt like it was *always* in the wrong gear when accelerating. All of the interior switches feel like they are going to break and made for people with sausages for fingers. And speaking of fingers, keep those off every interior surface or you will immediately be reminded how trashy everything feels.

      Sometimes I think that Hyundai blew a bunch of hooka smoke through everyone's TV when the new Sonata was announced and people are still high on it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you are confused on what you drove! You probably drove aging Chevy Cobalt or Dodge Caliber!

        My friend actually owns the current gen Elantra. He had Toyota Corolla before, and he loves his Elantra and will be stoked to see the new one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautifully curved door handle!
      And now their curved H logo can match gorgeously with the car. lol

      I dig the new styling direction.
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