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!