• Aug 2, 2010
Hyundai Avante – Click above for high-res image gallery or follow the jump to watch the video

The trickle becomes a stream as more materials on the Hyundai Avante sedan are released. We can now confirm that what is likely to become the 2011 Hyundai Elantra on our shores will have the presence to set itself apart in an ever-improving small-car crowd.

If the specs carry over as well, the next Elantra will be about three inches longer than the Ford Focus sedan and nearly as powerful, down by two horsepower and 15 pound-feet. On the other hand, it will get Fiesta-like gas mileage, returning 40 mpg with the manual and 39 mpg with the automatic. You can check out the pics and the specs in the high-res gallery below, and check out B-roll footage of the car after the jump. Top tip, Joseph and APJ!



[Source: Paul Tan]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's just a good looking little car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well, it's not so little too. it's bigger than the current gen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the fact that it looks like a baby Sonata and a Tucson (coherent design language emerging) and the fact that it really does look like an evolution of the current model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        good point. it seems like hyundai is paying top $ to their designers. Honda? not so much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Styling is now best in class in my opinion but it needs to handle exceptionally well and have a turbo to get me out of my Mazda3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new Focus gets basically the same gas mileage too... not definite yet, but didn't they say the Focus and Fiesta will both get 40 highway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best design in its class, no doubt.

      Could have been donde by Civic, Mazda or GM, but Hyundai DID IT.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but I just cannot get behind this fishy looking design language Hyundai has going on. Even worse the headlights on this thing have that nasty typical subcompact stretch to them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see lots of styling cues from it's bigger brother the Sonata (naturally), as well as the Honda Insight and the Ford Fiesta/Focus.

      Looks decent, but not as good as the Fiesta in my opinion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't bother looking at the sedan, while it's still a looker IMHO, but it can't hold a candle to the hatch version. If you look at Euro Hatch to USDM hatch, the differences are negligible in my opinion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be tempted to agree as long as we were talking about the Euro model, but I disagree with regard to the afterthought grills of either the sedan or hatch on the US model.

        Ford really let me down there. I don't want to hear arguments of pedestrian safety. There's no reason they couldn't have integrated the grill like on the Euro model. Leave the tacky, stuck on grills to the Pontiac G5. It went from looking like a well-sculpted, handsomely-designed, small car to looking like a badge job, even though it isn't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every Peugeot of the last 5 years also has that headlight thing going on. It's hardly unique to Ford, or anyone else. It's just the current styling trend.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking very aerodynamic thus far. I think that's how they're squeezing ~40mpg hwy out of it. It seems to have some of the design cues of the Nissan Leaf and Prius.. i think they took some good ideas and implemented them into a non-hybrid.

      A little awkward, but not a bad looker by any means.
      I like that this comes with the high MPG engine standard, rather than the Cruze offering the 1.4 turbo model for.. choke.. $19k.

      My money's still on the Focus for the winner of this segment though. Seems that it would be the most powerful and fun to drive. But the Elantra will probably be the best value.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes indeed. We'll see how to goes. So far, this motor sounds like it's a shrunken version of the DI motor used in the 2011 Sonata. If so, i think it will be as impressive as the Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's tough to tell the engine situation from this since it lists engines in the old and new car that we don't get here.

        On top of this, if you extrapolate the figures here, fuel economy highway would only go up to 38mpg if we got the same changes.

        So clearly there's more to the story that we won't know for a little bit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pfff... Kelly Bundy has introduced it back in the 80s

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGZ42g0kR28
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks really great... keep it coming Hyundai!! Nice job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually like it's "mini Sonata" styling better than the Fiesta. And the warranty is certainly better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After read 76 comments the more amazing feature of this car is that it was
      designed by Hyundai.
      If this car were the new Civic , theres actually be threw up all over the country,
      but no its a Hyundai and it even start an run.
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