• Nov 15, 2010
2011 Hyundai Elantra – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 Elantra may have been one of Hyundai's worst-kept secrets. Aside from releasing a self-taken spy shot, the Korean automaker already debuted the Elantra in the form of the Avante, the version destined for Hyundai's home market. Last week, we told you about the new sedan's ability to achieve 40 miles per gallon on the highway, and finally, we now have the official images and details about the Elantra bound for the U.S. And we must say, it's quite a looker.

Hyundai has made quite an impression with its "fluidic sculpture" design language, most recently with the updated Tucson crossover and Sonata sedan. The new Elantra's design is tied to the rest of the family with its strong side character lines, wraparound taillamps and hexagonal grille. We can't wait to see what it looks like in deep red or black.

As previously reported, the 2011 Elantra will be powered by an all-new 1.8-liter inline-four that produces 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. Curiously, Hyundai has not seen fit to utilize its new 1.8-liter mill with direct injection, but the automaker's North American CEO, John Krafcik, tells us not to rule out the addition of GDI direct injection on future versions of the Elantra. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Elantra will return a ultra-respectable 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Hyundai says that 40 mpg is attainable on the full range of Elantra trims, unlike the Chevrolet Cruze and upcoming Ford Focus which need to be optioned a certain way to achieve such a lofty fuel economy figure.

Official trim levels and pricing specifications will be released closer to the sedan's official debut at the LA Auto Show later this week, and we can expect the Elantra to arrive at dealerships before the end of the year. In the meantime, scroll through our high-res gallery below to see the new Elantra from all angles.

[Source: Hyundai]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      what a great looking car.
      and that dash is awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The lack of direct injection is a bit of a letdown, but it does look really really nice. Between this and the Focus, I'd probably go with the Focus as it offers both direct injection and a dual clutch auto.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As for the Elantra being "a looker", since when does "looker" equate to good? This thing along with the Sonata proves that Hyundai is trying too hard, and it shows. Overstyled, overwrought, excessive character lines and creases - it's just plain hard to look at (like the Sonata). Hyundais are now overstyled in addition to being overpriced. Sorry Hyundai, but I'm still not taking the bait.

        • 4 Years Ago
        It is weird that the "voices of reason" both have plenty of downrated comments. Maybe you aren't reasonable, maybe you two are idiots stuck in the 90's.

        Hyundais are earning more accolades and praise than pretty much every other manufacturer out there. Give credit where credit is due. Sales are proving that Hyundai/Kia are a force to be reconed with.

        Enjoy your red bars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From what i've read the 2.0 DI engine produces 165 horsepower and 146 lb.ft of torque in the Tucson which will get that as a base engine option in 2011.

      I wonder why they didn't offer info of a performance version with the introduction of the new elantra. Maybe a 1.6 liter turbo or the 2.0 DI?

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that's much better then the Sonata (Which I can't stand). The front end looks aggressive and well thought out with actual character lines going down the side, which is nice in such a cheap car. None of that ugly face of the Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. This is much better looking than that fishy Sonata. With the Focus (well, when it arrives) and Mazda3, the two best looking cars in this class. I'd still take a Mazda3 though, just for driving dynamics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well Hyundai has out Honda-ed Honda... Good for them this think looks like what the next Civic should be looking like... the front grill looks like what the cross tour should look like.
      the interior might encourage Ford to put MyTouch in the Fiesta. Excellent job all around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The new Focus is the direct competitor to the Elantra, not the Fiesta. It will have mytouch. The Accent should be compared to the Fit and Fiesta.

        This looks good, the new Focus looks good. Both winners. Just hope the quest for 40mpg across the versions doesn't make the drive to anemic. I would rather have a somewhat sporty drive and get 37-38 mpg than a really blah drive and get 40.

        Oh, and posters that feel the need to add such constructive comments like "I hope this car or that brand or whatever drives off a cliff and dies" or something similar, well, I hope they are driving said vehicle when it does.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Elantra,Forte and upcoming Focus seem to be the stars of the C segment. Bye bye Corolla and Civic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice bold design for a normally bland segment.

      hyundai is cranking out some great looking cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Originally, I thought it was going to look pretty good, but now seeing it in its entirety, it looks like a sedan version of the Insight, and not in a good way. Like with the Sonata, they got most of the design right, but the front end lets it down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks awful... let it drive off a cliff and die.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously dude you need to learn to stop trolling. Nobody cares for what you have to say if you are going to be childish about your comments.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, these new overwrought hideous designs by Hyundai signal a return to their roots. Overdone, crazy bends, folds, features that do not work well together, and after one year, they look old and outdated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If looks combined with fuel economy was everything, then this would sell more than anything else. Unfortunately, despite what Hyundai obviously thinks, its not.

      Its hard to comprehend their sole engine choice at launch, as they have better resources readily available to them that could have buried the competition. Once the newness wears off, they lose the edge if they then introduce a more exciting choice.

      Anyway, we still don't know the weight, so its still too early to assess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I both this and new Focus.

      There is room for all the cool new 40MPG cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more, We have this, the Cruze, the Fiesta. Soon to come, Accent, possibly Yaris, and a few others should step up. I really enjoy whats going on here because it is forcing all automakers to up the ante. Naturally that means we all win.
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