• Dec 6, 2010
2011 Hyundai Elantra – Click above for high-res image gallery

Fear not, hatchback fans. According to Hyundai CEO John Krafcik, the next-generation Hyundai Elantra Touring will debut in late 2012 as a 2013 model. Krafcik tells Autoblog that while the Elantra sedan is styled specifically for the American market, the Elantra Touring is being penned with European customers in mind. The company sells a long-roof version of the Elantra in the old country under the i30 banner, but from what we understand, American buyers will get a taste of the next-generation vehicle in about two years.

"We launched the Elantra touring a couple of years after we launched the Elantra and we're going to have the same model cycle for Elantra Touring here," Krafcik said. "We're going to get the next-generation i30 here in the U.S. market in a couple of years."

But don't expect the vehicle to share too much DNA with the old long-roof Elantra. Krafcik tells AB that the new Touring will be significantly different from the model on sale right now: "It's a great design. The Elantra Touring design actually came out of our California studio. We're going to go with the shorter five-door hatchback bodystyle instead of the larger wagon style we have now."

That means that when it debuts, the 2013 Elantra Touring will be squaring off against the likes 2012 Ford Focus and Mazda3 in a big way. While no one at Hyundai was willing to say exactly how much fuel economy we can plan on seeing from the five-door Elantra, we'd be surprised to see the figures slip much below the 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway of the sedan.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      LAME. Give us a proper wagon! A 5-door vestigial hatch a'la current WRX is NOT nearly as functional as a wagon...and not even nearly as cool. Typical automakers...completely misreading the market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai already did that. The current Elantra Touring is labeled as a compact wagon and very few people bought it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thumbs up if your tired of hearing about Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thumbs up if you came to "autoblog" hoping to read about "auto" makers such as the constantly improving Hyundai.

        Just because the car company is Korean instead of German doesn't mean their product developments are less interesting.

        I'm impressed again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So we get stuck with old, low MPG engines in all the hatches/wagons until this shows up.

      This is likely to tank current sales of the current Elantra Touring, when people compare MPG of it, to the new Elantra.
      Koko Jayuz
      • 3 Years Ago
      what features are available on the Hyundai Elantra Touring? http://www.neocarmodels.com/2012-hyundai-santa-fe-releasedate-review-specs-photo-price
      Ryan Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a shame that they are killing the wagon. There are so few TRUE wagons available anymore. I'm not interested in a useless 5 door hatch that compromises and gives up that additional space. Why must we always choose between a cramped 5 door hatch or a stupid crossover that looks like a bloated tick? So sad to see the compact wagon continuing to go extinct. What's left other than the Jetta Sportwagen now? My next car was going to be a Hyundai until I read this. I'm not going to buy the current one with poor MPG and no direct injection and if all Hyundai is going to offer me is a 5 door hatch, then I'll look elsewhere. A Jetta Sportwagen looks 100x better and with the TDI it will get over 40 MPG highway. Too bad. A REAL wagon and the 1.6 GDI and you'd have had my business Hyundai. Instead of being original here, you're going to blend into the sea of sameness with the 150 other 5 door compact hatches on the market. FAIL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just give us the KIA Venga/Hyundai ix20 NOW? Two years is a long time!!

      Is the Forte5 the same as those?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the badge on the grill appear off-center?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another smart decision by Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm hoping that means green-light-is-go for the Sonata Wagon then.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it seems kind of dumb. I though the whole point of selling the i30 wagon here instead of the hatchback (this blog makes it sound like it's a new model, but both are currently sold in Europe) was not to step on Kia's sales of Spectra5/Forte5 (which is now for sale) and to a lesser extent, Soul. Now Kia has dumped the Rondo, Hyundai is dumping the Touring wagon, and Hyundai and Kia will sell 3 similarly-sized 5-doors and no station wagons. Both styles are currently small niches in the US, why can't each company serve one niche instead of both serving the same and ignoring the other?
        • 4 Years Ago
        front end is much improved from the Sonata and they would be wise to give the Sonata a refresh to tone down the current front end which is way over styled and busy (to me it is plain ugly) while this one shows restraint in just the right amount, still stylish but not overdone or busy.

        the side profile on the other hand can still use some adjustments, but for the price it is well done.

        the interior looks nice, and I have to check for plastic feel before I can give out my true impression of it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep it coming Hyundai! Maybe Toyota and Honda will get a clue and look at your current and upcoming portfolio to see what design and product customers are looking for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good news indeed. Thanks, Hyundai Motor America.

      Between Hyundai and Kia platform siblings, shouldn't Kia receive hatch variants (Cerato/Forte) first/exclusively?

      Offering North Americans both the Elantra-Forte and the one-off i40, which is also the Kia C'eed seems like a lot of logistics to spend on the target market for all of these models (ahem).

      Anyway, this is good news. The market for smart new hatches -- Focus, Fiesta, Aveo, Mazda3, Mazda2, Soul, Rio5... it's becoming an embarrassment of riches.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Kia Forte needs a little work; it's good but not yet great. Hopefully the Hyundai version brings it a little more upscale and with some sportier intentions (suspension and desperately needed sportier seating)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kia already has a 5 door forte. The dealership down the street from me has a couple. For some reason I can't see anything about it on the main kia website though. Check this:
        5 Door Forte
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like hatchbacks and always welcome more, but its sort of a shame we are losing another wagon; the current ET/i30 is a credible Jetta wagon competitor for significantly less money. The absence of Civic/Corolla size wagons will continue...
      • 4 Years Ago
      While you're at it, lump the 5 door crossovers in there too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This styling theme works much better here than on the Sonata. I kind of like it.
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