• Feb 8, 2011
2011 Hyundai Elantra – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai is on a big-time roll right now, as evidenced by hot-selling new product like the Sonata and Elantra. The Korean automaker could likely take a quick product development catnap and wake up with a still-fresh lineup, but apparently that isn't in the plans.

Automotive News reports that Hyundai informed dealers who attended the automaker's make meeting that there will be two new italic H-badged vehicles by January 2012. The first and perhaps most interesting new Hyundai will take the size and shape of an Elantra Coupe. And we won't have to wait very long to get our hands on the Elantra two-door, either, as sales will reportedly commence by spring.

As expected, the Azera will also be fitted for new duds by next January with all-new sheetmetal and a revised 3.3-liter V6 capable of at least 260 horsepower. Hyundai expects the redesign of the Azera to result in much higher sales, from only 3,051 in 2010 to up to 20,000 for 2012.



Photos copyright ©2011 Zach Bowman / AOL

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Mazda3 in the front (and i see that the guy who thought the same has a very low vote. wonder how those ppl ignored the fact that it DOES look like a Mazda3). the back looks like some other car. samsung/hyundai continue doing what they do best - copying and trying to make them work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I second the opinion that Hyundai could move more cars by having a new luxury brand. Sure it costs more but if you amortize the costs over a 10 year period and compare to the extra high-margin cars that you can sell, you can probably recoup the costs.

      You already have a nice selection of cars to put in the new brand:

      Azera
      Genesis Sedan and Coupe (possible convertible)
      Equus
      VeraCruz based luxury model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take a 2dr Elantra hatchback with a turbo please.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Equus is the lux entry, Genesis is full size, Sonata is misdize and Elantra is compact. Where does the Azera fit in?
        Carlos
        • 3 Years Ago
        It will compete against Lexus' ES line. Genesis competes against GS and Equis against LS. Hopefully soon they'll have something to compete against the IS :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Seems like a lot of sedans. I wonder how an automaker decides if an additional model will bring significant new sales to the brand or just take sales from the brand's other models.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Hyundai is taking aim at the Civic line with a coupe intro. My friend just got a 2011 Elantra GLS 6AT and she loves it so far.

      Hyundai is definitely on a roll. The Azera definitely needs to be redesigned. So old school Hyundai.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id love to see an Elantra coupe. Havent seen the redesigned Azera yet. I thought that was supposed to get the corporate axe? Guess I heard wrong. Anyways, I dont see why its needed anymore in Hyundai's lineup.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new Azera is absolutely beautiful, I'm just sad they didn't make it RWD like it's big brother.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am happy to hear about the Azera being updated. It is a nice looking car that puts the Lexus ES to shame.
      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/22/video-hyundai-grandeur-azera-gets-kdm-4d-promo/

      Hopefully the Kia K7/Optima will come over too!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6CVaKNG57g
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it interesting that H/K is offering so many 2-dr models, when most offer only 1 (or none).
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd much rather Hyundai focus their efforts on a Mazdaspeed3 competitor with the Elantra Touring. I guess they are just trying to wipe Honda off of the map now.

      274HP 2.0T
      LSD with a TRUE six speed manual
      18" wheels with performance tires
      Supsension tuned with sporting intentions
      REAL seats

      That would get my juices flowing....
        loosewheel26
        • 3 Years Ago
        274hp in a front drive car? There's a word for that, undrivable. Why would they make it faster than the Genesis anyway?

        I don't understand why people welcome the trend for larger wheels. Has anyone actually priced tires for 17's vs 18's?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it would make much more sense if Hyundai did this:

        Take the 220 HP Genesis motors and stuff them into the Elantra as an Elantra Sport.

        Then start taking the 274hp Sonata ones and putting them into the Genesis coupes.

        I would love to see a true MS3 fighter - but truth is.. it doesnt really need that much hp to compete. If it had 220 hp and was under 2,900 lbs it's going to haul a**. Would handle the GTI's of the world (while being 200lbs lighter) would also beat a Si, SE-R, etc.

        This engine COULD conceivably get 35mpg as well (it gets 33 in the larger Sonata).

        • 3 Years Ago
        @looswheel - I agree with your comment on larger wheels/tires - the replacement cost for these tires is OUTRAGEOUS. Some people can't look past their nose when it comes to finances.

        They are also way more delicate when it comes to potholes ans the such...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Elantra coupe is a no-brainer. The Elantra already looks like a coupe, it's already a huge seller, and there's plenty of space between the Veloster and Gencoupe. The new Azera will have a little trouble standing out in a lineup of standout sedans: Sonata, Azera, Genesis, Equus. They hardly advertised the previous model. It's a beautiful car though, from what I've seen so far.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are expanding their lineup fast.
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