The Los Angeles Auto Show has been a mainstay in the automotive industry for over a century and is always a hotbed of vehicle debuts, award ceremonies, and history in the making. While this annual event is not until November, we already have a sneak peek of one of the exciting debuts for this year’s LA Auto Show: The Hyundai Elantra Coupe.
Building on the popularity of the Hyundai Elantra sedan, the forthcoming 2-door coupe version offers the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine generating 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque, but in a stylish new compact package. Its fuel economy measures up to Hyundai’s typically high standards, at 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, and the coupe will also come in automatic or manual transmission and GLS or Limited trim levels.
The coupe represents a solid step for Hyundai in competing with its rivals. Hyundai’s new coupe will go head-to-head with the Honda Civic Coupe, the only other 2-door compact coupe on the market (aside from Hyundai’s cousin, the Kia Forte Koupe). With the Hyundai Elantra Coupe not only slated to undercut the Civic price-wise but also be more powerful and just as economical, Hyundai takes yet another step forward in its firm-rooted position in the auto market.
And as if that weren’t enough, Hyundai is also expected to create the Elantra R-Spec for 2012, which would include a 208 horsepower turbocharged 1.6 four-cylinder gasoline direct injection engine, the same one offered in its forthcoming Veloster. Having this kind of sport performance on a budget car will further solidify the Elantra line as a force to be reckoned with, and goes to show why Hyundai is the fastest-growing carmaker in the world.