Hyundai Introduces Elantra Coupe and GT Hatchback at Chicago Auto Show
Coupe and GT hatchback models of the popular Hyundai Elantra debuted at the Chicago Auto Show this week, and will be available this year as 2013 models. The Elantra coupe hits showrooms this spring, while the GT hatchback won’t be available until the summer.
Both the 2013 coupe and GT hatchback share many similarities with the Hyundai Elantra sedan. All have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower. Both the Elantra coupe and GT hatchback can be equipped with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. Like the Elantra sedan, the newest Elantra models should also have high fuel economy ratings. The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy figures yet, but Hyundai predicts that the Elantra coupe will get up to 40 mpg on the highway, while the GT hatchback will get up to 39 mpg on the highway.
In a press release, Hyundai says that a USB and auxiliary port are standard on the Elantra coupe. The GT hatchback also comes standard with a USB and auxiliary port, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and heated front seats. A navigation system, leather seats and XM satellite data services that give weather and stock reports are available on both models.
These standard features automatically set the coupe and GT hatchback apart from competitors like the Honda Civic and Ford Focus hatchback, and their cargo capacities do too. Hyundai says the Elantra coupe will have a 14.8 cubic-foot trunk, which is a lot of space for a compact coupe. The GT hatchback has more overall space than the Ford Focus hatchback. The GT hatchback will have 23 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and 51 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Currently, the Hyundai Elantra is the only affordable small car that is available in three body styles. Most competitors are available as either a sedan and hatchback or a sedan and coupe. Motor Trend says Hyundai is taking a risk by introducing a coupe model because generally, those models don’t sell well. “If this two-door gamble pays off -- given that the selection of compact coupes currently on the market consists of Honda's much-derided-though-not-that-bad Civic and Korean-sister-come-archrival Kia's Forte Koup, it doesn't seem that risky -- the Elantra, with additional help from the also-new GT hatchback variant, could take the sales crown in the compact segment.”
Hyundai hasn’t released pricing information for the 2013 Elantra coupe or GT hatchback, but the 2012 Elantra sedan starts at $15,345.
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