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Hyundai Elantra Coupe

Wed, 08 Feb 2012

Hyundai is set to expand its Elantra range with the introduction of two new models, the GT hatchback – based on the European i30 – and the all-new Coupe, shown here.

The Coupe continues Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language, this time applied to the Elantra's long and low proportions. At 4,539mm in length, 1,775mm wide, 1,435mm high and with a wheelbase of 2,700mm, the Coupe is 9mm longer and 216mm lower than the Elantra sedan. Its Cd is 0.28.

Its front mask is similar to the sedan with a large, hexagonal grille opening intersected by a body-color bar and drawn-back lamps that are pulled deep into the fenders. Its more angular foglamp inserts add extra aggression. In profile, more raked A- and C-pillars create a softer transition across its three-box silhouette. The rising character line adds an impression of a nose down, wedge stance. We'll be interesting to see how the heavy surfacing works in real life as the rear wheel in particualr looks a little overwhelmed in these initial images.

Its interior architecture is carried over from the sedan.