The new Hyundai Elantra Coupe is finally unveiled at 2012 Chicago Autoshow, setting its sights on Honda Civic Coupe and Kia Forte Koup.
Basically a two-door version of the sedan, the Elantra Coupe is designed to attract younger buyers who want an affordable sportish sort of car. Kia did that with the Koup, which was hugely successful.
It has an alright design for what it is, but it’s not as youth-oriented as Hyundai says. They’ve been too worried about interior space and economy and stuff. That’s grown up stuff! Youths would gladly trade those for a more sleek design.
The Elantra Coupe is powered by the same 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower (estimated) and 131 lb-ft of torque (estimated) found in the Elantra sedan and GT hatchback.
The car’s fuel economy is estimated at 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway for the six-speed manual transmission, and 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway for the six-speed automatic transmission. These ratings give Elantra Coupe a highway-only driving range of up to 500 miles.
The interior has a particularly nice design and is sort of like the Genesis Coupe. It’s got all the premium features, such as proximity key with push-button start, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power sunroof, and dual automatic temperature control with Clean Air Ionizer and auto-defogger, and you also get a Navigation with high-resolution 7.0-inch screen and voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone (optional).
Hyundai wants reminds you that they offer XM Satellite Radio interface integrated into the navigation, which comes with a rear-view camera, and that cannot be found on the Honda Civic Coupe or Kia Koup.
The coupe is also pretty much loaded with safety features. It gets six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS), and…