Hyundai unveils the coupe and GT hatchback model of its Elantra sedan in the Chicago Motor Show. The vehicles will be made available as 2013 vehicles by the middle of this year. While the coupe is slated to be made available in the market as by spring, the GT hatchback will only be available by summer.
Both these vehicles share a great deal of similarity with the Elantra sedan. For starters, both the vehicles will be powered by a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine with a peak output of 148 HP just as the Elantra sedan. The engine will give excellent fuel economy to both the cars. Hyundai has estimated that the Elantra coupe will have a fuel-efficiency rate of 40mpg on highway and the GT hatchback will give 39mpg on highway. The cars will have either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
While an USB and auxiliary ports will be standard features on the coupe, an USB and auxiliary port as well as heated front seats and Bluetooth connectivity will be standard features on the GT hatchback. Both the vehicles will have a fully-functional navigation system, XM satellite data services and fully leather deats. The XM satellite data services will provide weather reports and news of the stock market to the driver and passengers.
The Hyundai Elantra sedan and the GT hatchback will compete against the likes of Honda Civic and Ford Focus. But the features that the Elantra coupe and the GT hatchback has been loaded with seems to give them an edge over their competitors in the market. But it will remain to be seen how well Hyundai is able to exploit these advantages since coupes don’t normally sell well in the market.
The pricing of these two cars have not been announced by Hyundai yet, but it is believed that they will soon reveal the prices of these vehicles.