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The Hyundai Elantra has been very well received since it was redesigned for the 2011 model year, but now Hyundai is following up this popular compact sedan with the addition of a new coupe and five-door hatchback model. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe and 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT were both introduced at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show as a part of a Hyundai product blitz that will see seven new or redesigned models being introduced over the next 11 months (starting with the new Azera and Veloster Turbo introduced last month).
Surprisingly, Hyundai didn’t have to make too many visual changes to the Elantra when making the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe. The sleek roofline of the sedan seemed destined to offer a two-door model, and this new Elantra Coupe looks so good that it could be the spiritual successor to the Hyundai Tiburon. Going up against compact coupes like the Honda Civic and Kia Forte Koup, the Elantra Coupe boasts a design that was penned at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif. and has a coefficient of drag of just 0.28. Like the sedan, the 2013 Elantra Coupe will be rated at 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with the six-speed manual transmission.
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Adding a little more utility to the Hyundai line-up, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT replaces the previous Elantra Touring as a five-door compact hatchback that goes up against the Mazda MAZDA3, Ford Focus and Kia Forte. Despite extensive weight reduction that makes it the lightest compact hatchback, the Elantra GT comes up just short of 40 mpg with expected fuel economy estimates of 28 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Inside, the 2012 Elantra GT keeps a spacious passenger compartment (one of the biggest in its class) while delivering 23 cubic feet of cargo volume; with the rear seats folded, this hatchback swallows up to 51 cubic feet of gear. Despite adding this extra utility, Hyundai managed to keep the Elantra’s sleek and sporty appearance with the GT displaying a similar roofline as the sedan with a raked D-pillar that helps balance styling and practicality. The Elantra GT also offers a driver-side knee airbag for added safety.
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