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|2013 Hyundai Elantra SE Coupe Review & Test Drive||
Hyundai introduces another new model to its existing hot-selling Elantra line with the new Elantra coupe in SE trim. My test Elantra coupe was painted to the new ‘Blue Sky’ metallic paint to match the blue sky enjoyment that I found during my seven-day test drive.
This new coupe from Hyundai gives young sporty consumers a great bargain price with lots of go, unique styling, a sporty and comfortable interior with the latest in convenient, infotainment and safety systems. It has it all for a base price of just $20,745.00 for the SE and my test model came with the Technology Package and carpeted floor mats for a total price of just $23,900.00. I’ll get into the standard equipment and options that made my ride even more fun-to-drive later.
The styling of the Elantra coupe follows Hyundai’s dynamic ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design mantra that imitates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a look of fluid in motion. Very few cars some costing above $100,000.00 can match the angular and sexy lines of the Elantra coupe. Up front is Hyundai’s signature hexagonal wide mouth front fascia opening surrounded with a chrome strip and jeweled swept-back headlights, foglamps down below and aerodynamic power-remote/heated/repeater side mirrors that give the front a lean, more aggressive look. The silhouette continues the aggressive look with a steeply raked windshield A-pillars and C-pillars, a tapered sloping roof, pull-out door handles, deeply sculpted surfaces and a character line from the end of the flared front fenders all the to the rear lamps. The side extensions give the car a more hunkered down look with the flared fenders stuffed with 17X7 inch unique alloy wheels wrapped with 215/45R17 inch low-profile performance tires. From the rear is a blacked-out rear diffuser valance that contrasts with the dual chrome-tipped exhaust pipes gathered together under the right side of the bumper. The wraparound lamp clusters blend in perfectly and just above is an integral deck lid spoiler to help enhance downforce. These sculpted and sexy surfaces create a very aerodynamic body with a drag coefficient of just 0.28 that results in minimal wind noise entering the cabin and further enhancing fuel economy.
Powering my new Elantra coupe is a PZEV rated 1.8 liter, in-line four-cylinder, all-aluminum, DOHC engine featuring dual continuously variable valve timing (C-VVT) to flatten the torque band. It generates 145 hp at 6,500 rpm and 130 lb.ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm to quickly move the new Elantra coupe because of its low curb weight, only 2,729 pounds. This engine also features a variable induction system, roller swing arm and hydraulic lash adjusters, electronic throttle control and an offset crankshaft.
This engine is mated to Hyundai’s in-house designed and manufactured six-speed manual or its six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual mode. The automatic is what I had to use and it was smooth, quiet and precise. The SHIFTRONIC manual shift control was fun to use when I wanted to hold each gear to redline for some spirited driving times away from city traffic. It also came with an Eco mode button on the dashboard that remaps the onboard computer to help enhance fuel mileage.
The new Elantra coupe is fun to drive anytime and in any traffic situation. High-strength steel in the car’s structure allows the suspension to work with precision in all driving conditions. The weight-efficient unibody architecture allows the car to achieve an estimated 27 mpg/city and 37 mpg/highway with the automatic. Up front is an independent MacPherson strut setup with coil springs, hydraulic twin-tube gas-charged shocks and an 11mm solid stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll and turn-in response when cornering. The rear features a lightweight torsion beam setup with gas-charged hydraulic monotube shocks and coil springs that enhances steering stability and monotube shocks for a more comfortable ride and tracking control. My SE model’s suspension is ‘sport-tuned’ with the steering knuckle design, torsion beam rigidity and damper tuning all recalibrated for sporty handling and steering responsiveness. The coupe also features a column-mounted motor driven electric rack & pinion steering system that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while also improving fuel economy. The system also includes a quick-ration steering rack for crisper feel on turn-in. I was impressed with how well the steering reacted to my inputs, and the great feel for the road.
The new Elantra coupe stops quickly and smoothly with large, four-wheel power-assisted steel disc brakes. Up front are 11 inch vented discs and 10.3 inch solid discs in the rear. Each disc is clamped with single piston calipers. You maintain control of the coupe when doing spirited maneuvers or when driving on slick or wet pavement with standard ABS, EBD and BA. The standard electronic stability and traction control systems keep you safe when entering a curve at higher than posted speed limits.
The interior quite nicely matches the sporty look and performance of the new Elantra SE coupe with plenty of room, comfort, convenience plus the latest infotainment and safety systems. Each door opens wide to reveal a double cockpit arrangement with comfortable and supportive leather trimmed bucket seats that are cut sharply to keep you and your front passenger snug when slicing through curving roads. The small sporty leather-wrapped steering wheel feels perfect in your hands and contains buttons for the Bluetooth, audio system and cruise control. The tilt-telescoping column gave me the perfect reach and angle to feel more comfortable when driving. All touch points are soft and the metallic trim runs from the doors, air-vents, steering wheel spokes and center stack. That center stack features the audio controls up top and the climate controls down below, all easy to reach and use. The gauge cluster is straight-ahead and also easy to see when it’s large speedometer and tachometer. In the center are readouts for fuel on board and engine coolant temperature. The center also features readouts from the trip computer keeping your current on trip mileage, average mpg, average mph and how many miles to empty. The center console features the perfectly placed stick shifter surrounded in black piano veneer plastic and a chrome bezel around the leather-wrapped stick, and a sliding front center armrest with storage box. Getting to the rear seat is easy as Hyundai uses a system to make the seatbacks and seat bottom pull forward by pushing down a lever on the side of each seatback. The rear seat features a pull-down armrest and double cupholder and you can fold the seatback down by tugging out two pulls, one on each side to make even more room for your cargo in the trunk.
Standard equipment not mentioned in the SE trim Elantra coupe includes a grab handle above the passenger door, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, power sunroof, electronic climate control system with air filtration, AM-FM-Sirius satellite radio-CD-MP3 audio system with 6-speakers, iPod/USB & auxiliary input jacks, two 12-volt power plugs, power windows/door locks with driver-side express up/down, heated sideview mirrors, remote keyless entry, variable-speed wipers/washers, and thick cut-pile carpeting.
My new Elantra SE coupe came with the optional Technology Package that includes a navigation system with a 7 inch color screen, rearview camera, 360-watt premium audio with a digital external amp, automatic halogen headlamps, proximity key entry with electronic push button start/stop, dual automatic temperature control with clean air ionizer and carpeted floor mats.
Standard safety features include front/side impact/side curtain airbags, five 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners and load limiters, tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.
After a week behind the wheel of the all-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra SE coupe I’m sure that the competition in this growing segment will be looking over their collective shoulders as this new entry from Hyundai will take market share away, just like the Elantra sedan and all-new five-door entry.
Hyundai does it again in great fashion with another winner!
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base Elantra Coupe $17,595 / As-Tested Elantra SE Coupe $23,900
- Engine: 1.8-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder 145 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm / 130 lb.ft. of torque @ 4,700 rpm
- Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
- Total length: 178.7 inches
- Total width: 69.9 inches
- Total height: 56.5 inches
- Track: f/r-61.1/61.6 inches
- Headroom: f/r-39.8/37.1 inches
- Legroom: f/r-43.6/33.3 inches
- EPA passenger volume: 95.4 cu.ft.
- EPA cargo volume: 14.8 cu.ft.
- EPA Fuel mileage: 27 mpg city / 37 mpg highway (automatic transmission)
|2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Introduced at Chicago Auto Show||
The Chicago Auto Show has many surprises this year including a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe to compete with other Asian compact coupes on the market. It doesn’t take much brain power to realize that Hyundai has taken aim on rivals such as the Honda Civic Coupe when you look at the design of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe alone.
The new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe will be powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with an output of 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft. of torque mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic.
The design of the 2013 Elantra Coupe is said to be a unique “Fluidic Sculpture”. Best of all, the new 2013 Elantra Coupe 6-speed manual transmission version will tout a 40-mpg highway rating and feature a longer wheelbase and over-all width than that of the Honda Civic Coupe. The new 2013 Elantra Coupe actually has been slotted into the mid-sized category because of its larger dimensions. The 2013 Elantra Coupe looks to be a winner in my book already just from its looks. It is sure to be a winner in other books considering the 4-door Hyundai Elantra took the crown for 2012 North American Car of the Year.
Hit up the full press release below of the all-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe below for additional details and specifications.
2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Press Release
HYUNDAI ADDS SPORT COUPE VARIANT TO ITS AWARD-WINNING ELANTRA LINE-UP
North American Car of the Year Winner adds Sport Coupe Design and Technology Chemistry to the Proven Elantra Formula
CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – Hyundai today introduced a new sport coupe variant to its industry-leading Elantra line-up at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. This two-door coupe model of the Elantra sedan, available this spring, will attract even more buyers to the Elantra line-up, further expanding its appeal to savvy consumers. It offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version a sales success, while broadening its market reach to youthful, sporty buyers willing to forgo four-door versatility for coupe design appeal. The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA COUPE
• Unique “Fluidic Sculpture” two-door coupe design language
• 1.8-liter “Nu” Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) engine
• In-house-developed six-speed manual and automatic transmissions
• 40-mpg highway rating (estimated) on M/T model
• Eleven percent more fuel efficient than Honda Civic Coupe M/T
• Longer wheelbase, overall length and width than Civic Coupe for a more comfortable, roomy interior cabin
• Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
• 7-inch touch-screen navigation with rearview camera and iPod®/USB inputs
• Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
• Proximity-key entry with electronic push-button start
Elantra Coupe is the latest vehicle in Hyundai’s 7/11 product initiative (seven new models in the next eleven months), following the Azera and Genesis Coupe.
The 2013 Elantra Coupe represents a modern approach to the sporty coupe segment, using youth-oriented design and premium features offered with Hyundai’s strong value proposition. The 2013 Elantra Coupe poses intriguing questions:
• Why can’t a sporty coupe combine generous interior space with sleek design?
• Why pay premium coupe prices to get advanced safety and technology features?
• Why can’t a fun-to-drive sporty coupe offer 40-mpg fuel economy?
“FLUIDIC SCULPTURE” DESIGN LANGUAGE
Elantra Coupe takes Hyundai’s dynamic “Fluidic Sculpture” design principles to the next level. “Fluidic Sculpture” design language replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion.
Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front fascia opening and jeweled swept-back headlights give Elantra Coupe a lean, aggressive demeanor. Fog lights and available side mirror repeater lamps complement the view from the front.
From the side, Elantra Coupe conveys a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. SE model sporty five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts add a dynamic presence, while fast A- and C-pillar angles frame a sharply tapered greenhouse, further accentuating the wedge profile. Just below the belt line, a prominent character line carries from the door through to the rear deck. Wheel arch creases give a subtle flared appearance around front and rear wheels, for a wide and aggressive presence. Further, a beveled rocker panel rounds out the lean and muscular effect.
From the rear, a blacked-out rear diffuser valance contrasts with dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips, and the SE model deck lid incorporates a lip spoiler design element.
These sculpted surfaces serve to create a highly aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra Coupe is an exceptionally low 0.28 Cd, resulting in minimal cabin noise intrusion and optimal fuel economy. Elantra Coupe was designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.
Under the hood, 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 (145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque for Elantra Coupe PZEV). This high power-density 4-cylinder puts out a full six percent more horsepower than the Civic Coupe 1.8-liter. Thanks to advanced clean engine technology, most Elantra Coupes sold in California, Oregon and several Northeast states are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) by the EPA. The PZEV Elantra Coupe is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles, without the extra technological complexity and cost. The PZEV Elantra Coupe helps Hyundai meet and exceed its environmental requirements. Outside of these “green” states, the Elantra Coupe is available as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).
Elantra Coupe 1.8-liter Dual CVVT (Nu Engine Family)
Key Engine Components
• Aluminum block and head
• Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
• Variable Induction System (VIS)
• Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
• Electronic throttle control
• Offset crankshaft
The Nu engine features an aluminum block with a cast-iron cylinder liner, cylinder head and crank. This unique configuration results in a block that is 30 percent lighter than an iron block, shedding more than 74 pounds of engine mass, while still providing equivalent strength.
The 1.8-liter Nu also offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using D-CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft. These advantages include a two-percent improvement in performance (via increased volumetric efficiency), two-percent improvement in fuel economy (via reduced pumping losses) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve-driven friction to improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve tappets. The Nu engine also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain to enhance durability and reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
A plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) enables intake air to be directed between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a broad, linear power band. This results in a four-percent improvement in performance, a 15 percent reduction in cost and 30 percent reduction in weight, when compared with aluminum.
Another technology Hyundai engineers have incorporated into the Elantra Coupe is an electronic throttle control. Electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with instantaneous computerized control. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.
To further improve fuel economy, Elantra Coupe applies double-pipe plumbing technology to the internal heat exchanger. Double-pipe plumbing improves cabin cooling efficiency, while minimizing compressor size, reducing fuel consumption. In addition, an externally-controlled variable compressor is used to improve fuel efficiency when compared with an internal variable compressor.
The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction and pressure between the piston and cylinder wall for a one-percent improvement in fuel economy.
Elantra Coupe’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 Elantra Coupe can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. Hyundai now has in-house six-speed automatic transmissions in its small, medium and large FWD cars. Hyundai is also only one of four global car manufacturers building in-house unique six-speed automatic transmissions.
The six-speed automatic is 11 pounds lighter than Hyundai’s global five-speed. It is considerably simpler, having 62 fewer parts, for greater durability, lighter weight and lower cost. It also features an ultra-flat torque converter that shortens the unit’s overall length by 0.43 inches, while being 2.6 pounds lighter.
This transmission, mated to the 1.8-liter Nu engine, helps Elantra Coupe deliver improved fuel efficiency – 11 percent more than its closest competitor, the Honda Civic Coupe.
The Elantra Coupe’s six-speed manual transmission offers positive shift feel and further optimizes powertrain performance. Shifting performance is facilitated by durable triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, with double-cones for third gear and a single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.
The Elantra Coupe rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, an overall length of 178.7 inches, 69.9-inch width, and 56.5 inch height for uncompromised headroom. Elantra’s total interior volume of 110.2 cubic feet exceeds the 2012 Honda Civic Coupe and 2012 Kia Forte Koup by large margins. The Coupe’s long wheelbase allows for compact coupe efficiency with class-above relative comfort levels. Elantra Coupe’s trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic Coupe and Kia Forte.
ELANTRA COUPE ARCHITECTURE
The Elantra Coupe is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a lightweight coupled torsion beam rear design for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort and control. A substantial 22.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll and turn-in response when cornering. Steering knuckle design, torsion beam rigidity and damper tuning have all been recalibrated for sportier handling and steering responsiveness compared with Elantra sedan. In addition, Elantra Coupe offers a sportier SE model suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.
All Elantra Coupes have column-mounted, motor-driven electric power steering (MDPS) that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a hydraulic steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in.
World-class weight efficiency was a key program target for the Elantra Coupe engineering team. As a result, Elantra Coupe leads the Kia Koup in weight efficiency, while leading the Civic Coupe in power-to-weight ratio; both are key measures of overall powertrain and structural efficiency.
High-strength steel in Elantra Coupe’s structure allows the suspension to work with precision in all driving conditions. This weight-efficient unibody architecture allows for Elantra Coupe to achieve an estimated 40-mpg EPA highway rating, without the need for a special eco model and its incremental costs.
SPORTY, SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR
Inside the Elantra Coupe, customers will find Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in gauge clarity and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Seat construction uses lightweight materials and environmentally-friendly foam for further benefits to fuel efficiency. Elantra Coupe seat design also provides deeper side bolsters compared with Elantra sedan for sportier driving. Heated seats are standard equipment on all Elantra Coupes, while the SE model offers sporty aluminum pedals.
The Elantra Coupe offers two interior color choices, gray and black, available with either the GS or SE trim. All Elantra Coupes have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look, feel and minimal environmental impact. Elantra Coupe will offer seven exterior colors, three of which are unique from Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White Black Noir Pearl and Volcanic Red.
Elantra Coupe is available with two audio systems. Standard is a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A 360-watt system with external amplifier is optional with the SE Technology package.
Touch-screen navigation is available on SE trim and includes a high-resolution 7.0-inch screen and voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone. The sound system plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit. The XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather®, XM Stock Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. The system also integrates a rear-view camera, which cannot be found on the Honda Civic Coupe or Kia Koup. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB rather than a CD to be displayed on the system’s home screen.
Elantra Coupe owners can also get 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.
ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYUNDAI’S ASSURANCE COMMITMENT
The Elantra Coupe takes compact coupe safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS).
VSM works to control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides eight Newton meters of counter steering force. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering. ESC is still not standard on the Civic Coupe.
Elantra Coupe features six airbags-including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag.
The Elantra Coupe also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions and driving dynamics. Elantra Coupe engineers even looked at something as simple as the parking brake for an integrated rear parking brake caliper for weight reduction.
In terms of passive safety, the Elantra Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones to effectively absorb and dissipate impact energy away from cabin occupants.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com
|Hyundai Elantra Coupe Gears Up for LA Debut||
Some recent reports indicate that Hyundai is all set to unveil its Elantra coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The model will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 131 lb-ft (177 Nm) of torque. We have been hearing some rumors of an R-Spec variant, which could adopt the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine from the 2012 Veloster. If so, Elantra R-Spec will feature 208 hp (155 kW / 211 PS) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque, under the hood.
The model will be facing stiff competition from Honda Civic coupe, unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this year.
We have no other option other than waiting till November, when the Los Angeles Auto Show will kick off to know further .