This year's North American Car of the Year gets a sibling for 2013. Hyundai's Elantra coupe will join the sedan and Touring hatchback when it goes on sale this spring.
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The sole powertrain across the three body styles remains the 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are available. Hyundai estimates the Elantra coupe should get 29/40 mpg city/highway with the manual and 28/40 mpg with the automatic.
The coupe retains the Elantra sedan's styling, but it looks a little more aggressive thanks to some front-end tweaks, side sculpting, dual chrome-tipped exhaust pipes and five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts. Three new coupe-specific exterior colors will be available: Monaco White, Black Noir Pearl and Volcanic Red.
The Elantra coupe rides the same 106.3-inch wheelbase and retains the sedan's basic dimensions. GS and SE trims will be available. Coupe-specific features inside include new seats with deeper side bolsters and aluminum pedals on SE models. Heated seats are standard on all coupes; a navigation system is optional on SEs. It’s the same 7-inch touch-screen available in Limited versions of the sedan.
So far, the Elantra sedan has been a success in terms of sales, elevating Hyundai beyond its budget-brand image. Will the coupe get as warm a welcome when it goes on sale later this year?