Filed under: LA Auto Show, Coupe, Budget, Sedan, Hatchback, Hyundai
Most of the attention at Hyundai has recently been focused on the next-gen Sonata and Genesis, but before we see either of those sedans, the automaker is giving its small car lineup a significant overhaul.
Just last week, Hyundai unveiled the refreshed 2014 Accent, and today at the LA Auto Show it’s take the covers off of its updated 2014 Elantra. All three Elantra models – sedan, coupe and GT – will receive the same changes, but Hyundai has only released pictures for two of the sedan models: Limited (above) and Sport (inset).
The biggest news is that a new, more powerful 2.0-liter, direct-injected inline four-cylinder is now the standard engine in the GT and Coupe, as well as the Elantra sedan’s all-new Sport trim level. This engine produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, and while the 2014 Elantra GT can still be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 2014 Elantra Coupe drops the option for a manual transmission; it also appears that the Elantra Sport sedan will come solely with the automatic. With the larger engine, fuel economy numbers do drop a little: all models powered by this engine receive EPA estimated ratings of 24 miles per gallon in the city. Highway estimates for this engine include 33 mpg for the GT with automatic, 34 mpg for the GT with manual and Coupe, and 35 for the Sport sedan. Sedan buyers looking for better fuel economy still have the carry over 1.8-liter engine with 145 hp, 130 lb-ft and EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.
All three variants of the 2014 Elantra get some styling changes, but the visual updates made to the GT and Coupe are minimal since these models have only been on the market for one year. The sedan gets your standard midcycle refresh that includes new wheel designs and tweaked front and rear fascias, while the Sport and Limited trim levels add stylish LED-trimmed headlights and LED taillights – these lights are standard on the GT and optional on the Coupe. The Elantra Sport sedan is easily distinguishable thanks to its two-tone 17-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tip and rear decklid spoiler. The new base model, formerly known as GLS, has been renamed the SE, and the top-trim Limited still offers a fully loaded experience.
Inside, the 2014 Elantra has received attention to improve the styling and comfort, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels. All models get a slightly revised instrument panel, while the GT and Coupe models now have standard heated front seats. Even the technology has been upgraded to include a new touchscreen display, a “next-generation navigation” system and the availability of Pandora Internet radio.
Hyundai has not announced pricing for the 2014 Elantra lineup yet, but all three cars go on sale next month. Scroll down for press releases on the Sedan, Coupe and GT.
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