Joining the 40 MPG Club (On the Highway, Anyway...)
As usual with these types of announcements, I feel ambivalent: On one hand, it's not a major breakthrough, it's one more gasoline car (better to walk, bike, or take transit)... But on the other hand, it was only a few short years ago when car makers could only brag about their new massive gas guzzlers and nobody in North-America paid much attention to the small car segment, leaving consumers with only a few stagnant choices. At least now there's some progress, and if people are going to buy cars, they might as well have more fuel-efficient choices. So let's have a look at the new Elantra (many photos below)!
A Few Specifications
While the official debut of the new Elantra will be later this week at the LA Auto Show, a lot of info is already out. We know that it's supposed to get 40 MPG on the highway and 29 MPG in city driving. The engine will be a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder producing 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque (but no direct injection yet, unlike in the Korean market), and a 6-speed automatic transmission will be available.
Unlike the Chevrolet Cruze, all trims of the 2011 Elantra will achieve 40 MPG on the highway.
We'll have to wait for the official unveiling for more specs. In the meantime, check out the photos below:
Via Hyundai, Autoblog
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