Hyundai announced company’s all-new five-door compact will be named "Elantra Touring," a model that will reach dealers in the spring of 2008 as a
2009 model year vehicle. The "Touring" name captures this all-new model’s
combination of high-function and fun-to-drive character.
Elantra Touring will once again extend Elantra’s product line into the
compact five-door segment. (The previous generation also featured a sporty five-door model). Elantra Touring will come with class-leading standard safety technologies, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and six
standard airbags, including side curtain airbags and active front head
restraints. The vehicle will be the first compact five-door with standard
Electronic Stability Control.
Elantra Touring will have the most interior volume (passenger volume
plus cargo space) of any five-door in its class and will be powered by the
same fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder found in the Elantra
sedan. This newest Hyundai will also feature unique sport suspension and
steering tuned for greater response and handling, while offering Hyundai’s
first USB port, along with a standard auxiliary jack and standard XM
Satellite Radio(R). Elantra Touring’s competition will include the Toyota
Matrix, Dodge Caliber and Mazda3.