The midsize sedan game is one of the most competitive areas in the automotive industry. There are so many players and not much room on the all-star team and as of now, the onlyHyundai that has ever made its way onto this exclusive team is the wonderfully styled Sonata, a vehicle that has become the benchmark in terms of sedan styling.

The newest redesign from Hyundai comes in the form of the new Elantra. It might not be a sports car, but this machine is in no way boring. It looks brilliant, packs a decent motor, and can offer best in class fuel economy. Hyundai’s goal with this new vehicle is to continue to dominating the sedan game and with two strong players, they just might.

The new Elantra was just unveiled to the public and we have prepared a little preview of what you can expect in the new sedan.

UPDATE 12/19/10: It’s configurator time again! That’s right, boys and girls; Hyundai has just released a new configurator for the 2011 Elantra, which means that you can once again put your ’Configurator Caps’ back on and treat yourself to a fancy car and trim building exercise. Who knows, you just might end up liking your work too much you end up buying the car in the end.

Hit the jump to read on.

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Exterior and Interior

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Hyundai’s current Elantra sedan has always been a decent car, but it’s not exactly good looking.

The conservative styling of the 2010 Elantra, however, is being thrown out to make way for the next-generation model featuring a gorgeously sculpted body. It’s clear that this model is something beautiful, but it should also be recognizable as a Hyundai.

The Elantra features huge headlights and taillights that give the car a real aggressive look. The headlights reach far up the hood, leading to a greenhouse that sweeps up toward the C-pillar. The upper and lower grille recall Hyundai’s new Tucson compact SUV, while the fog lights look different than on most models. From the side, the new car’s deep character line heads toward the taillights. The new Elantra, as good as it is from the front and side, is best observed from the rear. A better-defined trunk lid and LED lights top off the gear futuristic look.

The interior of the Elantra reminds us of a Subaru, as it features a large screen with a clock and information display right above it. We really like the overall look of the cabin. It has a futuristic look to it, but remains classic and simple to use.

The Power

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The 2011 Elantra will be powered by an all-new 1.8-liter inline-four that produces 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. We had hopes that Hyundai would use direct-injection in their new Elantra, but that hasn’t worked out.

When connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Elantra will return 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Hyundai says that 40 mpg is attainable on the full range of Elantra trims, not just ECO models.

The Competition

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The 2011 Elantra will rival the Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, and a few others. When it comes to styling, the Elantra makes all these models look dated and old, with the Cruze being the exception. Fuel mileage numbers swing in the Hyundai’s favor as well, as only certain ECO models from Chevrolet and Kia can come close. Ford and Honda are bringing out new versions of their rival vehicles for 2012, so it should be interesting to see how they compare.

When Will It Come Out?

Pricing has not yet been announced, but we should hear something at the LA Auto Show. Expect to see the Hyundai in showrooms before the end of the year.

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  (776) posted on 12.21.2011

I’m so fascinated with the dressed-up interior of this Elantra! It looks very comfortable and elegant on that. Moreover, I have to agree that it already looks great on its body paint.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

This new Elentra is absolutely looks so striking on its aesthetic looks, and I’m also impressed with its very comfortable interior. However, I don’t think that its engine will be quite good enough for it.

  (503) posted on 10.20.2011

I would always love Hyundai cars, for their cars are really so practical to use in my everyday transportation, and the decent looks that it had is absolutely looks so striking.

  (619) posted on 10.19.2011

Elantra is already striking on its simplicity but very well-proportioned appearance, and I have to agree that it is already looks so fabulous on its body paint, anyway, I barely see cars having that color.

  (484) posted on 10.12.2011

I’m impressed with the interior of this Elantra and with its light body paint, and I love the angst that the headlights of it was expressing, and the engine that it had is quite good enough for it.

  (365) posted on 10.5.2011

Hyundai Elantra interior is very impressive on its simple stylish. I must say that this is one of the best good-looking cars in the Hyundai. smiley Even though their cars are really didn’t have an impressive engine performance, I still love their cars.

  (449) posted on 10.3.2011

Elantra is really a good-looking car, though it only had a simple platform design and styling. The interior looks so good also, seems so cozy and relaxing even the dashboard and handling are seems so nice.

  (399) posted on 09.26.2011

Very attractive! Seeing cars like this on the road, I bet it can catch lots of attention and with its light sleek body paint even on its cozy and relaxing interior touch and features, it will surely stand out.

  (397) posted on 07.18.2011

Yeah! It is maybe a so simple car but the appeal of this car is so strong. I love the taillights. It really gives an aggressive look of Elantra.

  (630) posted on 07.7.2011

I agree that Elantra is so simple, I’ve seen cars that almost had a same exterior design like Elantra have but I believe that still Hyundai cars engine are so promising and one thing I love the new configurator for 2011 Elantra that they released last year I’d love that.

  (937) posted on 04.4.2011

The car is simply awesome. I like the detailing of the car from the luxurious interior up to the sporty exterior! 

  (324) posted on 03.11.2011

Its conservative styling of the 2010 Elantra,makes its new generation gorgeously sculpted body. A better defined-trunk lid and led lights makes the auto more futuristic look.

  (558) posted on 03.9.2011

Fuel efficiency is not my major concern when I bought a car I made a lifestyle choice. I choose to but a mid size luxury car and has a high performance.

  (309) posted on 02.6.2011

A better-defined trunk lid and LED lights top off the gear futuristic look. It has a futuristic look to it, but remains classic and simple to use.

  (814) posted on 01.19.2011

The midsize sedan game is one of the most competitive areas in the automotive industry,I bet this is really a nice and very complimenting in style and strong impact towards customers expectations..

  (692) posted on 12.28.2010

It seems to me that Hyundai has eaten Mazda’s lunch. The ’Fluid Sculpture’ design motif seems closely aligned with the concepts behind the Mazda look, but Hyundai is bringing it to market faster and in a more integrated and cohesive manner.

  (676) posted on 11.17.2010

2door please, there’s been an unsettling dearth of those these days.

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