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Last year, Hyundai unveiled the new generation Elantra sedan - a model that featured an impressive exterior design language and a new 1.8-liter inline-four that producing 148 HP and 131 pound-feet of torque. Now, Hyundai has to unveil a new Coupe variant at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, which the company hopes will compete with the Honda Civic Coupe model.

Just like the sedan, the new Elantra Coupe will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this engine delivers a fuel economy of 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The new model will be distinguished by a unique "Fluidic Sculpture" two-door coupe design language that includes a hexagonal front fascia with jeweled swept-back headlights, a blacked-out rear diffuser, and much more.

UPDATE 06/15/2012: Hyundai has announced prices for the 2013 Elantra Coupe. Prices will range from $17,445 for the base GS version and will go up to $19,745 for the sport-tuned Elantra Coupe SE. An optional SE A/T Technology Package will add another $2,350. Hit the jump for a full pricing list.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Hyundai Elantra Coupe.

  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
  • Year:
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  • Engine:
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    148 @ 6500
  • MPG(Cty):
  • MPG(Hwy):
  • Torque @ RPM:
    131 @ 4700
  • Displacement:
    1.8 L
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2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Just like all of the other models in Hyundai;s lineup, the new Elantra Coupe is defined by the latest "Fluidic Sculpture’ design language which replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion. This mumbo jumbo translates into Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front fascia with jeweled swept-back headlights and fog lamps available in the side mirrors. The car’s side is dominated by a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. The top version, Elantra SE, will be offered with 17" alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts. At the rear, there is a blacked-out diffuser that contrasts with dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips. The SE model deck lid incorporates a lip spoiler design element.

The Elantra Coupe is offered in seven exterior colors, three of which are unique from the Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White Black Noir Pearl, and Volcanic Red.


2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Interior
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The interior of the Hyundai Elantra COupe has been upgraded with seats made from lightweight materials and environmentally-friendly foam, which are offered with a heating option as standard. Customers will have to choose between two interior color choices, gray and black, available with either the GS or SE trim.

Hyundai will be offering a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks as standard on all models, but the SE has an upgrade of its own. It will provide customers with the option of a high-resolution 7.0-inch screen and voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone. Other optional equipment include: proximity key with push-button start, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power sunroof, and dual automatic temperature control with Clean Air Ionizer and auto-defogger. The SE model also benefits from sporty aluminum pedals.


2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Drivetrain
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The Hyundai Elantra Coupe will bve powered by the same engine found in its sedan counterpart: a 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with an output of 148 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque. The engine is equipped with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency, and refinement.

The Elantra Coupe will also get an electronic throttle control that replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with instantaneous computerized control. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, and improves drivability, response, and fuel economy.

The four cylinder engine can be mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission, which reports a fuel economy of 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, or a six-speed automatic transmission which drops the fuel economy down to 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.


2013 Elantra Coupe Pricing
Model Engine Transmission MSRP
Elantra Coupe GS 1.8L I4 6-speed M/T $17,445
Elantra Coupe GS 1.8L I4 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC $18,445
Elantra Coupe SE 1.8L I4 6-speed M/T $19,745
Elantra Coupe SE 1.8L I4 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC $20,745

SE A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP

  • Navigation system with seven-inch screen
  • Rearview camera
  • 360-watt premium audio with digital external amplifier
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • Proximity key entry with push button start


2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Hyundai hopes to target models like the Honda Civic Coupe and Kia Koup with their new Elantra Coupe. The Honda Civic Coupe was just revised for the 2012 model year and has received a 1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 140 HP - just 8 HP less than the Elantra. On the other hand, the Kia Koup is a more powerful model: it is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine with 156 HP. See below for a full comparison of the three models.

By the numbers:

2013 Elantra Coupe
Engine 1.8L I4 1.8L I4 2.0L I4
HP @ RPM 148 @ 6500 (est.) 140 @ 6500 156 @ 6200
Specific output (HP/Liter) 82.2 77.8 78.0
Torque @ RPM 131 @ 4700 (est.) 128 @ 4300 144 @ 4300
Transmission 6MT or 6AT 5MT or 5AT 6MT or 6AT
MPG (M/T) 29/40 (est.) 28/36 24/33
MPG (A/T) 28/39 (est.) 28/39 25/33

Volume comparison:

2013 Elantra Coupe
Passenger volume (cu. ft.) 95.4 83.2 90.7
Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 14.8 11.7 12.6
Total interior volume (cu. ft.) 110.2 94.9 103.3
EPA size classification Mid-size Compact Compact

Power-to-weight ration comparison

Coupe M/T Curb Weight (lbs.) Horsepower Power-to-weight ratio (lbs./HP)
Elantra Coupe 2,687 148 18.2
Honda Civic Coupe 2,594 140 18.5
Kia Koup 2,737 156 17.5
2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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  (1) posted on 03.14.2012

I can’t wait to get my hands on this car - I’ve been searching for a hot looking but affordable coupe. Nothing out there even entices me. Civic Coupe was an option but not excited by it. I’m jazzed about this one!

  (374) posted on 02.24.2012

Just like to other cars, what I like about here is its Fluidic Sculpture design. As for me the further a car became more enhanced true versions and change, the more it reveals its real beauty and essence.

  (501) posted on 02.21.2012

Elantra Coupe was very significant. This article was very particular with the data of this Hyundai Elantra Coupe. This Hyundai’s masterpiece looks great with a mid-size coupe. It was also amazing that it secures great fuel economy.

  (320) posted on 02.20.2012

I love its interior filled with gadgets like audio system, push-button start, automatic control temperature and seven inches screen, which was voiced activated. I also admire its 17” alloy wheels with sleek exterior.

  (365) posted on 02.15.2012

Wow that looks way nice. It’s truly cool. The coupe version and the GT version seriously looks nice but how much will it cost if it were to sell here?

  (441) posted on 02.13.2012

It looks great for a mid-sized coupe. That’s most awesome. This model features an impressive exterior design making it a comfortable one to ride on.

  (569) posted on 01.3.2012

When will Hyundai unveil this coupe? I really can’t wait for the other features that this Elentra has especially on its figure performance. Anyway, I hope that it is not a hybrid car.

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

I love the sophisticated look of this Elantra coupe and even the classy image of it. I’m just wondering with the interior design of it.

  (776) posted on 12.21.2011

This coupe is one of my favorite vehicles on Hyundai! I really love the decency of it, and I also find it very elegant on that aesthetic design. I just only hope that they would use this time a better engine than to their standard.

  (474) posted on 12.12.2011

This coupe is really oozing with angst and aggressiveness that caused by its front headlight. I also noticed that it looks so decent and exclusive on its white body paint, which only adds more lovely and attractive looks on it.

  (409) posted on 12.9.2011

I love the exclusivity of this coupe, and I have to agree that it already looks awesome on its white body paint. Its sound great either that it has an impressive engine which is only appropriate on it.

  (428) posted on 11.17.2011

If I’m going to compare it to its competitor, I can say that Elantra would still be stood out on its gorgeous and very neat appearance. However, when it comes into speed performance, I think Honda would really win on that.

  (503) posted on 10.20.2011

I can’t wait to see this one soon. Well, I must say that it is absolutely looking so great and fabulous on its decent and hygienic appearance, but I hope they should enhance the engine of this one.

  (368) posted on 10.14.2011

This car looks so neat and clean because of its color. Even if its design is common, it still it fits because of its simpleness.

  (317) posted on 10.12.2011

I can’t wait to see this Elantra coupe! Now, I really have a doubt that Hyundai had a plan to put this one on production. smiley I would love to see this gorgeous car soon....

  (398) posted on 10.6.2011

I really love the expensive and classy look of this Elentra Coupe, I can’t wait on when they will put it in production. I bet that this Elentra coupe will be one of their biggest success.

  (248) posted on 10.4.2011

I really love the sophisticated look of this Elentra Coupe, I can’t wait on when they will put it in production. I’m pretty sure that this Elentra coupe would be the best selling car on the year of its market production.

  (683) posted on 09.2.2011

When will be the real market production of this ELantra? I’m really so excited about this car. It seems that it is so fun to drive and I must say that the decency of it is really stunning.

  (599) posted on 08.26.2011

I love the sophisticated look of this Elantra coupe and even the classy image of it. I’m just wondering with the interior design of it.

  (427) posted on 07.29.2011

I think you are wrong Tristan. The engine used on accent is V8 that produces an output of 450HP while this one is the coupe version, meaning it will be cheaper than the accent and less power output.

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