2011 Hyundai Elantra
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2011 Hyundai Elantra

Los Angeles, California – Hyundai introduced its all-new 2011 Elantra compact sedan today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  Following on the heels of Tucson, Sonata, and Equus, the 2011 Elantra represents a modern approach to the typical compact sedan segment with “Fluidic Sculpture” styling similar to the larger Sonata.  The styling serves a purpose beyond aesthetics, endowing the vehicle with a slippery shape. The drag coefficient for the Elantra is an exceptionally low 0.28, comparing favourably to the Chevrolet Volt’s 0.29.

The new Elantra rides on a 2,700-millimetre wheelbase which is 51 millimetres longer than the previous generation car. Its overall length has increased by 23 millimetres to 4,530 millimetres, while the 1,775-millimetre width remains unchanged. The height has been lowered by 46 millimetres, to 1,435 millimetres, without affecting headroom.

According to the company, the 2011 Elantra’s total interior volume of 3,127 litres beats the 2011 Civic sedan, 2011 Nissan Sentra, 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, 2011 Ford Focus, and 2011 Toyota Corolla. Surprisingly, it even surpasses the Acura TSX (3,033 litres), Nissan Maxima (3,115 litres), and VW Passat CC (3,095 litres) in total interior volume. Elantra’s trunk volume of 420 litres also bests Civic and Corolla.

The new Elantra features a new 1.8-litre engine (vs. 2.0-litre engine), 6-speed automatic and manual transmissions (vs. 4-speed A/T and 5-speed M/T), adaptive alternator, low rolling resistance silica tires, a weight reduction of 28 kg, and the improved coefficient of drag (0.28 vs. 0.32)

Thanks to these improvements and technologies, Elantra achieves estimated fuel economy ratings of 6.8 L/100 km in the city and 4.9 L/100 km on the highway with the standard 6-speed manual. Opting for the 6-speed automatic adds only 0.1 L/100 km to the vehicle’s city fuel consumption rating. Putting these figures into a real-world context, Elantra has a highway range of nearly 1,000 km.

The 2011 Elantra features new Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the system found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). When a driver accelerates or brakes on a split surface (slippery on one side, dry on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction, VSM detects the condition and sends a signal to the MDPS. Communicating with the MDPS, VSM can counter the pull by automatically providing counter-steering. The same form of handling assistance is provided during sudden lane changes or fast cornering.

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