The slow decline of the affordable two-door coupe bodystyle continues with the demise of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe, which disappears from the Elantra lineup for 2015. The Hyundai Elantra Coupe was first sold as a 2013 model, making this a short run for this variant of Hyundai’s compact.
Remaining 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe inventory will still be sold, but there will be no 2015 version of this model. Hyundai has not shared any concrete reasons as for why the Elantra Coupe won’t be returning to the lineup. We assume that low sales numbers are the culprit, although Hyundai does not break out volumes for different Elantra variants, instead lumping the sedan, coupe and GT hatchback models together into one sales number.
It’s also possible that Hyundai is content to leave its sister brand Kia to occupy the compact coupe segment, as the mechanically similar Kia Forte Koup was just redesigned last year. There isn’t much competition among mainstream compact coupes anyway, as the Honda Civic coupe is the only true competitor to the Elantra Coupe and Forte Koup models.
Other than the discontinuation of the Elantra Coupe, the rest of the 2015 Hyundai Elantra lineup is mostly unchanged. The 2015 Elantra sedan is already on sale and has a few minor updates for this year, and a Hyundai spokesperson also confirmed that the Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback sticks around for 2015. Information for that model, which is based on the European-market Hyundai i30, will be provided when the 2015 version starts production within the next few months. We don’t expect any major changes for the Elantra GT, as it just received a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for the 2014 model year.