The 2013 Hyundais Elantra is already the brand's golden child, with demand for the compact car currently greater than supply and the 2012 North American Car of the Year award under its belt. Now Hyundai is looking to capitalize on the Elantra's success with two new variants: the Coupe and GT.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is all-new and the compact's fluidic sculpture design language transfers well to the two-door; in fact, we think the Elantra Coupe looks more handsome than the sedan. The sharp character line running from behind the front wheel up to the taillights is more dynamic in the Elantra Coupe thanks to a faster descending angle. Inside, the same premium interior we love from the Elantra sedan carries over.
Also carrying over are the sedan's 1.8-liter I-4 -- which pumps out 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque -- and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The Elantra Coupe will also score and estimated 40 mpg on the highway like the sedan, though only when equipped with the manual transmission; automatic-equipped cars are expected to make one mpg less.
Replacing the Elantra Touring in Hyundai's U.S. lineup is the all-new 2013 Elantra GT. Despite the different name, Hyundai has once again brought over the European-market i30 hatchback for our consumption under the Elantra badge. The same engine and transmission options that are available in the Elantra Coupe and sedan are seen here; however, the GT gets a more aggressive look. The hexagonal grille receives more swooping detailing, and the five-door shape gives the Elantra GT a sportier, more wedge-shaped look than its three-box brethren. Despite the more athletic exterior, the GT receives a more upright and tradition interior, rather than the swooping center stack of other Elantras.
Hyundai expects the GT to score 28/39 mpg city/highway in EPA testing with either the automatic or manual, tying the Mazda 3 5-Door for second place in the compact hatch class after the 29/42 mpg Volkswagen Golf TDI. Perhaps Hyundai will need to add an asterisk to the Elantra's advertised fuel economy since the Elantra GT won't hit the magic mark of 40 mpg on the highway.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2013 Elantra Coupe will go on sale this spring, followed by the Elantra GT this summer.
For more on the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT, check out our First Look on the Elantra Coupe here and on the Elantra GT here. For more on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Chicago Show homepage.