Hyundai has finally unveiled its all-new 2011 Elantra compact sedan ride at the stage of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Benefiting from the highly-exclusive Hyundai "Fluidic Sculpture" design language, the 2011 Elantra also packs great safety and fuel efficiency figures.

At the first glance, the styling of the compact Elantra creates an illusion of constant motion even when is not moving. Its vision builds on the one found on the Sonata model, flowing lines, strong undercut feature line starting at the front door, as well as muscular wheel arches and sleek roofline. Furthermore, the Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights lend Elantra a sporty character.

In the terms of power, the fresh Elantra utilizes an all-new 1.8-liters Nu four-cylinder plant with 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque, which boasts smaller size and weighs 74 pounds less than its predecessor, resulting in 18-percent improvement in highway fuel economy. The 2011 Elantra is the first small car in the brand's whole lineup offered with a choice of a six-speed manual or an automatic transaxle with SHIFTRONIC manual control.

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2011 Hyundai Elantra highlights:

  • All-new fifth generation Elantra compact sedan
  • "Fluidic Sculpture" design
  • Launches with new 1.8-liter "Nu" engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission
  • 40 mpg highway on all models with A/T or M/T
  • Best-in-class standard fuel economy
  • Improved fuel efficiency by up to 18 percent over its predecessor
  • More fuel efficient than Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla
  • Production began at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in November with shipments to dealers before year-end
  • "Class-above" mid-size car interior volume
  • Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
  • Touch-screen navigation with rearview camera and iPod®/USB inputs
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
  • Segment first: Heated rear seats