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#1 of 278 2009 Hyundai Elantra
Aug 15, 2007 (5:23 pm)
I am excited about this car, the sketch looks nice......resembles the PORTICO concept, especially in the rear.
I am, however, disappointed that it will use the same 2.0 engine instead of all-aluminium 2Liter engine with more horsepower (at least 155)
They should at least offer a 6 speed manual
#2 of 278 2009 Elantra Touring
Aug 08, 2007 (12:28 pm)
HYUNDAI ANNOUNCES NAME OF FUTURE FIVE-DOOR
ALL-NEW 2009 ELANTRA TOURING MOVES A POPULAR NAMEPLATE IN A SPORTIER, MORE FUNCTIONAL DIRECTION
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., 08/08/2007 Hyundai Motor America Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Planning John Krafcik, speaking at the Center of Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars, announced Hyundai’s all-new five-door compact will be named “Elantra Touring.” Elantra Touring will reach dealers in the spring of 2008 as a 2009 model year vehicle. The “Touring” name captures this all-new model’s combination of high-function and fun-to-drive character. Elantra Touring will once again extend Elantra’s product line into the compact five-door segment. (The previous generation also featured a sporty five-door model). Elantra Touring will come with class-leading standard safety technologies, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and six standard airbags, including side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The vehicle will be the first compact five-door with standard Electronic Stability Control.
Elantra Touring will have the most interior volume (passenger volume plus cargo space) of any five-door in its class and will be powered by the same fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan. This newest Hyundai will also feature unique sport suspension and steering tuned for greater response and handling, while offering Hyundai’s first USB port, along with a standard auxiliary jack and standard XM Satellite Radio®. Elantra Touring’s competition will include the Toyota Matrix, Dodge Caliber and Mazda3.
Looks more sporty than the i30, based on the sketch...
#3 of 278 Re: 2009 Elantra Touring [joe97]
Aug 08, 2007 (3:12 pm)
Cool! The standard ESC and sport suspension/steering are welcome. Looks like a worthy successor to the Elantra GT. If the cost is reasonable and IIHS side crash results are good, it could very well be my next car (and my daughter's future car).
Note that the press release avoids the term "wagon" and the rendering does look more streamlined than the wagon that was announced earlier. I'm wondering if HMA has changed direction and will import the 5-door hatchback instead of the 5-door wagon?
#4 of 278 Re: 2009 Elantra Touring [backy]
Aug 08, 2007 (5:35 pm)
Ditto. This looks very promising!! In addition to the array of standard safety features, I'm glad to hear usb, aux, and xm as well.
I am intrigued to see the actual thing. I have some telling me this maybe different than the i30 in Europe (so it may not just be replacing the i30 badge and simply slapping it with Elantra Touring). As I said in my previous post, the sketch looks different than the i30 (more sporty). Of course, it is a sketch, we shall see...
By the way, I am glad HMA is keeping Elantra in the name.
#5 of 278 Re: 2009 Elantra Touring [joe97]
Aug 08, 2007 (7:23 pm)
I kind of wish they had kept the Elantra GT moniker, but I suppose "Touring" is more appropriate since there is no upgrade in power. I thought maybe Hyundai would give the U.S. a GT variant of the Elantra with this generation, maybe with the 2.4L engine from the Sonata or Hyundai's version of the 2.0L engine already in use by Chrysler, with more power than the Beta II engine. But it looks like that won't happen, at least not right away.
#7 of 278 Re: 2009 Elantra Touring [joe97]
Aug 08, 2007 (9:21 pm)
Expect a rebadged Kia C'eed.
It should look nice.
#8 of 278 Re: 2009 Elantra Touring [joe97]
Aug 09, 2007 (5:10 am)
The vehicle will be the first compact five-door with standard Electronic Stability Control.
Maybe some hyperbole on HMA's part. How about the xB? Unless Hyundai is excluding it from "5-door compact five-doors."
#9 of 278 Re: 2009 Elantra Touring [backy]
Aug 09, 2007 (5:38 am)
Isn't the new xB larger than "compact" now?
#10 of 278 Re: 2009 Elantra Touring [jaxs1]
Aug 09, 2007 (5:51 am)
So is the Elantra when it comes down to it, by interior volume. I doubt the xB is much longer than the Elantra Touring. Marketeers categorize things as best suits them.