Hyundai Confirms 40 mpg Elantra Coupe, Azera

Hyundai has been very aggressive in their product campaign over the last few years and today, they announced the 2012 Elantra Coupe and a new Azera that should be here very soon.

The new Elantra Coupe and Azera, set to be here by 2012, will go along with the new Veloster, Sonata hybrid and Elantra sedan. Hyundai confirmed these two new machines this morning to its dealer network, as they are sure to get busier very soon.

When speaking at a dealer meeting in San Francisco, Hyundai said that it would unveil two new models by January 2012. The first would be a two-door version of the Elantra and the second would be a redesigned Azera to go head-to-head with the Toyota Avalon.

The Hyundai Elantra Coupe will be the first model launched and should arrive in dealerships this spring. No details have been revealed at this point in time, but one should expect to see a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 148 horsepower. This is the same engine used in the sedan version, which means around 40 miles per gallon should be expected. The Elantra Coupe should be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show or the New York Auto Show.

The Hyundai Azera will also be redesigned and should be here by January 2012. The new Azera will feature a direct-injection 3.3-liter V6 with 260 horsepower, which is right on par with the Avalon. Hyundai is aiming for better fuel mileage with this new sedan, as well as an improved driving experience and overall design.

Hyundai is hoping to sell around 18,000 to 20,000 units of the new Azera, up from the depressing 3,051 units sold in 2010.

The Hyundai Azera has already been redone in South Korea, although it goes by the name Grandeur. Needless to say, this new model looks much better than the current model on sale here in the United States.

Reference: Automotive News

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