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Old 08-10-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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Hyundai has released a single photo of the new Elantra Touring model head of its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The Korean automaker will reveal the car under its European badge, the i30.
Now sharing the brand’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, the Elantra Touring also gets a hexagonal shaped front grille to help bring it closer to the rest of the Hyundai lineup.
When it does make its way to North America, power is expected to come from the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine found under the hood of the Elantra sedan, making 148-hp and achieving a 40-mpg highway rating.
The previous generation Elantra Touring never really caught on in North America, despite generally good things said by the automotive media. The addition of this more stylish, yet functional 5-door hatchback will, however, give Hyundai a product to offer against the new Ford Focus hatchback, competing in what seems to be a re-emerging segment.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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I love the Elantra and this hatch is a beauty!
I've heard some stuff about this car not reaching the rated mpg of 40mpg though?
It seems like Hyundai is the only company that gets it.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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[confused old man] Wasn't the previous Elantra Touring more wagonlike or, at least, less obviously a 5-door hatch?[/confused old man]



This reminds me of how the Vibe/Matrix went from having visible space between the C- and D-pillars to not:







I'll stick with BMW's definition of "touring" thankyouverymuch.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:37 PM   #4
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nice! now put that 2.0T and a 6M... i want!!!
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:20 PM   #5
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If that were truly AWD, not just Faux-wheel-drive, or Front/wrong-wheel-drive... I would actually consider a car that looks that good.

Why can't Impreza look anywhere NEARLY that good? It certainly isn't that Hyundai is charging a huge premium to pay their obviously better designers. The panels are still stamped out of the same steel, into more pleasing shapes for Hyundai.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:57 PM   #6
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If that were truly AWD, not just Faux-wheel-drive, or Front/wrong-wheel-drive... I would actually consider a car that looks that good.

Why can't Impreza look anywhere NEARLY that good? It certainly isn't that Hyundai is charging a huge premium to pay their obviously better designers. The panels are still stamped out of the same steel, into more pleasing shapes for Hyundai.
Hyundai is one of the top 5 auto manufacturers in the world. They run full blown design studios in Korea, US, and Germany. The car you see here was designed in Germany, as far as I know. Subaru, on the other hand, is a tiny company.

A better question is why Toyota and Honda look so crappy lately. They certainly have the resources to hire top designers.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:43 PM   #7
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Looks great. The previous Touring was a nice car let down by its drivetrain.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:49 PM   #8
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Looks great. The previous Touring was a nice car let down by its drivetrain.
Yep. I still have chills from how god-awful that 4EAT was.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:00 AM   #9
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I'll stick with BMW's definition of "touring" thankyouverymuch.


http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/10/b...ops-some-camo/
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:32 AM   #10
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I'll stick with BMW's definition of "touring" thankyouverymuch.

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/10/b...ops-some-camo/
Yes, even with the camo in place you can see a good bit of glass area between the C- and D-pillars. I'm getting tired of this long-running trend of shrinking windows and rising beltlines; they really compromise outward visibility.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:05 AM   #11
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This reminds me of how the Vibe/Matrix went from having visible space between the C- and D-pillars to not:
PLUS the redesigned Matrix managed to gain almost 300 pounds. Toyota pretty much ruined the car, and the 1.8L mated to a 4-speed auto completely sucks (had to drive one for a rental one week)
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:00 AM   #12
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I'll take one with a turbo sir.

If the final product looks even remotely like that rendering I think I've found my future car.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:05 AM   #13
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Before you get TOO wound up lark, it seems that there is another Elantra "touring" in Europe.

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:27 AM   #14
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Before you get TOO wound up lark, it seems that there is another Elantra "touring" in Europe.



Still just a vestigial window back there and the space between the back of the rear door and the tail is, at least visually, shortened (will need to check numbers). Five-door hatch != wagon.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:13 PM   #15
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Hyundai has released shots of the European i30 Hatchback ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut, but the company has kept mum on whether or not the eventual production car will make it to U.S. showrooms as a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Hyundai’s official press release talks up the influence of the company’s fluidic design language, but apart from a new grille insert and some slightly different headlamps, the new i30 closely resembles a 2011 Elantra from the B-pillars forward. We’ve yet to see any rear photos of the car, but it appears the new i30 wears a shorter, stubbier tail and a more angular roofline than its predecessor.

We’re happy to report Hyundai’s design renaissance permeates that shapely skin, providing the i30 with a cabin that looks far more upscale than its price tag suggests. While the general shape and arrangement of the i30’s dashboard mimics that of the Elantra, the center stack seems to be an all-new — and perhaps slightly more conservative — design. As is the case with the U.S. market Elantra, premium amenities — including both leather seating surfaces and a navigation system — appear to be available on the i30.

Thus far, the automaker isn’t releasing any mechanical specifications, but expect the typical glut of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines to be offered in Europe. We wouldn’t be too surprised if Hyundai’s 1.6-liter I-4 and 1.7-liter turbo-diesel I-4 — currently offered in the European i40 wagon — work their way into the i30 range.

The i30 will formally debut next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but will it come to America? Hyundai isn’t saying one way or another, but there’s some indication this could very well become the next Elantra Touring. We’ve heard officials mull a next-gen ET for our market in the past, and a spokesperson recently told us we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw “something” next year.

Until then, you be the judge. Should the shapely i30 come to our market and expand the Elantra’s portfolio? Do you prefer the wagon-ish looks of the current Elantra Touring, or the i30’s shapely form? Send us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Old 09-08-2011, 03:47 PM   #16
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that looks really decent.
hope the back isnt fugly
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:27 PM   #17
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I'd buy that in a second.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:09 PM   #18
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another winner from Hyundai...

very nice indeed. If I were Toyota and Honda I would be ****e-ing it right now...
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:00 PM   #19
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Hyundai got the styling right these days. I love it.

But gotta understand, not everyone want aggressive styling. Many still prefer conservative business type, such as the Corolla and Civic. well the impreza has always been ugly and quirky, not a comparison.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:22 AM   #20
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Love that blue hatch, looks awesome! Nice touch with the LED running lights in the foggers
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:09 PM   #21
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Hyundai is one of the top 5 auto manufacturers in the world. They run full blown design studios in Korea, US, and Germany. The car you see here was designed in Germany, as far as I know. Subaru, on the other hand, is a tiny company.
people having been using that excuse for subaru for way too long now. no company starts out big. the fact that subaru isnt being innovative will stagnate their own growth. this is self inflicted.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:10 AM   #22
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nice!i love it.,Im definitely gonna buy one when it comes out.
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:12 PM   #23
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That looks very nice. Hyundai needs to re-enter the WRC. I can totally see this converted into a mean looking WRC version

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Old 09-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #24
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Elantra Touring.

with 2.0T (250-ish HP)....LSD....6-speed stick.

Would buy for 25k tomorrow.

However, I'm not exactly holding my breath,
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hyundai = "most improved" carmaker over the last decade by a mile.....
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