The all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG]Current and near future C-Segment competitors are finished.

    [fimg=left][/fimg]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 18, 2010

    2011 Hyudai Elantra (Korean Model Shown).

    Hyundai released the North American version of its next “Super Model” in the form of the all-new 2011 Elantra. As previously discussed from the actual Korean release and US sneak peek, the 2011 Elantra includes the famous “Fluidic Sculpture” or Wind Craft design, advanced safety and possibly its most important attribute(s), an excellent looking car with great fuel economy at an affordable price.

    And yet another claim to fame, the Elantra continues to be on a fast four year development cycle vs. others 5 and even 6-year new vehicle production cycles.

    2011 Elantra Highlights
    • All-new fifth generation Elantra compact sedan.
    • “Fluidic Sculpture” design.
    • Launches with new 1.8L “Nu” engine and in-house designed and built six-speed automatic transmission.
    • 40 mpg highway on all models with A/T or M/T.
    • Best-in-class standard fuel economy.
    • Improved fuel economy by 18 percent over its predecessor.
    • More fuel efficient than Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.
    • “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
    Elantra is the fourth vehicle in Hyundai’s 24/7 version 2.0 product initiative (seven new models in the next 24 months), following on the heels of the all-new Tucson, Sonata and Equus.

    The 2011 Elantra represents a modern approach to the traditional compact sedan segment using emotional design and luxury features offered with Hyundai’s strong value proposition.

    Hyundai “Fluidic Sculpture” Design

    Elantra exemplifies Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design. “Fluidic Sculpture” considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. Elantra is an evolution of the design qualities found in Sonata.

    Successful sedans in the U.S. market all have a distinct silhouette and Day Light Opening (DLO – a designer's term for the side glass) and Elantra is no different. Along Elantra’s sides are Sonata’s flowing lines, with the addition of a strong undercut feature line starting at the front door. These lines, along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek roofline, create a memorable and spacious package. Flowing lines also lead to an aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra is an exceptionally low 0.28 that compares favorably to the Chevrolet Volt (0.29).

    Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Elantra a compact athletic face. The assertive stance is complimented by 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels and athletic proportions. Available fog lights and side repeater mirrors complete the distinct design. Elantra was designed at Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.

    Elantra’s fuel economy is 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, with the six-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission. These figures give Elantra a highway-only driving range of up to 500 miles.

    40 MPG Powertrain

    Under the hood, the Elantra is powered by an all-new 1.8L I4 four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque (145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque for Elantra PZEV). The Nu engine was developed to replace the 2.0L Beta engine from the previous generation Elantra. The Nu is smaller in size, weighs 74 pounds less and helps achieve an 18% improvement in highway FE when compared with its predecessor. Thanks to advanced clean engine technology, most Elantras sold in California, Oregon and several Northeast states are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) by the EPA. The PZEV Elantra is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles. The PZEV Elantra helps Hyundai meet its environmental commitments. Outside of these “green” states, the Elantra is available as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).

    Key Engine Components
    • Aluminum block and head
    • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
    • Variable Induction System (VIS)
    • Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
    • Electronic throttle control
    • Offset crankshaft
    The 1.8L features an aluminum block with a cast iron cylinder liner, cylinder head and crank. This unique configuration results in a block that is 30 percent lighter than an iron block, shedding more than 74 pounds off the entire engine weight, while still providing comparable strength.

    The 1.8L Nu also offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using D-CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft. They include a two percent improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency), two percent improvement in fuel economy (reduced pumping loss) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

    The application of a plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS), enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in an across-the-board performance increase. These result in a four percent improvement in performance, a 15 percent reduction in cost and 30 percent reduction in weight, when compared with aluminum.

    Another tool Hyundai engineers have incorporated into the next generation Elantra is an electronic throttle control. The electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage found in the previous generation Elantra with fast responding electronics. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.

    Hyundai’s first application of double-pipe plumbing (internal heat exchanger) is found in the Elantra. Double-pipe plumbing improves cabin cooling performance, while minimizing the capacity of the compressor, which further reduces fuel consumption. An external controlled variable compressor is also used to improve fuel efficiency versus an internal variable compressor.

    The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall for a one percent improvement in fuel economy.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra vs. Rivals

    2011 Elantra2011 Civic2010 Corolla2011 Sentra2011 Focus2011 Mazda32011 Chevrolet Cruze
    Engine1.8L I41.8L I41.8L I42.0L I42.0L I42.0L I41.8L I4
    Torque (lb-ft.)131@4,700128@4,300128@4,400147@4,800136@4,250135@4,500123@3,800
    MPG AT-MT (City/Highway)29/40 – 29/4025/36-26/3526/34-26/3527/34-24/3125/34-25/3524/33-25/3322/35-TBA

    2011 Hyundai Elantra 6-Speed AT and MT

    The 2011 Elantra can be equipped with a six-speed manual (standard) or automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control, the first small car in the Hyundai lineup to receive a six-speed automatic. Hyundai is also only one of four global car manufacturers building their own unique six-speed automatic transmissions.

    The all-new 6-speed AT is 11 pounds lighter than Hyundai’s global five-speed and 17 pounds lighter than the five-speed automatic found in Honda Civic. It is considerably simpler, having 62 fewer parts, which is a key to increased durability, lighter weight and lower cost. It also features a super flat torque converter that shortens the unit's overall length by 0.43 inches, while being 2.6 pounds lighter.

    This transmission mated to the 1.8L engine helps Elantra deliver improved fuel efficiency - 11 percent more than its closest competitors and a four percent gain in fuel economy.

    The 2011 Elantra’s six-speed MT is also all-new and provides crisp shifts and further optimizes engine performance. These crisp shifts are courtesy of triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, double-cone for third gear and single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Overall Dimensions

    The all-new Elantra rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, just two-inches longer than the previous generation. Its overall length has increased by 0.9 inches to 178.3 inches, with the 69.9-inch width remaining the same. The height has been lowered by 1.8 inches to 56.5 inches, without affecting headroom. Consequently, Elantra maintains its “class above” status when it comes to interior room, in comparison to Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. In fact, the Elantra is rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a mid-size car, not a compact.

    Elantra’s total interior volume of 110.4 cubic feet beats the 2011 Honda Civic sedan, 2011 Nissan Sentra, 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, 2011 Ford Focus and 2011 Toyota Corolla. Surprisingly, it even surpasses the Acura TSX (107.1 cu. ft.), Nissan Maxima (110.0 cu. ft), and VW Passat CC (109.3 cu. ft.) in total interior volume. Ultimately, the long wheelbase allows for compact car efficiency with mid-size car comfort. An example of this is found in the long seat track, delivering best-in-class front seat legroom. Elantra’s trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic and Corolla.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Volume Comparison

    2011 Elantra2011 Civic2010 Corolla2011 Chevrolet Cruze2011 Sentra2011 Focus
    Passenger Volume (cu. Ft.)95.690.992.095.097.493.4
    Cargo Volume (cu. Ft.)14.812.012.315.413.113.8
    Total interior (cu. Ft.)110.4102.9104.3110.0110.5107.2

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Chassis Design

    The all-new Elantra is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a light weight coupled torsion beam rear suspension for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort. A 23.0 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering.

    All Elantras have column-mounted, motor-driven electric power steering that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in. Elantra’s turning diameter of 34.8 feet is better than Corolla’s at 35.6 feet.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Weight Reduction and Comparison

    World-class weight efficiency was one of the program targets for the Elantra engineering team. In fact, the 2011 Elantra leads all of its competitors in weight efficiency. Hyundai engineers also targeted leadership in power-to-weight ratio. Having these targets paid huge dividends in both performance and fuel economy.

    VehicleCurb Weight (lbs.)
    2011 Hyundai Elantra2,661
    2011 Ford Focus2,623
    2011 Honda Civic2,630
    2011 Mazda32,859
    2011 Toyota Corolla2,723
    2011 Nissan Sentra2,862
    2011 Chevrolet Cruze3,031

    The Elantra’s widespread use of high-strength steel provides a 37 percent increase in body stiffness at a lower body weight. High-strength steel allows the suspension to work optimally. At 2,701 pounds, the automatic transmission Elantra GLS is lighter than its competitors, while offering more interior room than Focus, Cruze, Civic and Corolla, with body-bending rigidity 50 percent higher than the Corolla. This weight efficient unibody architecture allows for Elantra to achieve an estimated 40 mpg EPA highway rating, without the need for a special eco model.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior

    Inside the Elantra, you will find Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in the clarity of the instruments and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The seats help fuel economy and the environment, being made of lightweight, environmentally friendly foam. Heated seats are available in the front and the rear, a segment first. Not only does Elantra have multiple storage areas, but it delivers useable storage capacity.

    The 2011 Elantra GLS has a two-tone interior. Gray and beige are the two GLS interior color choices. The Limited trim adds a monotone black interior. All Elantras have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look and feel.

    The Elantra is available with two audio systems. Standard is a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A 360-watt system with external amplifier is optional.

    Touch-screen navigation is available on GLS and Limited trims and includes a high-resolution 7.0-inch screen and voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone. The sound system plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit. The XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather®, XM Stock Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. The system also integrates a rear-view camera, which cannot be found on the Honda Civic or Mazda 3. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB rather than a CD to be displayed on the system’s home screen.

    Elantra owners can also get premium features, such as a proximity key with push button start and immobilizer, power sunroof, one touch driver’s window and leather seating surfaces.

    This modern, sophisticated interior is also quiet.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra NVH and Competitive Comparisons

    NVH2011 Elantra2010 Corolla2011 Civic
    Idle Vibration (wheel)106107108
    Idle Vibration (floor)959697
    Idle Noise394042
    Road Noise747576
    Interior Noise (68 mph wind tunnel)63.765.364.1

    The all-new Elantra is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a light weight coupled torsion beam rear suspension for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort. A 23.0 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Advanced Safety

    Elantra was one of the first compact sedans with ESC when it launched in July of 2007. The 2011 Elantra now takes compact car safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS).

    VSM works to control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides 8 Newton meters of counter steering. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering. ESC is still not standard on the 2011 model year Civic.

    Elantra features seven airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, knee and front and rear side curtain airbag.

    The Elantra also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes (Civic, Jetta and Corolla still feature rear drum brakes) and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions. This package delivers shorter braking distances from 60 miles per hour than Civic, Corolla and Mazda 3.

    Elantra engineers even looked at something as simple as the parking brake, having introduced Hyundai’s first integrated rear parking brake caliper for weight reduction.

    In terms of passive safety, the Elantra has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones and the rear doors have internal dual beams unlike some of its competitors.

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Pricing - Where the competition weeps

    The all-new Elantra offers modern design, loads of comfort and convenience features, and is an outstanding weapon against gas prices all with a low starting price of $14,830.

    2011 Elantra vs. 2011 Cruze vs. 2011 Fiesta Pricing and FE Comparison

    ModelTransmissionMPG (city/highway)MSRP (incl destination)
    Fiesta SMT28/37$13,995
    Fiesta SAT29/38$15,065
    Fiesta SEMT28/37$14,995
    Fiesta SEAT29/38$16,065
    Fiesta SEAT – SFE29/40$16,760
    Fiesta SELMT28/37$16995
    Fiesta SELAT29/38$18,065

    Cruze LSMTTBA$16,995
    Cruze LSAT22/35$17,920
    Cruze ECOMT28/4218,895
    Cruze ECOAT26/37TBA
    Cruze 1LTAT24/36$18,895
    Cruze 2LTAT24/36$21,395
    Cruze LTZAT24/36$22,695

    Elantra GLS (Standard)MT29/40$15,550
    Elantra GLS (Popular)MT29/40$16,800
    Elantra GLS (Popular)AT29/40$17,800
    Elantra GLS (Preferred)AT29/40$18,350
    Elantra GLS (Navigation)AT29/40$20,100
    Elantra LimitedAT29/40$20,700
    Elantra Limited PremiumAT29/40$22,700

    Note that the 40mpg Fiesta SFE costs $2765 above base price, the 42mpg Cruze Eco 6MT costs $1900 over base, yet all Elantra models offer 40mpg highway!

    2011 Hyundai Elantra Early Conclusions

    While we have yet to drive this particular vehicle, I can only imagine its competitors shaking their heads in disbelief as once again Hyundai releases a segment crushing value with std. size, features and amenities the others charge much more for.

    I would hate to be one of those competitors having to compete against this as of this moment, class leader.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 19, 2010
  2. chibougamoo

    chibougamoo Well-Known Member

    Hm, I can buy one Volt, or 2 1/2 Elantras. Or get one Elantra, and go on a fancy holiday each and every year I own it, with the savings. Hm ... looks like the real winner has poked her nose out from behind the curtain ...
  3. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

    Reads like a smaller Sonata, hate to just call it Sonata Light.:flag:
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010
  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    When cheap imports become higher quality than local, more expensive poo-piles the local industry dies.

    That's what happened to the British car industry. Of course the British industry also had the disadvantage of the population wanting the same small cars other countries had.

    Fortunately for the US car industry part of it has woken up to the threat from more expensive quality before the high-quality cheap imports arrived so it might last a bit longer.
  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Where do I sign, and when can I take it home?

    I'm really happy about the 4 wheel disc brakes, airbags and side impact door beams. Yes, really. :rolleyes: ABS will be nice as well.

    It has vastly more features than my old base-model Civic, better mileage, quieter, faster, bigger, safer... and any other -er you might want to apply.
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:
    Let me put the 2011 Elantra Launch into perspective. Even with all the BEVs/PHEVs/HEVs and conventional powered automobiles released or announced at the 2010 LA Auto Show, the "Most Significant" Car launch here in LA at the 2010 LA Auto Show was the 2011 Hyundai Elantra.
    Good Luck

  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I made a < 2-tank crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic proposal to Hyundai's exec's during the Elantra Private Party at the Figueroa Hotel last night... And all of them seemed really interested ;)

    Anyone have a week off and want to go for a ride?

    Good Luck

  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    What size is the fuel tank?
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Andrew:

    Stated cap is 14 gallons back calculated from a 560 mile total range during a little slip from a PR rep yesterday. And of course a little more for us! 15 + should be available with our methods of top off.

  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Jacksonville FL to San Diego is 2337 miles.

    Your Sonata trip was 210% of epa, so...

    210% of 34.5 mpg = 72.45 mpg
    72.45 * 14 gal * 2 tanks = 2028 miles.

    I've managed to put 13.8 gallons into my "11.9" gallon tank, so with an extra 15% range... 2351 miles. :D
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010
  11. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    Since no one is rushing to market with a low range, cheap BEV, the new Elantra may be my next purchase. Could be in the market next summer. Safe to assume it will be out in quantity by then?
  12. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    When would you foresee such a drive?
  13. killer6795

    killer6795 MazdaMiser

    Congratulations Hyundai on another great offering. They made it big on the inside, lightweight, and IMO very attractive. The only other car that it might be mistaken for is the Sonata - which is a car that always catches my eye (it happens a lot as the new Sonata's seem to be very popular in the Chicagoland area). Class leading indeed!
  14. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired


    Well, I wont say I want it more than everyone else, but I want it more than everyone else! :D
  15. joesgot4

    joesgot4 Well-Known Member

    i'm buying starting in march and going till i find what i want! right now its between elantra,2.chevy cruze eco,3.2012 ford focus! i'm leaning to the hyundai elantra! WHEN WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC?
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Availability? Very soon. Just a few months into the New Year in fact. By spring, they will be leaving the Hyundai dealership lots before they even pull them off the truck. It really is that nice of a compact/midsize car. Ok, C-Segment.

    Really, really nice car from an aesthetic perspective. Better looking then the 2011 Cruze and even 2012 Focus Sedan. Just a touch nicer than the Focus hatch imho.

    From an ergonomic perspective, better then both the Cruze and 12 Focus with larger rear passenger space (leg room) even with a tall driver up front. Good performance is almost guaranteed with 145 + HP on tap from the PZEV (3 + with the ULEV-II) and excellent fuel economy performance has already been demonstrated via the EPA specifications. Add in a CleanMPG driver and this thing is close to the Prius’ levels of fuel efficiency under suburban drive routes while better on the highway (trust me :D). And just like the Sonata, you get all of this at a price that just about anyone can afford!

    I just recorded a quick vid of a Silver 11 Elantra on the turn table. It looks way more expensive then a $15K car.

    Last edited: Nov 19, 2010
  17. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Very nice! My '02 Elantra weighs in at 2635lbs and the tank capacity is 14.5g... into which I have put 17g. ;) It is worth well over 70mpg in the right conditions -- how much do you think the new one is worth?? :D

    This vehicle is almost enough to make me want to wait a little longer on a BEV. Almost. ;)
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Sean:

    I think this is an 85 to 95 mpg car around suburban like traffic and maybe 70 to 75 mpg out on the highway thanks in part to its really light weight. The only place it would be held back to the EPA is deep inner city of any large urban center. Deep into downtown LA, Chicago and NY City where everyone gets killed maybe???

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010
  19. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    That sounds about right. I've been up to 77.2mpg in the '02 around town (I had it at 80mpg over 19mi before I hit the 3mi gauntlet of Anoka) and highway trips of 57mpg with segments up over 60mpg for lower speeds (hilly 47mph top speed P&G). I bet the new one could bust through the 100mpg barrier on occasion. :)
  20. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    It's impressive to see how far Hyundai has advanced in just a few short years.

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