2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Palm Springs
This two-door coupe model of the Elantra sedan will attract more attention in the Coachella Valley than you might expect. The Elantra line-up, further expanding its appeal to savvy consumers, offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version such a huge success, while appealing to buyers who want to forgo the four-door for a a couple design. The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features.
The 2013 Elantra Coupe takes Hyundai’s dynamic “Fluidic Sculpture” design principles to the next level. “Fluidic Sculpture” design language replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front fascia opening and jeweled swept-back headlights give Elantra Coupe a lean, aggressive demeanor. Fog lights and available side mirror repeater lamps complement the view from the front.
From the side, Elantra Coupe conveys a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. SE model sporty five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts add a dynamic presence, while further accentuating the wedge profile. Just below the belt line, a prominent character line carries from the door through to the rear deck. Wheel arch creases give a subtle flared appearance around front and rear wheels, for a wide and aggressive presence. A beveled rocker panel rounds out the lean and muscular effect.
Designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, California, these sculpted surfaces serve to create a highly aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra Coupe is an exceptionally low 0.28 Cd, resulting in minimal cabin noise and optimal fuel economy.
Under the hood, the Elantra Coupe is powered by the same 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with an estimated 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque found in the Elantra sedan (145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque for Elantra Coupe PZEV). Thanks to advanced clean engine technology, most Elantra Coupes sold in California are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) by the EPA. The PZEV Elantra Coupe is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles, without the extra technological complexity and cost.
The 2013 Elantra Coupe can be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transaxle with SHIFTRONIC manual control. The six-speed automatic is 11 pounds lighter than Hyundai’s global five-speed. It is considerably simpler, having 62 fewer parts, for greater durability, lighter weight and lower cost. It also features an ultra-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 1.8-liter Nu engine, helps Elantra Coupe deliver improved fuel efficiency of 38 MPG. The Elantra Coupe’s six-speed manual transmission offers positive shift feel and further optimizes powertrain performance. Shifting performance is facilitated by durable triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, with double-cones for third gear and a single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.
Inside the Elantra Coupe, drivers will find Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in gauge clarity and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Seat construction uses lightweight materials and environmentally-friendly foam for further benefits to fuel efficiency. Heated seats are standard on all Elantra Coupes, while the SE model offers sporty aluminum pedals.
The 2013 Elantra Coupe represents a modern approach to the sporty coupe segment in Palm Springs. A youth-oriented design and premium features offered with Hyundai’s strong value proposition makes owning an Elantra coupe easier than ever.
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