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2009 Hyundai Elantra

aneeshaneesh Posts: 43
edited August 12 in Hyundai
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
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  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
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    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.[1]

    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.


    http://www.hyundainews.com/Corporate_News/Corporate/08_08_2007_2297.asp

    Looks more sporty than the i30, based on the sketch...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    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?
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    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.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    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.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Expect a rebadged Kia C'eed.

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    It should look nice.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    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."
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Isn't the new xB larger than "compact" now?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    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. ;)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,707
    I was thinking of the Kia C'eed as I viewed the pictures of the Hyundai Elantra Touring. I wonder if the new Kia C'eed will have the ever-so-important ESC feature that so many are having thrombo's over these days?

    BTW-if you couldn't tell I don't see the intense need for ECS. My '08 Lancer GTS doesn't have it, although it is stock full of seveal other safety features, including whiplash-control headrests and side curtain airbags and side airbags. I even have a driver's knee airbag(as my trade-in, a '01 Kia Sportage 4X4 also had!). One of those features that, if just the right angle of collision occurred, would treat you right, eh?

    Both of these rigs looks promising and if my Lancer GTS wasn't so new and I put more miles on it, I would take a look at each of them.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    Actually, it's probably not the Touring. The Touring is most likely the 5-door Elantra wagon that was announced several weeks ago. The most telltale sign that the Touring is the wagon is in the window behind the C pillar--the shape of that window in the artist's sketch is like that on the wagon, not like that of the hatchback in the photos you shared.

    Also I doubt we'll get all the features shown in those photos, e.g. auto climate control.
  • musadomusado Posts: 3
    It is called I-30 in Korea. The name sounds like an interstate name, and that's probably why they just named it Elantra touring. Hyundai has officially announced that it will sell I30 in US as Elantra Touring. The touring is designed, developed and produced in Europe. I heard that it drives much like Volkswagen Golf and other european hatchbacks. I-30(the touring) and its sibling Kia Ceed are selling well in Europe, I heard. The touring should be pretty good.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Just as an aside, the new naming scheme is designed for the European markets but never really factored for the North American markets. IIRC, the i stands for innovation, and 30 is the size of the vehicle with respect to the class it belong, like the i20 will soon replace Getz when the new version debuts.

    Correct me if I am mistaken but I think in S. Korea, they are only calling this new car i30 (I've also heard of FD for its internal code name) but the rest of the lineup will be saved with its original name (i.e. Getz will still be Getz, which I think it's called the Click in the local market)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    Yes, that's the one, the I30. Here's a photo in an earlier post:

    tenpin288, "2007 Hyundai Elantra" #1432, 23 Apr 2007 2:49 pm

    Note the resemblance of the rear side windows to those in the artist's conception.

    Are you saying that the Elantra Tourings we get will be built in Europe and not in the ROK? The Ceed got a very positive review from one of the car mags recently, it was either C/D or MT. About the only thing they didn't like was the name. :)
  • I'm just assuming that's what we're gonna get -- the i30 wagon with minimal exterior changes. The feature list is what's drawing me in (I really want an affordable hatch with stability control, which is a lot to ask of the current market, apparently) but I wish it looked more like the Cee'd. That's the looker in my opinion.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Thanks for starting this. As you can see, I moved some recent posts from the 07 Elantra discussion here to help get started. Enjoy!
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Basically the concept to me looks like the i30 with an update. I hope we get the hatch but previous releases have stated the NA market will get the wagon.
  • jimityjimity Posts: 9
    Got it last night driving home:

    2009 Elantra Touring Video

    James
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    So this is based on the i30, right? Is it the wagon or the hatch verson?
  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    The 2007 4 and 5 door s Touring and s Grand Touring trims come with standard Dynamic Stability Control. Not available with the i or s Sport.
  • Are you all blind? Its a Kia Rondo.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Ummm, no, it's NOT a Rondo

    Rondo does not have the high taillight setup:

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,707
    to prove a point, joe97. It is a 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring and not a 2007 Kia Rondo.

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  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    The new Elantra Touring is interesting, but one thing Hyundai really needs to address is the engine and transmission. The Beta II engine is really past its prime, and Hyundai needs a new engine for the Elantra. Fuel efficiency or smoothness is not on par with other engines in its class. And, the car cries out for a well-matched 5-speed automatic instead of the current 4-speed.

    A move to an all aluminum engine (the Beta II uses an aluminum head, but still uses a cast-iron block), and a timing chain, in lieu of the timing belt, would be nice.

    It's all well and good that Hyundai develops new bodies and chassis, but a new engine is past due for this model.

    Re. the comparison to the Kia Rondo (known as the Carens in Europe). It's been widely discussed by Europeans that Hyundai was rolling out its comparable model soon. It is very much like the Rondo we get here in the USA, regardless of what others say. The high tailight setup is only a minor tweak, and helps differentiate it from the Kia. But, the chassis mechanicals are very, very similar to the current generation Rondo/Carens. The Rondo we get here in the USA is the 3rd generation Carens.

    Hyundai corporate tends to roll out new designs first with Kia. In fact, many of the underpinnings of the chassis and structural design of the 2007 Elantra sedan were first done with the current Kia Spectra generation. The current Spectra is NOT a design equivalent to the previous generation Elantra. Interesting isn't it on how and why Hyundai corporate does this.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    Hyundai already has a new line of I4 all-aluminum engines. It is surprising to me that they haven't made more use of them (except the 2.4L I4) in the U.S. Maybe they want to be sure about the reliability of the new engines before bringing them here, to the land of the 10-year powertrain warranty?
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Hyundai Elantra Touring Beach Cruiser Concept

    image

    Unfortunately, it looks like the US market is getting the wagon and not the hatch version of the i30. I might buy the hatch; the wagon is highly doubtful for me. If you strip off the paint job and the lowering springs, you have a very bland people mover along the lines of the Kia Rondo (although probably not even as big as the Rondo).
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    Besides a little larger back side window, and a little more length in the back (and a bigger cargo area), I don't see a lot of difference in appearance between the hatch and wagon. The hatch may look a little sportier, but the wagon will be more versatile. I like the looks of the Elantra touring much better than those of the Rondo. The Rondo looks a lot bigger and chunkier than the Touring, like a small minivan instead of a small wagon. I doubt the Touring will have a 3rd row seat, like the Rondo, but I don't need a 3rd seat as I already have a minivan when I need that many seats.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    The timing is a bit too early for a facelift but saw a shot of an Elantra with a different front. Looks like a preparation of an auto show:

    http://autopic.sohu.com/auto_images/piclib/85/11/Img1201185.JPG

    Saw it here: http://www.carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=19235&page=27
  • I talked to a Hyundai dealer today, and was told that the 5-door should be in the showroom in February. I hope he is right.

    Niels
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