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2009 Hyundai Elantra

aneeshaneesh Posts: 43
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


  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248

    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.

    Looks more sporty than the i30, based on the sketch...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    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: 18,682
    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.


    It should look nice.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    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: 18,682
    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: 5,675
    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.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    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: 18,682
    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

  • 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.
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