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by Tim Beissmann

UPDATED 10:30 May 1 with comment from Hyundai Australia.

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra (Avante in overseas markets) has been unveiled at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea.

The show car teams a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s 1.6-litre Gamma direct-injection four-cylinder engine for 103kW of power and 166Nm of torque. Hyundai is yet to reveal fuel economy or emissions figures but claims the Gamma GDI engine is more frugal than most similar-sized petrol units.

The vehicle’s “fluidic sculpture” design language gives the new Elantra a tight, aggressive appearance and is a significant improvement on the outgoing model. It fits naturally in the range below the i45 (Sonata replacement), which is due to be launched locally this quarter.

The Korean-specified show car featured high-intensity-discharge lamps and LED tail lamps, heated rear seats, and an LCD information screen in the dashboard.

The Avante will go on sale in Korea in the second half of the year and in export markets closer to 2011.

A spokesman for Hyundai Australia told CarAdvice that it currently has no information about the new Elantra but is investigating the car for a local launch.

He confirmed the existing Elantra will remain part of the range until a replacement is introduced.

The Elantra is currently Hyundai’s best-selling global vehicle with more than six million finding homes since its launch 20 years ago.

Elantra sales in Australia have largely been cannibalised by the newer i30. Throughout the first quarter of this year, Hyundai sold just 671 Elantras compared with 8720 i30s.




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