Hyundai Elantra Coupe going to Chicago Motor Show image

The South Korean based automaker Hyundai is planning to introduce the Elantra Coupe at the Chicago Motor Show in February, 2012, with the new model being expected somewhere around 20 percent of Elantra sales, but the figure doesn’t actually include the Touring hatchback.

Even if there’s no official word on the powerplant, performance or fuel consumption of the future Elantra Coupe model, the fifth generation of the model in its two-door shape is expected to use the same 1.8 liter engine as the four-door version, developing 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque, with an estimated mileage of 29 / 40 mpg US.

“The Coupe will have a sporty feel with different gearing, as well as a sportier trim (compared to the Elantra sedan). Think of it as turning the knob from 3.5 to 4.5 on the performance dial. Not up to 10.”, said the Hyundai Motor America CEO, John Krafcik.

The new Elantra isn’t that new actually and it’s known in Europe as the Hyundai i30 but besides the two-door version of the model, the South Korean based automaker is also planning a five-door variant which might be called the Elantra Touring. Sadly there’s no more official news about the upcoming Hyundai Coupe but more details about the model will be announced at its 2012 Chicago Motor Show debut.