Speaking at a dealer meeting in San Francisco, Hyundai confirmed it would launch two new models by January 2012 - a two-door version of its recently launched Elantra small car and a replacement for the Azera large car.
The Elantra coupe will be the first to launch and is scheduled to arrive on dealer lots this spring. Although no details were revealed, it is believed the coupe will be powered by the same 148 horsepower 1.8L four-cylinder used in the Elantra sedan, which should net at least 40mpg on the highway. Given the spring launch date, expect to see the Elantra coupe at next week's Chicago Auto Show or the fast approaching New York Auto Show.
In addition to the Elantra coupe, Hyundai also confirmed a revised version of the Azera sedan would be hitting dealerships in January 2012. The next-generation Azera will be powered by a new direct-injection 3.3L V6 that will produce 260 horsepower and achieve better fuel economy ratings than the current car. Hyundai expects to sell 18,000 to 20,000 units of the new car in the U.S. per year, up from last year's tally of 3,051.
Although revealed under a different nameplate, the 2012 Azera has already been revealed as the Hyundai Grandeur in Korea.
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