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Hyundai just revealed its final production model of the new 2011 Avante (Elantra), which will begin sales next week in South Korea. The new 2011 Hyundai Avante resembles the Sonata in many ways, but only smaller, which will compete in the compact sedan segment in the same league as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The all-new designed 2011 Avante may be the next generation of the Elantra compact sedan that will be sold in the U.S. As for now, the current price range set for the 2011 Hyundai Avante in South Korea is from 14,900,000 Won to 19,500,000 Won, which is about $12,600 to $16,500. But of course, import cars to the U.S. will be added a tax of around $2000 to $3000 or so.
The new 2011 Hyundai Avante is powered by the Gamma 1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine, which produces about 140-horsepower at 6,300 rpm and a maximum torque of 126.5 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, and a six-speed automatic transmission is available an as option. And it has a combined fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon.
The 2011 Hyundai Avante comes in variety of trims, but some of the features available as optional and standard equipment such as the Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) for parallel parking, HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps, LED lamps at the back and heated rear seats.
No specific details of the release of the U.S. Elantra version, but it is expected to be available in U.S. by the early of 2011.