Essentially a rebadged Avante, the Elantra features a Fluidic Sculpture design with four-door coupe styling.

Hyundai has unveiled the redesigned 2011 Elantra at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Essentially a rebadged Avante, the Elantra features a 'Fluidic Sculpture' design with four-door coupe styling. This gives the car an exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.28 which bests the highly-touted Chevrolet Volt.

Inside, the cabin has quality and craftsmanship that puts the old car to shame. Entry-level models are sparely equipped, but the range-topping Limited boasts heated leather seats (front and rear), air conditioning, and a 172-watt audio system with iPod/USB/Bluetooth connectivity. Other options include passive entry and GPS navigation.

Under the hood, power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 131 lb-ft (177 Nm) of torque. It is mated to standard six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is optional), which gives the car a hybrid-like fuel economy rating of 29 mpg city / 40 mpg highway.

On sale later this year, the Elantra will be priced from $14,830.

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