Hyundai has announced it will construct an all-new five-door compact, named Elantra Touring, with deliveries starting in the spring of 2008 as a 2009 model year car.

Hyundai has announced it will construct an all-new five-door compact, named Elantra Touring, with deliveries starting in the spring of 2008 as a 2009 model year car. Hyundai executive John Krafcik said that "the 'Touring' name captures this all-new model's combination of high-function and fun-to-drive character."

Aside from the usual marketing jabbering of class-leading safety, which nonetheless is fairly impressive with six airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ECS) as standard, the Elantra Touring will  "have the most interior volume of any five-door in its class." It will feature a "unique sport suspension and steering tuned for greater response and handling" and offer the nice features such as a USB port, aux. jack and XM Satellite Radio as standard.

The Elantra Touring's main competitors will be the Toyota Matrix, Dodge Caliber as well as the Mazda 3.

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