Hyundai Announces 2009 Elantra "Touring" Five Door Hatch, Releases Sketch In Traverse City

Looks like the product news today out of the Management Briefing Seminars up in Traverse City comes to us today from the Korean automaker, Hyundai. Hyundai's John Krafcik, their North 'merican Veep of Product Development announced Hyundai's all-new five-door compact will be named the "Elantra Touring." Hyundai didn't just give us a name and a sketch drawing. Nope, they've also let us know (via the press release below the jump) the Elantra Touring will be powered by the same 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan and it's expected to reach dealers in the spring of 2008 as a 2009 model year vehicle. One last thing — Hyundai's calling out their proposed competitors as the Toyota Matrix, Dodge Caliber and Mazda3. Whatever happened to Hyundai's fight to the death versus Lexus as the next 'merican top luxe brand? Maybe that's happening next week. Full high-res shot of the sketch here.

HYUNDAI ANNOUNCES NAME OF FUTURE FIVE-DOOR

All-New 2009 Elantra Touring Moves a Popular Nameplate in a Sportier,
More Functional Direction

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Aug. 8, 2007 - Hyundai Motor America Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Planning John Krafcik, speaking at the Center of Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars, announced Hyundai's all-new five-door compact will be named "Elantra Touring." Elantra Touring will reach dealers in the spring of 2008 as a 2009 model year vehicle. The "Touring" name captures this all-new model's combination of high-function and fun-to-drive character.

Elantra Touring will once again extend Elantra's product line into the compact five-door segment. (The previous generation also featured a sporty five-door model). Elantra Touring will come with class-leading standard safety technologies, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and six standard airbags, including side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The vehicle will be the first compact five-door with standard Electronic Stability Control.

Elantra Touring will have the most interior volume (passenger volume plus cargo space) of any five-door in its class and will be powered by the same fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan. This newest Hyundai will also feature unique sport suspension and steering tuned for greater response and handling, while offering Hyundai's first USB port, along with a standard auxiliary jack and standard XM Satellite Radio®. Elantra Touring's competition will include the Toyota Matrix, Dodge Caliber and Mazda3.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 750 dealerships nationwide.