Hyundai showed the above photo of the next-generation U.S.-spec Elantra (and a staged, startled PR rep) with only a bit of sheetmetal exposed on Twitter today. The pictured four-door sports decently sized alloy wheels and boldly flared wheel wells.
The U.S.-market Elantra will be produced in Alabama but we’ve seen photos of the car, called the Avante in other markets, before. The U.S. car is expected to have 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines.
The 2010 Elantra starts at $14,865 and is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 138 horsepower. Fuel economy on the 2010 sedan ranges from 25-26 mpg in the city to 34-35 mpg on the highway. No doubt the new Elantra will improve on these figures in the 2011 model year.
Keep your eyes here for all your updates on the Hyundai Elantra and all the other debuting vehicles headed to the Los Angeles Auto Show.