Stay tuned to AutomobileMag.com later today for a full First Look at the new Elantra, but for now, here are the important bits. It’ll be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing some 148 horsepower (145 in California) and 131 pound-feet of torque (130 in California). Power will flow forth to a six-speed automatic gearbox with manual shifting capabilities or a six-speed manual before hitting the front wheels through a MacPherson strut suspension. The rear end will be held in place by a torsion beam design. Thanks to a slipper 0.28 drag coefficient, the new Elantra is rated at 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway regardless of transmission choice. And, of course, the sheet metal and interior are all new.
Tune in for our full First Look later today and stay with Automobile all week for our live coverage of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show beginning on Wednesday, November 17.