SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest carmaker on Wednesday unveiled its new Avante tuning compact sedan and two-door Avante Coupe.
The two models are updates of Hyundai's very popular fifth-generation Avante that has been on the market since 2011. The compact is sold as the Elantra in some overseas markets including the United States.
The carmaker said the tuning model edition called the "Avante TUIX" features sporty and unique designs. It has front, rear and side skirts all designed to disperse air flowing under the car so as to improve traction. It dons a stylish waistline molding, new fuel caps and 17-inch tires with two-tone wheels.
The company added that it has incorporated red-colored brake calipers.
"Overall, the turning lends a 'sporty air' that is not found in the regular Avante and aims to give the car distinctiveness on the road," the company's press release said. Customers can ask for the changes when ordering their new cars or bring in their existing cars to local Hyundai after-sale repair shops for upgrades.
It said while the model is mainly designed for the domestic market, overseas buyers can request their dealers for similar body upgrades.
Added costs depend on how many add-ons the buyer wants. Various body kits cost from 750,000 won (US$696) to 850,000 won each, while wheels can cost up to an extra 1.1 million won.
The automaker, in addition, released the new 2014 Avante Coupe, which has new head lights, rear-combination lamps, improved interior materials, flex steering wheels that allow the driver to pick one of three driving modes, and new OLED displays.
The two-door car uses the same powertrain as the current Avante Coupe.
The updated version starts at 18.3 million won for the "smart" trim model, and goes up to 20.4 million won for the premium trim.