We caught up with a Hyundai test group uduring a stopover in the Nevada desert, getting our first look at what appears to be the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Also on hand in the test group were a Honda Civic and a Kia Forte. The prototype's side-window profile shows a striking teardrop shape, and an attractive greenhouse arc. We also see evidence of design inspiration from the soon-to-be-released 2011 Hyundai Sonata, which, itself, will be getting a sloping, coupe-like roofline. In addition to this prototype's sleek profile, the headlights stretch well up the fender as on the new Sonata.
Should you doubt this prototype's identity as a Hyundai, you should know that our shooters were able to get a close-up shot of the decal embedded in the car's side glass, clearly revealing the Hyundai logo.
In the interior shot, after the jump, you'll get a glimpse of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra's interior, which seems to reflect the company's continued progress in interior design and materials. Even in this obstructed view, this cabin looks to be a step ahead of the Kia Forte's.