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2011 Hyundai Elantra spotted before LA reveal

Hyundai released a "spy shot" of the upcoming 2011 Elantra leading up to the LA Auto Show reveal, but we've already seen the goods.

The smallish Elantra continues the windswept aesthetic that debuted on Hyundai's larger Sonata sedan. The Elantra's face has an organic, shark-like feel with angry-eyed HID headlamps.
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We spotted this undisguised 2011 Hyundai Elantra on the streets of San Francisco.
We spotted this undisguised 2011 Hyundai Elantra on the streets of San Francisco. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Earlier today, Hyundai released a staged "spy photo" via TwitPic of its upcoming 2011 Elantra as a teaser for the compact sedan's reveal at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. We'd show you the photo, but we've got something even better: an undisguised 2011 Elantra spotted on the streets of San Francisco, not two blocks from CNET's offices.

As expected, the Elantra carries over many of the styling cues that debuted with Hyundai's larger Sonata, including windswept headlamps, a prominent flowing crease that runs the length of the vehicle's flank, and wide organically shaped tail lamps.

Also present were the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and 2.0T models, as well as a current generation Accent--which looked particularly dumpy compared with its svelte siblings. Check out the gallery above for more photos of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra and the upcoming 2011 Sonata models.