Hyundai’s executive saloon Elantra is undoubtedly one of the most modish-looking premium saloons in its segment. The Korean carmaker has now decided to replenish the Elantra’s appeal by bringing in the next generation Elantra, that promises to be better than ever, featuring a plethora of new technology and a new engine. It continues the Fluidic design philosophy of design and is wider and longer. The front facade gets redesigned projector head lights with LED guide light, which flanks the modified chrome-finished radiator grille. The revised body coloured front bumper features revamped fog lights along with air intakes. Body-painted external rear view mirrors come with integrated turn indicators. Besides the power-adjusting and power-folding functions, the ORVMs are also endowed with the electrical heating function. Chrome finishing has been done generously on the exterior. Other exterior fitments include a printed glass antenna and an exhaust with chrome finisher. The rear profile is equally captivating, thanks to the wrap-around taillights and the reflectors on the rear bumper. The coupe-ish roofline continues into the chiseled boot.
The plush interiors of this D1-segment car flaunt good leather seats, powered driver seat with lumbar support, and a one-touch sunroof. It is also equipped with two 12V sockets, rear AC vents, auto cruise control, cooled glove box, drive side controlled power window buttons, sliding armrest, tilt and telescopic steering column, etc. Elantra comes with an advanced audio system with a 2-DIN audio radio, CD and MP3 player. The system is well-connected with options like USB, Aux-in, Ipod cable, and Bluetooth. Other comfort features include, steering with audio remote and Bluetooth function, sliding front centre armrest with storage, push button start, auto dimming internal mirrors, electrically foldable wing mirrors, driver seat height adjuster, sunglasses holder, aluminum pedals, and so on.
Hyundai continues to offer the Elantra with existing 1.6litre diesel engine. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 126bhp of power and 260Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and also with a six speed automatic option. The petrol motor is a brand new offering, a 2.0litre inline four cylinder naturally aspirated mill. It churns out 150bhp of power at 6200rpm and 192Nm of torque at 4000rpm. This mill also comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic torque converter transmission. According to company claims, the 1.6litre CRDi, VGT diesel power train is very frugal in nature and yield best-in-class ARAI-rated fuel economy of 22.7kmpl. The petrol variant, on the other hand, is tuned to deliver slightly less fuel efficiency as compared to the diesel engine.
This car comes with disc brakes on front and rear axles, which work mutually with robust braking equipments such as anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution. The safety aspect is taken care of sufficiently, thanks to dual front airbags (in all variants), side and curtain airbags (SX and SX AT trims), rear parking sensors, impact sensing door unlock, clutch lock, rear defogger with timer, front height adjustable seatbelts with seatbelt pretensioners and ignition key reminder. The SX and SX AT trims also get electronic stability control, speed sensing auto door lock, vehicle stability management, and automatic headlight control. The only feature available exclusively in the SX AT trims is hill start control.