NEW GEN HYUNDAI ELANTRA 2021 - Features, Images, Performance
The new gen Elantra has been recently unveiled by Hyundai globally at an event in the United States. The premium sedan is now based on the new K3 platform making it longer, wider as well as lighter than the outgoing model. The design is a sharp departure from the outgoing sixth generation. The Elantra will begin its production in the later half of this year. The production will take place in Hyundai’s factories at Ulsan, Korea and Alabama, United States. Elantra in India has a different story altogether.
The current generation does not look outdated as it came 16 months after its debut, so we can expect the new Elantra to arrive in India sometime in 2021.
The new Elantra borrows some of its design elements from the new Sonata that was revealed last year. It looks much more stylish and premium than ever before. Hyundai calls it the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ styling. The changes in design can be attributed to a new 3D cascading front grille, sweptback LED headlamps with integrated DRLs, and a new bumper that sits quite low. Sharp character lines present all around the sedan makes the overall design aggressive.
The Elantra sits on new 17 inch diamond cut alloy wheels. As we move towards the rear, it gets a coupe-like roofline. The tailgate seems to have been borrowed from a concept car. The protruding tail section doubles up as a boot-lid spoiler. The LED tail lamps are connected by a LED strip. Hyundai has given a glossy black treatment for the underbody cladding and the exhaust tips.
Coming to interiors, the Elantra gets a reworked cabin and a new dashboard. The new Elantra is all the more appealing in terms of features. It is all the more spacious thanks to a longer wheelbase. It gets wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 10.25 inch display cluster and a 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system, multifunction steering wheel, ambient mood lighting, long door center trim, 8 speaker Bose sound system, wireless phone charging and a ‘Digital key’ smartphone app. Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car technology is an optional feature.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The new Elantra continues to be powered by a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, paired to a CVT automatic. This time, the Elantra also gets a hybrid powertrain. The Elantra hybrid gets a 1.6 litre GDI petrol engine coupled with a 32 KW electric motor to yield power and torque output of 139 hp and 264 Nm respectively. This engine is mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The EPA estimated efficiency rating is 21.1 kmpl.
In India, Hyundai might also offer the 1.5 litre diesel engine, given that it continues to offer the diesel fuel option in smaller cars. The Elantra is likely to be offered with both manual and automatic transmission. The turbo petrol engine is also given on cards, given that Hyundai has come up with a turbo petrol engine across its line-up.
The new Elantra gets a number of safety and driver assist features that include automatic emergency braking, rear view camera, Blind-spot collision avoidance assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Changing Assist (LCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Smart Cruise Control (SCC).
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