Following a teaser preview last month, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) today has taken the wraps off the all-new 6th generation Elantra.
Ranked among the top 10 best-selling model in the world, the Elantra achieved global cumulative sales of more than 10 million units since the introduction of the first generation in 1990.
“This all-new Elantra is evolutionary not just in its new design but in all the features that come with it. We are certain of receiving favorable response from the market with this upgraded model as it offers the best value in its class,” said Mr Lau Yit Mun, Managing Director of HSDM.
The completely redesigned all-new Elantra delivers an athletic presence from every angle. Its hexagonal front grille dominates an edgier front end and is framed by striking headlights. Front bumper air vents and the available LED daytime running lights provide more aggressive styling cues, while the rear bumper creates a sportier stance. Available High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights (for Elantra Sport only) not only provide sophisticated styling, but also offer optimized illumination for the bends and curves on your path.
The side profile is designed with a sense of sporty and coupe like silhouette while the rear is extremely impactful with eye-catching split type LED Tail lamps. The aerodynamic profile of the car along with innovative wheel air curtain, a smoother under-body structure with undercover applied to the entire floor plan and other advanced design package technologies have resulted in the Best-in-Class drag coefficient of 0.27.
The new A-Pillar design and attention to detail makes the interior more spacious and comfortable. The new cockpit is also ergonomically designed with multimedia and control buttons placed strategically for the driver. The driver-centric horizontal crash pad layout with T-shaped centre fascia and a subtle tilt towards driver’s seat ensures minimal driver movement for comfortable and safe driving. It also boasts the biggest cargo space in its class with a loading capacity of 407 liters.
The all-new Elantra comes in two powertrain options – Nu 2.0L MPI and Gamma 1.6L Turbo GDI. Powering the Elantra 2.0L MPI Executive and 2.0L MPI Dynamic is a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which delivers 152 PS and 192Nm of torque.The Elantra Sport on the other hand, is powered by the Gamma 1.6 Turbo GDI (T-GDI) 4-cylinder engine that generates 204 PS and 265Nm of torque, mated with an Ecoshift 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Elantra is now reinforced with 53% of Advanced High-Strength Steel (an increase of 32% as compared to the previous model) providing improved stiffness at a lower body weight. This increased utilisation results in a 29.5% stiffer torsional rigidity and 25.3% greater bending strength, which bring improvements in vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance.
Furthermore, the new Elantra increased structural adhesive application 40 times at higher stress points on the chassis and to reinforce welding areas. A component often found in aerospace applications, these structural adhesives also contribute to improved NVH and vehicle dynamics due to extra stiffness in the chassis. Hyundai engineers focused on these enhancements to develop a more rigid body structure in an effort to target top safety ratings by the IIHS and NHTSA.
In addition to the strengthened chassis, the Elantra makes structural improvements to the front side members that are now a hexagonal design and the dash-to-cowl connection has also been reinforced. The rear doors also feature dual impact beams.
A total of 6 airbags is standard, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, and ABS. Additional safety technologies include Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist (for Elantra Sport only), a rear-view camera, Parking Guidance System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Hill-start Assist Control.
To enhances driver confidence and convenience, the new Elantra feature segment-exclusive Hands-free Smart Trunk which allows the drivers to conveniently open the boot if their hands are full by simply approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket. An audible beep will sound three times, and the boot will automatically open, making it easy to place items in the cargo area.
Driver’s experience is also enhanced with Auto Cruise Control which makes long distance driving more comfortable as well as the 3 different drive modes namely Eco, Normal and Sport modes that allow the driver to adapt the throttle, transmission and steering to their driving needs. Apart from that, upgrades in this new model include a multimedia system that is equipped with Android Auto and Apple Car Play while the Elantra Sport gains more intelligent features such as an Auto Defogging System, Dual Zone Auto Climate Control and Rain-Sensing Wipers.
Available in 3 variants namely, 2.0 MPI Executive, 2.0 MPI Dynamic and the Elantra Sport, the all-new Elantra will be displayed at all Hyundai showrooms starting June 9, 2017, with test drive units also made available at the showrooms.
The on-the-road prices without insurance for the all-new Hyundai Elantra are;
• 2.0 MPI Executive – RM116,388
• 2.0 MPI Dynamic– RM120,588
• Elantra Sport – RM131,488
All Elantra variants are entitled to 50,000km of free service with a three-year validity. Aside from that, HSDM offers a 5-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty on all its new passenger vehicles. A 24-hour road assist service is also now available to new and existing Hyundai vehicles.
For more information or to place bookings, interested parties can head to the nearest sales outlet.