Proving all the speculations wrong, Hyundai India has finally revealed the official launch date of next-generation Elantra. The manufacturer has already started taking its booking and the sedan will be finally launched on August 23. The sixth generation Elantra is not a complete opposite of the current generation but, has received significant changes to improve the characteristics of the saloon. Hyundai Elantra next generation model will be based on a completely new platform which will help in providing better handling and performance.
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The new Hyundai Elantra is wider and longer compared to the current generation and the engineers have been able to provide a more quiet and durable ride, claimed by the company. Considering the power unit, the new Elantra will carry the same engine unit, 1.6-litre diesel engine which delivers 128 PS power but, with re-tuning, the engine might give up to 140 hp. Elantra’s ongoing 1.8-litre petrol engine might be replaced with a bigger 2.0-litre unit that will churn out 156 PS maximum power but, there is no official word from the company. Both the engines will be coupled with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
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The bulbous theme is now replaced with crisp character lines, which subdues the ongoing fluidic design philosophy of the South Korean automaker. The sleeker headlamps, larger, wide grille and coupe like sloping roofline has made a refreshed impact. In the cabin you will found leather upholstery, a 4.2-inch TFT screen on the instrument cluster, multi-function leather wrapped steering wheel, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and dual-zone climate control. On the safety front, ABS, airbags and traction control are kept standard across all the models.
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We expect that the Hyundai Elantra will be priced between INR 15.1 lakh and INR 19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). When on road, the sedan will be battling against the likes of Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla Altis. We don’t know how the next-gen Elantra will perform on road but, looks competent on papers.