New Hyundai Elantra : 7 Things You Need To Know


New Hyundai Elantra is coming to the Indian shores today after a long wait. It was first unveiled at the 2015 Paris Motor Show. Elantra is the sixth bestselling car in the world and has been a runaway success for the Korean carmaker. The updated edition of Elantra carries exterior, interior and engine updates. It will be offered in a total of six trims and will be priced in the range of Rs 13-19 lakh. Here are the seven things that you need to know about this saloon:

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2016 Hyundai Elantra

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Magnificent exterior

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2016 Hyundai Elantra exterior

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Already one of the best looking sedans in its class, Elantra just gets better in its new avatar. 2016 Hyundai Elantra is 20 mm longer, 25 mm wider and 5 mm taller than the previous edition.

It was the first Hyundai car in India to flaunt the Fluidic design philosophy. New Hyundai Elantra features a more evolved fluidic design based on European lines. Inspired from Hyundai beauties like Sonata and Genesis, the car looks magnificent from all angles. The front fascia of the saloon has been given a higher cowl and a more conventional bonnet. The updated version also gets a new tail lamp cluster, a redesigned rear bumper and rear fenders apart from generous usage of chrome all over. In short, the car appears more premium than ever before.

Stronger than ever

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2016 Hyundai Elantra is stronger than its predecessor

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Hyundai Elantra in its revised version is stronger and offers better torsional rigidity. The monocoque of the car has now been made out of high grade steel. Its predecessor used 21% high-strength steel while this new version boasts of 53 % of high-strength steel. This radical change in the construction of this vehicle has made its chassis 30% stiffer. In keeping up with the stiffer chassis, the front suspension has been re-tuned for an improved steering feel at high speeds.

More sophisticated, Higher on comfort

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Sauve and sophisticated cabin of New Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai has made some radical changes to the cabin of new Hyundai Elantra. The car now sports a new dashboard that looks more sophisticated. The outlandish details carried by the earlier model have been done away with. The instrument panel, centre console and the steering now follow straighter lines and present a neat appearance. It offers a more driver focused feel as the centre stack is angled towards the driver at an angle of 7 degrees. The increase in the external dimensions makes new Elantra more spacious on the inside and offers better shoulder room, knee room and leg room to the rear passengers.

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Hyundai Elantra 2016 Interiors

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A large eight inch colour touch screen with Apple CarPlay fitted inside a chrome outlined panel is the main highlight of the cabin. Another unique feature hosted by the car is Smart Trunk System. With the key in your pocket, you have to go close to the boot and after a second, the tail lights will flash twice and the boot will open up automatically.

Top-notch safety features

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2016 Hyundai Elantra offers advanced safety features

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Safety features like ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, come as standard on this new model. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra offers optional safety features like Blind Spot Detection system, radar-based cruise control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane change Assist, rear view camera and Lane Keep Assist as well. It also comes with driver knee airbag apart from six other airbags.

Under the hood

New Hyundai Elantra is expected to be powered by a new 2.0-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine that pumps out 151 bhp of power and 190 Nm of peak torque. The diesel trims will be powered by a 1.6-litre CRDi unit that develops 127 bhp of power along with 265 Nm of peak torque. Both the petrol as well as the diesel engines will be mated with a six speed manual/automatic transmission as found on the present Elantra.

Fuel Wise

Offering a superb mileage of 14.6 kmpl from the petrol versions and 22.4 kmpl from the diesel versions, Hyundai Elantra is all set to become one of the most fuel efficient cars in this segment.

Amazing Performer

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Hyundai Elantra promises an amazing performance

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The sixth generation Elantra is more refined and smoother in its performance. The cabin is now more silent and the engine has a nice, strong bottom end that aids in offering a fulfilling driving experience. The car has surely come a long way through generations and the ride quality feels more solid now. High speed stability is good and the car easily takes long sweeping corners in its stride.

All in all, the new Hyundai Elantra is more competitive now and offers good value proposition. It has what it takes to give a tougher fight to rivals like Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla.