Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) will launch an all-new generation of the Elantra under the Inokom brand in early 2012 (February at the latest). The long-awaited sedan which will be assembled at the Inokom plant in Kedah under licence from Hyundai will be available with 1.6-litre Gamma and 1.8-litre Nu 4-cylinder petrol engines, both with Hyundai’s own 6-speed automatic transmission.
|Visitors to the 2010 KL International Motorshow got a sneak preview of the car|
A variant of the 1.6-litre Gamma engine which has direct fuel-injection in the new Elantra was recently picked as one of the 10 Best Engines of 2012 by Ward’s Auto, the second Hyundai engine to be on the list in the 18 years it has been compiled. However, the engine for the Malaysian model does not have direct injection at this time and fuel delivery is by multi-point injectors. Nevertheless, with continuously-variable valve timing (D-CVVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, the power output is a respectable 130 ps.
Since its introduction in April 2010, cumulative sales of the new Elantra globally have exceeded 103,300 units (as of June this year). From 2012, Hyundai expects to export 400,000 units annually.
No prices have been indicated yet but HSDM’s MD, Dennis Ho, says that the new model will have ‘exceptionally accessible pricing’.
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