The all-new Hyundai Elantra is now in the showrooms nationwide and three variants are available – 2.0 MPI Executive at RM116,388, 2.0 MPI Dynamic at RM120,588 and Elantra Sport with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine at RM131,488 (all prices excluding insurance, private registration in Peninsular Malaysia).
This is the sixth generation of the Korean sedan (also known as Lantra and Avante in some countries) and global cumulative sales have passed 10 million units since the first generation was launched in 1990. While the earlier generations had fairly conventional 3-box styling, the fifth generation saw a major transformation in the model’s looks when Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture” design philosophy. For the latest generation, the designers have made the car sleeker. It has an athletic presence from every angle while the prominent hexagonal front grille dominates an edgier front end and is framed by striking headlights. Front bumper air vents and LED daytime running lights provide more aggressive styling cues while the rear bumper has a sportier stance.
The aerodynamic profile of the car along with an innovative wheel air curtain, a smoother underbody structure with undercover and other features lowered the drag resistance to 0.27 Cd.
The platform is also new while the body structure has 53% Advanced High-strength Steel, 32% more compared to the previous model). This has increased torsional stiffness which benefits handling, ride comfort, durability, quietness and also safety but without raising overall weight.
For the two 2-litre variants, the powertrain uses the Nu MPI 4-cylinder engine which produces 152 PS/192 Nm with high efficiency claimed. The power delivery is through Hyundai’s own 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The Elantra Sport has a turbocharged Gamma T-GDI 4-cylinder 1.6-litre engine that generates 204 ps with 265Nm of torque available from 1500 rpm. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Eco, Normal and Sport modes allow the driver to adapt the throttle, transmission and steering to personal requirements and driving style.
The interior is more spacious and comfortable with the new ergonomically-designed cockpit having multimedia and control buttons placed within easy reach of 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. The new Elantra also has the biggest cargo space in its class with a volume of 407 litres.
A highlight of the new model is the segment-exclusive handsfree Smart Boot feature which automatically opens the bootlid. While some other systems require a specific action by the driver, the Elantra’s system activates when the driver (with the key fob in the pocket or handbag) approaches the rear of the car. An audible beep will sound three times and the bootlid will automatically open. It’s a great feature to have and once you use it, you’ll never want to get another car without it.
Apart from that, the new multimedia system is equipped with Android Auto and Apple Car Play for enhanced connectivity with compatible smartphones. The Elantra Sport gets more intelligent features such as an Auto Defogging System, Dual Zone Auto Climate Control and Rain-Sensing Wipers.
In addition to the stronger body structure and chassis and a 6-airbag system, the new Elantra has a comprehensive list of equipment to help the driver avoid accidents. This includes 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 (Elantra Sport only), a rearview camera, Parking Guidance System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Hillstart Assist Control.
All new Hyundai passenger vehicles come with a 5-year (or maximum of 300,000 kms) warranty and a 24-hour road assist service.
“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 favourable response from the market with this upgraded model as it offers the best value in its class,” said Lau Yit Mun, Managing Director of Hyundai Sime Darby Motors (HSDM).
HSDM has already built up stocks of the new Elantra and can deliver to customers before Hari Raya. Of course, don’t expect to get the car if you wait till the week before Hari Raya to confirm your order. In Malaysia, the process of purchasing a car takes many days, especially if you apply for a hire-purchase (H-P) loan. As financing is not done by HSDM but another party, how fast the loan can be approved is out of its control even if it has a car ready to be registered. So if you want your new car in time, you also need to book as soon as possible.