23 August 2016 Hyundai Motor India Limited has launched its much awaited Elantra executive sedan at Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The car is up against the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze, and Skoda Octavia among others. Hyundai has powered this new executive offering with both petrol and diesel engine and transmission option also include 6-speed manual as well as automatic gearbox. The car is made available in 5 different trim levels - S, SX, SX AT, SX(O), SX(O) AT. Engine options include all new 2.0-litre spectral Motors capable of putting out 155 PS although diesel unit is the same we have witnessed in other models of Hyundai displacing 1.6-litre and churning out 128 PS. 2016 Elantra although based upon the same old platform comes with improved design and styling language. The car looks more mature in its overall turnout and somewhere signifies the leaps in the design department of Hyundai have taken over the years.
We are witnessing an era of hatchbacks and SUVs with new models being launched by all major carmakers in India. Hyundai however has taken a step ahead in the executive sedan segment by bringing the 6th generation of its Elantra. The response to this car has not very encouraging so far but the Korean manufacturer has not given up on it. So the Elantra comes back with new looks and two engine options.
The diesel model has 1.6 litre CRDi engine that generates 126 bhp and 26.5 kgm of torque. And petrol Elantra gets 2.0 litre Dual VTVT engine that churns out 150 bhp and 19.6 kgm torque. Both of these come with options of 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic gearbox.
Are there any major design changes on the new Hyundai Elantra? For starters, it is 20 mm longer and 25 mm broader than the outgoing model. The new hexagonal grille is large with ample of chrome to please the masses. Hyundai logo and the number plate sit here.
The boomerang shaped housing for the new round fog lamps in the front attracts attention as this is another change from the earlier design. Projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights bear a new look which is more aggressive than that of curvy headlights we saw on old Elantra. On the bonnet, the creases create an appearance of intersecting lines.
Door handles have more chrome and the sedan gets 16 inch alloy wheels as standard for all its trims. Tyre size remains same as before that is 205/60 R16. The sloping roof merges nicely into the boot to give the Elantra a coupe like silhouette. Indeed, in its profile look, this Hyundai sedan presents a very refreshing image when compared with its competitors like Skoda Octavia and VW Jetta.
At the rear the slit and slightly wrap around LED tail lamps are in tune with the rest of angular design cues. The bumper sports long, slender reflectors. Variant badge is provided on the right side of the boot lid. There is a ‘shark fin’ antenna that looks sporty and Hyundai claims that it provides better signals. The top end variant has electric sunroof with pinch guard.
The cabin too has a welcoming feel with its black leatherette upholstery and the silver highlights on the dashboard. Seats feel comfortable. Driver seat height is manually adjustable in lower variants and has the added convenience of powered lumbar support in top 2 versions. Other comfort features include rear AC vents, defogger and rake + reach adjustment for the steering wheel. What’s admirable? Elantra is the only car priced under Rs. 20 lakh to come with ventilated front seats. There is a 5.0 inch touchscreen audio system for the base version and 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment screen in higher trims.
There is adequate space at the back too and three passengers can sit on rear bench seat. Head restraints are provided for all and the centre armrest has a couple of cup holders.
For safety, Hyundai equips the new Elantra with dual front airbags on all variants and extra side + curtain airbags on the top SX (O) AT variant. ABS & EBD is a standard feature as per segment norm.
The ARAI certified fuel efficiency of this sedan has been rated at 14.6 km/litre for the petrol and 22.5 km/litre for the diesel.
You get five colour options in the 6th generation Elantra - Marina Blue, Polar White, Sleek Silver, Phantom Black, and Passion Red.
At the time of launch, Hyundai has priced the car between Rs 12.99 lakh and 17.99 lakh for petrol line up. The price for diesel version ranges between Rs 14.79 lakh and 19.19 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The company has also stated that these prices will be raised at the beginning of 2017.
Elantra comes with a 3 year unlimited kilometre warranty together with roadside assistance, and maps update. What’s more, a 3-year / 30,000km free maintenance package is also being offered along with three home visits.