2016 Hyundai Elantra features new design, best-in-class diesel mileage and improved features; deliveries to start from September
For years, the executive sedan segment has some of the big guns in the industry fighting it out for ultimate supremacy. In the midsize sedan space, where Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz are at, Hyundai is likely to launch the new-gen Verna next year but before that the second largest automaker in the country will be aiming to strengthen its position in the slightly upper side of the market with the sixth generation of the global bestseller, Elantra.
Lauded as the ‘Best Elantra Ever Made’ by Hyundai, it has been quite a hit in the home market of Korea ever since the launch last October with over 15,000 units retailed and Hyundai has set a target of selling 1,10,000 units initially per year. Extensively being shipped to foreign markets, about 5,90,000 units of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra is expected to reach customers in its first full year.
With a fresh and luring design language, new platform, improved dynamics and features list for the new generation Elantra, the Korean manufacturer will be setting the targets up high. It recently earned an award for International Design Excellence and a highly appreciable ‘Top Safety Pick+’ maximum rating in the crash tests conducted by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Here’s everything you must know about the upcoming executive sedan that will be aiming to knock off the top-selling Toyota Corolla Altis and Skoda Octavia:
2016 Hyundai Elantra India Launch
The new generation Hyundai Elantra has been launched in India today and has created a huge buzz in the Indian auto industry.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Price
The 2016 Elantra is priced between Rs. 12.99 lakh and Rs. 17.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the petrol variants while the diesel prices start from Rs. 14.79 lakh and goes up to Rs. 19.19 lakh for the range-topping AT model (all, ex-showroom prices). The new-gen Elantra sedan comes in a total of five variants namely S, SX, SX AT, SX(O) and SX(O) AT in both petrol and diesel options.
Competition wise the Chevrolet Cruze comes with a price range of Rs 13.95-17.46 lakh while Skoda Octavia is sold at Rs 16.27-21.99 lakh, VW Jetta at Rs. 14.78-20.89 lakh, Toyota Corolla Altis at Rs.13.79-18.67 lakh and the Renault Fluence at Rs 15.19-16.82 lakh. (All above prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi).
2016 Hyundai Elantra Engine, Specifications and Mileage
Offered in two choices of petrol (1.6-litre GDI and 2.0-litre MPi) and a diesel (1.6-litre VGT), the new Hyundai Elantra comes featured with either a six-speed automatic for the petrol variants or a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox for the diesel variants on the international markets. The American version also has a 1.4-litre turbo petrol.
However for India, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra will get two engine options a 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel (instead of 1.8 petrol and 1.6 diesel). The 2.0-litre MPI four-cylinder motor is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 152 PS at 6,200 rpm and a peak torque of 192 Nm delivered at 4,000 rpm. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder CRDi VGT diesel mill should develop 128 PS at 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm of torque between 1,900 and 2,750 rpm. The transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a next generation six-speed automatic gearbox.
The India-specific Elantra has a stiffened body shell with 53 per cent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) utilised in manufacturing. As a result, the torsional rigidity is increased by 29.5% and the bending strength by 25.3% helping in better handling and riding dynamics. The kerb weight from 1.3 tonnes could be lowered as well due to the AHSS and all these have led to improved fuel efficiency of 14.59 kmpl (MT) and 14.62 kmpl (AT) for petrol and best-in-class 22.54 kmpl (MT) and 18.23 kmpl (AT) for diesel.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Dimensions & Exterior
The upcoming Elantra measures about 4,610 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width, 1,450 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. Compared to the existing model it is a massive 60 mm longer, 25 mm wider and 20 mm shorter with identical wheelbase. The new generation Elantra rides on a new lightweight vehicle platform for improved riding dynamics.
Originally making debut at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show and then at the LA Auto Show, the Indian premiere was hosted at the 13th edition of the biennial New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year. The previous generation Hyundai Elantra was the first model to boast Fluidic design language in India but the upcoming executive sedan will stand more in line with the European market. It follows the design cues of Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 called ‘Dynamic Precision’ with smooth contour lines benefitting aerodynamically with class-leading drag coefficient of 0.29.
The bolder hexagonal grille with five vertical strips and slimmer stretched-back headlamps resemble the Genesis G90 sedan. The new headlamp cluster features static bending lights besides a tweaked bumper with vertically stacked LED Daytime Running Lights. The rear gets newly designed LED lights while the simpler side profile and new set of alloy wheels look a lot sporty than the outgoing model. The overall shape has been kept in tact.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Colours
Marina Blue, Polar White, Sleek Silver, Phantom Black and Passion Red are the five colour options new generation Elantra will be sold with.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Interior and Features
The complete overhaul of the interior features a new design influenced by the Sonata and the forthcoming Tucson with new centre console, buttons and dials. The driver-focussed and more upmarket cabin than the outgoing model will likely have an updated seven or eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and satellite navigation with BlueLink telematics and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Some main interior features include electric sunroof, front ventilated seat, engine start/stop button, dual zone FATC cluster ionizer, premium leatherite upholstery, rear AC vents, electrochromic mirror, aluminium pedals and premium door scuff plates among others. The new Hyundai Premium Assurance Program offers class-best 3 year unlimited kilometre warranty with services including free maintenance for 3 yrs/30,000 km, 3 year roadside assistance, 3 updates on Map Care ans as many times customers’ ‘home visit’.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Safety Features
Sticking by the ‘Safe-Drive Philosophy’, the safety features in the new Elantra are ABS with EBD as standard, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HSAC (Hill Start Assist Control), height adjustable front seat belts, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), six airbags including driver knee airbag, reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines and reverse parking sensors, impact sensing door unlock, speed sensing lock and much more.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Key Rivals
The new Hyundai Elantra will take on Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze, Renault Fluence and Volkswagen Jetta in the hotly-contested executive sedan segment.