Hyundai’s best selling car across the globe, the new generation Elantra (also known as Avante in some countries) was officially revealed today in South Korea. Making its global debut, the car you seen in the images is the KDM-spec 2016 Elantra.
Compared to the outgoing variant, new Elantra comes with a fresh new design. Speaking about dimensions, it is longer by 20 mm, wider by 25 mm and taller by 5 mm. This brings the length of new Elantra at 4,570 mm, width at 1,800 mm, and height at 1,440 mm. Surprisingly, in spite of being a new generation, the wheelbase has been kept unchanged at 2,700 mm.
Engine on board the new Hyundai Elantra will be in the form of 1.6l turbo diesel four cylinder engine generating 136 PS via six speed manual transmission. You also have the option to go for the seven speed dual clutch gearbox. Apart from the diesel mill, there is also a turbocharged 1.6l and 2.0l petrol options, generating 132 PS and 149 PS respectively. There is also a 1.6l LPG compatible petrol engine, which generates 120 PS.
The new design has enabled Hyundai to make Elantra much more aerodynamic, with drag co-efficient at 0.27 Cd.
Design wise, the new gen Elantra has a large hexagonal grille in the front, slim and sporty headlights, and clean surfaces, which gives contemporary but sporty feel. On the sides, there are chrome door handles on top end variants, while lower variants get body coloured door handles. New alloys adds to the sportiness of the car, so does the sloping roofline, shark fin antenna and trunk lid spoiler at the rear. Though there is only one image of the cabin yet, it seems that the interiors have not changed much.
Hyundai claims that the new Elantra sets new benchmarks in the segment, where interior comfort and features is concerned. Apart from the standard features which were on offer with the existing Elantra, the new Elantra also gets Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and High Beam Assist (HBA).