The much awaited Hyundai Elantra 2016 has reached our shores. Starting at 12.9 lakhs, the car’s high end version can go high as up to 19.19 lakhs. The South Korean auto-manufacturer has added its fluid sculpture 2.0 design philosophy to the newly launched car. The result of which the Elantra has smoother flowing lines than its predecessor and a more pronounced and chiselled rear end.
For many unknown of the fact that Hyundai is also a steel manufacturing company and uses its R&D and high grade steel in their cars. Especially for the Elantra, Hyundai claims to use 53 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) that allows higher structural rigidity.
As mention earlier the design gets a refresh. For starters, the fascia looks sleeker and houses an Audi inspired huge front grille in chrome. Lets hope the Germans take this imitation as a form of flattery. High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with projector fog lamps, positioning lamps and LED daytime running lights (DRL) add quite a character to this car. The headlights are also equipped with ‘Follow me home’ feature wherein they stay on for sometime after you lock the car and walk away. The bonnet and the roof line sits lower than the ongoing model its said to have a lower coefficient drag value than before in turn maximizing stability and fuel-efficiency. Moreover, it is 20 mm longer and 25 mm wider as well.
Coming to the rear, you get LED treatment for the brake lights and turn indicators. The rear bumper houses the reversing sensors and there’s a shark fin antenna at the rear top of the car. It gets a “smart trunk” feature: if you stand behind the vehicle holding the smart key or tucked in your pockets for more than three seconds, the car would sense it and open up the rear trunk or boot lid for you. Quite a nifty feature in a case where you are holding luggage or a few things to be dumped in the boot. However, if you’re going there just for selfies, this feature can be problem. It would be interesting if it could sense your mind right? The boot is huge enough to take up to 458 litres of luggage.
In terms of interiors, the dash gets quite a makeover. Its now more streamlined and driver-centric. Fit and finish seems on par with the other cars in this segment. However, the plastics used inside the cabin takes away the premium touch to some extent. I would reserve my thoughts about that until we get to test it later though. The steering is typical Hyundai which we have seen in other cars like the Eilte i20 and the Creta with rake and reach adjustments.
We are a fan of Hyundai’s high quality steering control switches. The MID console is of 3.5″ inches sits in the centre of the meter console. The dashboard houses the 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, which doubles-up for reverse camera assist with parking guidelines. It has integrated navigation system and Apple car play and Android auto to hook up your mobile phones without wires. The car has armrests for both front and rear seats. The top-end variant gets an optional sunroof, which is a new feature missed in the ongoing model. Sound system is handled via Arkamys speaker system. Air-conditioning is dual zone FATC with cluster ionizer with rear vents. An exclusive segment first feature being the front ventilated cooled seats for a butt pleasing ride after an hectic day at office.
Here are some other noteworthy features:
ABS with EBD
Electronic stability control
Auto cruise control
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
Impact sensing door unlock-
In case of collision, the door unlock automatically for safe and quick exit to the passengers.
Electric seat adjustment.
Electro Chromatic Mirror inside with auto dimming
Gunmetal finish 16″ alloy wheels
A 2.0-litre petrol engine with all aluminum block developing around 152 ps of power and 192’nm peak torque. Hyundai’s proven oil burner 1.6-litre common rail technology diesel engine already seen on Verna, Creta, and the older gen Elantra is carried over. It churns out 128ps and develops peak torque of 260 nm. Both engines can be had with either an in-house developed 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The petrol AT offers a first-in-Segment ‘Drive mode select’ feature gives an option to the driver to choose between ‘Eco Mode’-for higher fuel efficiency or ‘Sport Mode‘ for added performance at the press of a button.
Hyundai Elantra petrol:
Elantra S: INR. 12,99,000
Elantra SX: INR. 14,79,000
Elantra SX(O): INR. 16,59,000
Elantra SX AT: INR. 15,89,000
Elantra SX(O) AT: INR. 17,99,000
Hyundai Elantra Diesel:
Elantra S: INR, 14,79,000
Elantra SX: INR. 16,39,000
Elantra SX(O): INR. 17,69,000
Elantra SX(O) AT: INR. 19,19,000
Petrol (MT)- 14.59 Kmpl Petrol (AT)- 14.62 Kmpl
Diesel (MT)- 22.54 Kmpl Diesel (AT)- 18.23 Kmpl
The Hyundai Elantra would be facing fierce completion by the likes of Toyota corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze, and Skoda Octavia in the Indian market. This is a feature rich and advanced technology sedan coupled with good economy. Hyundai has also introduced the Hyundai Premium Assurance Program (HPAP) offering best-in-class warranty with 3 Years Unlimited Kilometers for all the customers of All New Elantra. The program also offers Free Maintenance for 3 Years/30,000 kilometres, 3 years Roadside Assistance,
Colour options: Marina Blue, Polar White, Sleek Silver, Phantom Black, Passion Red.