This is the all-new Hyundai Elantra, and after having looked at pictures of it for the last year or so, you can now look at one at your nearest Hyundai dealership and even buy one, starting today.
Hyundai is not using the 'all-new' tag without reason\: the Elantra had its midlife refresh some time ago, and this is a generation change for the swoopy mid-sizer. If you liked how bold and outward-thinking the previous one looked, you'll notice right away how much softer this one is in terms of appearance. Hyundai doesn't talk about 'Fluidic Design' any more, and it's apparent that there has been a change in the design team's plans. Still, you have to admit this is still a swordfish in a pond full of goldfish.
It's based on a new platform, and has grown in size\: it's longer and wider than the car it replaces, and also marginally lower. The growth should translate into more interior space, and that's never a bad thing.
There's a new 2.0-litre petrol engine, a four-cylinder unit that churns out 150bhp and 192Nm of torque, while the 1.6-litre, 126bhp, 260Nm diesel is a straight carryover. A six-speed manual is on offer, as is a six-speed automatic – yes, with the petrol and diesel engine. The diesel, says Hyundai, will do 22.5kpl, and we hope the new petrol is frugal as well, because the new Elantra has a smaller 50-litre fuel tank. The auto 'box also adds two drive modes\: Eco, for when you're tootling about, and Sport, for when you're in the zone.
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Feature-wise, it has got everything Hyundai could find at the local supermarket\: the top-of-the-line SX (O) trim packs in HID headlights with LED DRLs, projector fog lamps, LED tail-lights, 16-inch gunmetal alloys (standard across the range), dual zone auto climate control, ventilated front seats, reverse camera with rear parking sensors, 10-way adjustable powered driver's seat, leather upholstery, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay (depending on which side of the smartphone war you stand), rear AC vents, auto cruise control... we could go on, but I'd have to skip lunch to complete the list. Safe to say it's loaded to the windows.
It's not like Hyundai hasn't focused on the safety aspect. It says the new Elantra's structure is much stronger than before, the top variant gets six airbags (the other trims get two), ABS and electronic stability control are present, as are disc brakes all around.
Prices start at Rs 12.99 lakh for the base S petrol, and go all the way up to Rs 19.19 lakh for the top diesel auto (ex-showroom, Delhi). These are introductory, and are valid only till December, so if you're not quick with your purchase, you'll end up paying slightly more.Introductory prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)\:PetrolS\: ?12.99 lakhSX\: ?14.79 lakhSX AT\: ?15.89 lakhSX O\: ?16.59 lakhSX O (AT)\: ?17.99 lakhDieselS\: ?14.79 lakhSX\: ?16.39 lakhSX O\: ?17.69 lakhSX O (AT)\: ?19.19 lakh