If you’ve been contemplating to buy a car below RM100,000, there’s one more option added to your shortlist. Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) just unveiled the Inokom (Hyundai) MD Elantra in the local market. The car will be available in four variants and two engine options. Buyers can choose between a 130bhp 1.6-litre or a 150bhp 1.8-litre powerplant. The 1.6 gets a six-speed manual in standard trim while all other variants get a six-speed auto as standard.
Prices start with RM86,888 for the 1.6MT Standard variant while the 1.6AT Standard is priced at RM91,888. The 1.6AT High Spec will set you back by RM96,888. The 1.8 is only available as a fully loaded Premium variant, priced at RM111,888.
The car has been highly anticipated following HSDM’s announcement late last year. The fifth generation Elantra falls in the C-segment and the new car is characterised by Hyundai’s prevailing ‘fluidic’ design philosophy. There are flowing surfaces all around and a coupe-like roofline. It is actually a striking design and the car is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, giving it a sporty stance. The interiors too are well put together and there is a contemporary feel inside. The top of the line variant gets a touchscreen audio system with sat nav and iPod compatibility as well as nappa leather upholstery and a sunroof.
We’ll reserve the verdict till we actually test the car, but the first impressions are encouraging for the Korean brand that had a huge gap in its lineup below the Sonata and the Tucson. The Elantra sure spells value for money right at the first glance and that’s enough reason for the competition to start worrying.