The Hyundai Elantra was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show and all details including engine specifications have been revealed. The Elantra was earlier spied coming straight off the production line as we brought to you the details of this new model.
The Elantra has been given a refreshed look with slight changes in the shape of the body. The new HID bending lights features a projector setup while the grille expands further down to form a hexagonal shape. The size of the air dams have been increased to let air pass and return a better fuel efficiency. The design of the Elantra was collaborated by the engineers and designers of Hyundai to give a mix of advanced styling with functional aerodynamics. The front wheel air curtains, which are derived from the Hyundai Sonata hybrid, help to manage the air flow and reduce turbulence as well as wind resistance.
The Elantra also includes other premium features such as 17 inch alloy wheels, all new LED door handle approach lights, mirror integrated turn LED signal indicators and LED tail lights which gives it the feel of a class apart. The LED DRL’s are vertically positioned and are a first for the Elantra. Colour trims will be limited to eight, of which five will be new options. Hyundai has tried hard to make the Elantra feel big by adding 0.8 inches to the length and an inch to the width.
The Elantra will be available with two new engine options – a 2.0 litre petrol engine and a 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine. The 2-litre Nu MPI Atkinson four cylinder engine will produce a peak power output of 147 hp at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 179 Nm at 4500 rpm. This engine will come mated to either a six speed manual transmission (SE variant) or a six speed automatic transmission which has been optimized to give a marginally higher value in fuel economy. The 1.4 litre Kappa turbocharged GDI four cylinder engine will churn out 128 hp at 5500 rpm and a peak torque of 211 Nm at 1400-3700 rpm. It will be mated to a eco-shift, seven speed, dual clutch transmission. In addition, the driver can customize his driving style with the help of 3 modes available on the Elantra- Eco, sport and normal which can be changed by the simple touch of a button located on the centre console.
Safety features include seven airbags as standard, lane keep assist, blind spot detection, lane change assist, a rear view camera, EPS, ABS, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The instrument panel features a 4.2 inch TFT LCD display for better visibility. The first in the segment integrated memory system for the power driver seat, side mirrors, dual automatic temperature control with an auto defogging and an auto dimming rear view mirror are known to enhance driver comfort to a higher level. The front and the rear seats which are either leather or cloth feature a heating option for the cooler climatic conditions. Noise reduction and interior cabin noise are taken care of by a hood insulator near the engine, reducing the aperture size of the front dash panel by 25% and thickening the front door window glass apart from the regular sound absorbing materials.
The chassis of the 2017 Elantra is more rigid than before due to the increased usage of advance high-strength steel which also makes it lighter than the current model. Engineers at Hyundai focused on enhancements such as increased structural adhesive application by 40 times at higher stress points on the chassis due to which the car gets an extra level of stiffness. The redesigned rear side of the body improved the ride comfort stability and the handling of the 2017 Elantra. The standard motor driven power (SMDP) steering system adjusts to the changing driving conditions instantly which increases the fuel efficiency.
The following are detailed specifications of the Elantra when compared to other car models:
2017 Elantra Class-Above Interior Volume
|Specification (cu.ft.)||2017 Hyundai Elantra||2016 Ford Focus||2016 Mazda3||2016 Honda Civic||2016 Toyota Corolla|
|Total Interior Volume||110.2||103.9||108.7||112.9||110.5|
|EPA Size Classification||Midsize||Compact||Compact||Midsize||Midsize|
Premium Model Comparison
|Specification (cu.ft.)||2017 Hyundai Elantra||2016 Audi A4||2016 Acura ILX|
|Total Interior Volume||110.2||103.0||101.6|
|EPA Size Classification||Midsize||Compact||Compact|
2017 Elantra improved specifications
|Specifications||2016 Hyundai Elantra||Change||2017 Hyundai Elantra|
What do you feel about this updated Elantra from the Korean Automaker? Will the Elantra keep the legacy of going? How soon will it reach Indian soil?