Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Introduction
Hyundai Motor India Limited has launched the much awaited, all new Elantra last month with introductory prices (ex-showroom Delhi) starting from Rs 12.99 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 14.79 lakh for the base diesel variants.
The Korean carmaker first introduced the Elantra more than 26 years ago in 1991. Since then, the Elantra nameplate has proved to be hugely successful for Hyundai selling more than 11.5 million units till date and bagging several prestigious awards globally.
Now in this sixth generation, the new Hyundai Elantra has been built on a completely new vehicle platform which was created to provide enhanced safety and better performance. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra comes loaded with a host of comfort, convenience and safety features, along with a brand new petrol engine on offer beside the tried and tested diesel powertrain.
Lat week, we took the 2016 Hyundai Elantra for a spin on the East Coast Road near Chennai. Read on to find out what we discovered.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Design & Engineering
The new Fluidic 2.0 design language of the 6th generation Elantra projects bold, stylish and dynamic exterior appearance. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra’s sculpted body forms are complimented smoothly by contoured lines. The wide and horizontal front is in harmony with slim headlamps, 3D hexagonal grille creating futuristic, elegant appearance with the split type LED tail lamps further adding to the style quotient of the all new Elantra.
The side profile is designed with a sense of sporty and coupe like silhouette. Aerodynamic profile of the car along with wheel air curtain and other design package technologies have resulted in reduced drag coefficient of 0.29.
The new Hyundai Elantra looks both elegant and stylish at the same time and is likely to turn many heads on the go. With its contemporary and sharp design it is sure to appeal to the young and the young-at-heart alike.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Interiors & Comfort
The interior of the all new Hyundai Elantra is modern and driver oriented that has been created for intuitive control, improved interior roominess, with the use of better quality material and latest technology features. The contemporary interior design integrates premium soft touch material. The wide design of instrument panel offers a feeling of spaciousness.
The all new Elantra offers a host of premium and segment unique comfort features such as the Smart Trunk (First-in-Segment) that automatically unlocks and pops-out when the owner stands within three feet behind the vehicle with smart key for more than three seconds.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra features an infotainment system with 8.0 high definition capacitive touch screen- Audio Video Navigation System (AVN) with rear view camera is for improved driver visibility and functionality. Multimedia system is equipped with Apple Carplay and Android Auto for seamless integration of app based navigation, streaming audio, voice controlled search capabilities and smartphone applications. The new Elantra comes with six speakers along with Smart Surround System by 'Arkamys’ delivering impressive music experience.
Some other key interior features include new electric sunroof, front ventilated seat, engine start/stop button, premium leatherite upholstery, rear AC vents, electro chromic mirror, premium door scuff plates, aluminium pedals and a spacious boot that will easily suffice for your weekend road trips.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Performance & Handling
The all new Hyundai Elantra is offered with a choice of two powertrains. The newest member of Hyundai gasoline family, Nu 2.0-litre petrol engine is the biggest petrol engine in its class. It’s lightweight all aluminum block and plastic intake manifold aid in high fuel economy and superior performance. The engine produces 152 PS of maximum power at 6200 rpm and 192 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm.
The other powertrain is Hyundai's proven 1.6-litre U2 Common Rail Technology diesel engine which offers powerful performance with low NVH, high fuel efficiency and durability. Driving pleasure within the city and highway is ensured by the variable geometry turbocharger for low and high end torque. The engine churns out 128 PS at 4000 rpm and 260 Nm between 1900 and 2750 rpm.
Impressive ride and handling characteristics of the new platform are complemented by MacPherson Strut suspension in front and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle in the rear along with Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS) in rear shock absorber for improved damping, ensuring a comfortable ride and stabilised driving.
The chassis structure is developed to give stability and mileage improvement during high-speed driving. In-house developed 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission offer smooth gear shift. The 'Drive Mode select’ feature gives an option to the driver to choose between 'Eco Mode'-for higher fuel efficiency or 'Sport Mode' for more spirited performance at the press of a button.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Fuel Efficiency
We didn’t get an opportunity to perform a real world mileage test, however, ARAI-ratified data shared by the company claims that the Nu 2.0-litre petrol engine delivers 14.59 kmpl when paired with the 6-speed manual transmission and 14.62 kmpl when mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.6-litre U2 Common Rail Technology diesel engine returns 22.54 kmpl when paired with the 6-speed manual transmission and 18.23 kmpl when mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Safety
The all new Elantra is built to comply with Hyundai’s safety standards, helping it to meet the safety requirements laid down by the government. The new Hyundai Elantra is developed with 53 percent of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), an additional 32 percent increase over the previous generation model. AHSS components are used to increase stiffness of chassis and protect passengers effectively in case of collision.
Key safety features dual airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD as standard, reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines, reverse parking sensors, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), new front projection fog lamps, new High Intensity Discharge (HID) head lamps and impact sensing door unlock/speed sensing lock.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Verdict
The all new Hyundai Elantra is a competitively priced and well-engineered product. The Elantra is striking in looks and boasts of spacious interior with generous boot space. The black interior looks premium and classy. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is responsive with very little turbo lag. Handling and ride quality are impressive with a well-tuned suspension set up perfectly suited for Indian road conditions.
In my opinion, the SX(O) trim will be a major volume driver as it comes loaded with comfort, convenience and safety features. ARAI-ratified fuel efficiency figures are quite impressive and although those figures may be impossible to attain in the real world driving scenario, however, Hyundai powertrains are known to be decently frugal.
Finally, let’s not forget that Hyundai is now a household name in India and the brand stands for reliability and peace of mind. So, taking everything into consideration, the Hyundai Elantra is a very competent product and will pose as a tough challenger for its rivals.
Hyundai Elantra 2016 - Competition Check
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