Hyundai recently unveiled the next generation Elantra at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. This 2016 Elantra was launched in South Korea in September and will start reaching dealerships across the US from January 2016. There is still a lot of time for the car to be introduced to the Indian market. Have a look at the new sedan, which is likely to be showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in India.
This is the sixth-generation of the Elantra that will share a modified platform with Hyundai's dedicated hybrid and Kia's Forte.
The new Elantra sports sleeker and lower headlamps, a large hexagonal chrome grille (like the Genesis), DRLs and a boomerang-shaped fog lamp cluster.
With 53 per cent more high-strength steel in comparison to the 21 per cent in the outgoing model, Hyundai has stepped up the Elantra's safety.
This next-gen Elantra measures 20mm longer and 25mm wider than the present model. It is not only lighter but also has a stiffer body structure thanks to the usage of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS).
The 2,700mm wheelbase of the current model is carried over to this new car. The silhouette boasts of a funky pattern for the 17-inch alloy wheels.
The rear shows the new tail lamps integrated with LED units while a steeper C-Pillar has resulted in the roofline smoothly flowing into the boot.
Overall, Hyundai has continued to borrow design cues from the current model of the Elantra, while sticking to their Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.
The cabin of the car also displays the company's futuristic design approach, being equipped with the latest equipment and accessories.
It gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay paired with a touchscreen infotainment system connected to eight speakers. There is satellite navigation and a reverse camera, depending on the variant.
The standard safety features include traction Control, ABS, electronic stability Control, vehicle stability management, tyre pressure monitoring system, and a new driver’s knee airbag.
The optional features are a rear view camera, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.
For the Indian market, the Elantra will be offered with the 1.8-litre petrol mill (147bhp, 178Nm) and the 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine (126bhp, 260Nm).
Both the petrol and diesel engines will be available with the choice of manual and automatic transmissions. Hyundai might also introduce the new dual-clutch seven-speed self-shifting option.