Next Generation Hyundai Elantra Goes To A Higher Class

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Hyundai Elantra is a family mid-size sedan. The last update of the Hyundai Elantra was at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2015, it’s a great blend of style, performance and budget motoring; Hyundai have fitted quite an impressive array of equipment in to the Elantra for not much money, especially compared to some of the competitors. The has become better in every aspect, and now it doesn’t feel like boring rent car without personality.

The Hyundai Elantra is a popular choice thanks to the price, mainly for the cost conscious motorist or youngster – they look pretty good and do what they need to do.

Hyundai haven’t officially confirmed any prices or release dates, but we would expect to see the new 2018 model year Hyundai Elantra hitting the showrooms sometime in late 2017, around September. This would fit with Hyundai’s current strategy. From what we can understand, there will be five or six different variants of the Elantra, the base model starting at $17,600 and prices rising up to $22,000 for the highest trim level. Even at that sort of money, this is cost effective motoring.

Beautiful Redesign of new 2018 Elantra

We’ll start with the old favorites; headlamps and grille are sure to be updated and changed, taking inspiration from the new Genesis range. There is also talk of two different body styles; a sedan and a hatchback, although some rumors put the hatchback as the only model available. The hatch is sold as the i30 in Europe so an easy rebadging exercise could be the simplest way forward for Hyundai.

The exterior look of the Elantra 2018 has become way more sophisticated; it now features new Hyundai design language, similar to Tucson SUV: large hexagonal grille, narrow lights, powerful shapes. The design is more attractive than the previous generation of the car, which was appealing, but controversial in some extend. New generation of Elantra was enlarged a bit, but still one of the most compact option in the class. High trims of the car adds a bit of premium feeling, thanks to LED lights, chromed grille and large rims.

Two Engine Options and More

We’ve heard that there are two options for motors, a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder 147 BHP motor and a turbocharged 1.4 liter 4-cylinder motor with 128 BHP, although other industry sources are claiming a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder motor. We aren’t sure about the 1.8-liter version, but we do think that Hyundai will introduce a sporting version at some point, this should see just over 200 BHP. None of these motors will set the world alight, but for this sort of money, you can’t expect 300+ BHP and tire shredding performance.
Whatever the motor, it will be fitted to a 6-speed transmission, available in both auto and manual. 1.4L version equipped with dual clutch 7-speed gearbox.

Hatchback version of the car is also available in special GT modification, which means more power out of 2-liter engine, 161 HP to be exact. The performance of Elantra is average in the class, 8.3 seconds to sixty with the more powerful 147 HP engine. Interestingly, 1.4L modification goes faster – just 7.8 seconds. That’s because of faster gear changing and lighter engine.
The fuel efficiency of the car with smaller engine is one of the best in class – 32 MPG in city, 40 MPG in highway and 35 MPG combined. More powerful modification shows average figures – 28/37/32 MPG, which is slightly better than 1.8-liter Toyota Corolla.

Nicely Equipped new Elantra

Some of the tech fitted includes: touchscreen infotainment, steering wheel controls, navigation, rear view camera, BlueLink technology, Sirius XM radio, moonroof and push button start / stop. It isn’t clear what is fitted as standard, but even at $22,000 all in, that’s still cheap.

Other than that, we’ll see updated steering, redesigned trim and chrome accents in the cab.
The car has modern-looking interior with all-new center console, advanced multimedia system and ergonomics. However, compared with main rivals, Elantra has cheap-looking plastic in too many objects in the interior. The front seats are nice, but the second row has less legroom than main rivals, and the form of seats are far from comfortable.

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Summary

The new Elantra brings a new level of built quality for a entry-level mid-size family sedans.

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