Hyundai’s all-new Elantra has arrived in South Africa, with its new attractive design lines and an exciting flagship derivative with a turbocharged engine and Dual-Clutch Transmission, Reuben van Niekerk reports.
Building on the outstanding design and credentials of the previous model, which won the Car of the Year prize in South Africa in 2012, the 2017 Elantra is bound to be a strong competitor in the local compact sedan segment.
The new Elantra will be offered in four derivatives; the Elantra 1,6 Executive manual and automatic, a 2,0 litre Elite and a range topping 1,6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport.
The new Elantra projects confidence with sculpted body forms complimented by smoothly contoured lines. The now signature Hexagonal grille gives the Elantra a strong presence from the front, with automatic projection lamps and LED daytime running lights as part of the cluster.
The sporty lower front fascia integrates functional front wheel air curtains that help manage airflow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels to minimise turbulence and wind resistance. In addition, under body covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and rear deck lid designed with an expanded trunk edge contribute to the Elantra’s 0,27 drag coefficient.
Model-exclusive front and rear fascias give the Sport crucial visual differentiation from the rest of the Elantra line up. Other exclusive touches include a black grille with Turbo badge, aggressive side sill extensions and dual chrome exhaust outlets nestled in a rear-bumper diffuser insert.
The rear light cluster of the new Elantra with its bright LED display is also distinctive of the Hyundai range. On the Sport, a different bottom half of the rear bumper reiterates its sporty nature, with a unique skid plate and visible chrome-plated dual exhaust pipes.
The Executive derivatives are kitted with 16-inch alloy wheels while the Elite trim level includes 17-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Elantra continues to depict a modern, driver-orientated design optimised for intuitive control, improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features. The interior design integrates premium soft-touch materials in key touch points and high-tech details to create an inviting and comfortable interior environment for all passengers.
All four derivatives seats are covered in leather and are made of Soy Foam, which is environmentally friendly seating foam that substitutes petroleum based polyol with hydroxyl-functionalised soybean oil.
The Elantra Sport is visually differentiated with model specific interior appointments such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red sport seats and red contrast stitching.
The standard 8-inch infotainment system, which includes 3D satellite navigation, provides a USB Mirror Link for Android devices, HDMI connectivity for iPhones and Bluetooth with steering wheel controls.
The new Elantra is available with three petrol engines; a 1,6 litre four-cylinder that produces 94 kW at 6 300 revs/min and 154 Nm at 4 850 revs/min in the Executive manual and Elite automatic. Doing duty in the 2,0 litre automatic is a four-cylinder engine that produces 115kW at 6 200 revs/min and 195Nm at 4 500 revs/min.
The 1,6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport features a turbocharged engine that produces 150kW at 6 000 revs/min and 265 Nm from 1 500 to 4 000 revs/min. This model uses a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters and the driver can choose between Normal, Eco or Sport driving modes, which alters the gear change pattern for the required application.
Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through Elantra’s redesigned rear suspension geometry where the angle of the rear shock absorbers and the position of the coil springs on the coupled torsion beam axle were changed. The Elantra Sport features an exclusive rear multi-link independent suspension to deliver outstanding dynamics.
Upfront the Elantra’s suspension uses and optimally designed McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers along with a front stabiliser bar to help reduce body roll when cornering.
ABS with EBD is standard on all derivatives while the Elantra Sport benefits from an Electronic Stability Programme too.
Passive safety is taken care of by driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags in all derivatives while the intelligent use of different grades of steel also enhances the safety cell for the Elantra’s occupants.
Hyundai are confident that they are bringing a very attractive and well-rounded package to an important segment of the market, with the Elantra filling an important slot in the Hyundai model line-up for those looking for a bigger sedan.
The Elantra continues to offer a good level of specification for its price, something that has become somewhat of a Hyundai trademark.