Globally unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show, the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra saloon comes with new exterior and interior styling. The previous generation Elantra was the first Hyundai in India to get Fluidic Design Sculpture, but this model gets a more evolved design. This sedan will compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis and the upcoming new Honda Civic. Here are few things that you should know about the new Elantra.
European Styling- The new 2016 Hyundai Elantra is based on the updated Fluidic Design Philosophy, and it has been designed keeping European markets in mind. The front fascia of the sedan seems inspired from the Genesis G90 sedan. The saloon features a large hexagonal grille blended with sleek sweptback headlamps, new bumper with vertically stacked new LED DRLs, contoured and pronounced hood, and Sonata Hybrid-inspired functional front wheel air curtains.
New Platform- The majority of the changes can be seen to the exterior and interior styling of the sedan, but the most important update is the new platform. With the new platform, the new Elantra is claimed to have an improved ride and handling. The new model sits on a more flexible chassis reinforced with 53 per cent AHSS (advanced high-strength steel), thus making it lighter than its existing global model. The car also comes with improved torsional rigidity and bending strength, which enhance its handling and driving dynamics.
Feature Loaded Cabin- The new Elantra sedan cabin gets a range of upgrades in the form of revised styling and new features. The sedan gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Navigation, Bluetooth Telephony, AUX and USB connectivity. It also has several segment leading features like Hyundai's hands-free smart trunk release, LED door handle approach lighting and dual-position seat memory.
Engine Details- The new 2016 Hyundai Elantra sedan is being offered with two new engines- 2.0-litre MPI 4-cylinder petrol and 1.6-litre diesel. While the former is good enough for 149bhp of power, the latter is capable to deliver 134bhp. Transmission options on offer are - a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
High on Safety- The new sedan comes loaded with an array of high-end safety and security features like blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive lighting, adaptive cruise control, lane keep and change assist, etc. As standard, the sedan has three airbags (dual front and new driver's knee airbag), ABS, Vehicle Stability Management and Traction Control.
Longer and Wider- The new 2016 Hyundai Elantra is 20mm longer and 25mm wider than the current model, which contributes to its spacious cabin. It measures 4,570mm in length, 1,800mm in width and 1,440mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,700mm.