The Hyundai Elantra is about to enter the country in its new avatar. Pegged to be launched on August 23, 2016, Hyundai has started teasing the car to the Indian audience. The carmaker has launched a teaser video highlighting the exterior features of the car. Hyundai's D-segment offering will rival the Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze and the Skoda Octavia. Bookings for the car have commenced with a token amount of around Rs 25,000.
The car will be launched with the current generation's 1.6-litre diesel engine, which produces 128PS of power. But, this time around, the engine might be tuned to produce over 140PS. The petrol unit will be a 2.0-litre mill which develops 156PS, in place of the current 1.8-litre unit. Both engines are expected to get a 6-speed manual transmission with an optional 6-speed automatic.
Inside, the car gets a 4.2-inch LCD screen in the instrument panel. Another screen is placed in the centre of the dashboard, measuring either 7.0-inch or 8.0-inch (depending on which comes to India). This is the central infotainment unit which supports both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Other features include the Blue Link which offers services like remote start with climate control operation, destination search (powered by Google), remote door lock/unlock, car locator, and stolen vehicle recovery.
Safety is also a growing concern in India. The new Elantra will come with a seven-airbag system which includes a driver’s knee airbag. The car also has corrective systems like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
The new generation Elantra has a lot of people saving money and waiting. Hopefully, Hyundai will launch the car with a killer price tag to overcome the dominance of its Japanese rival.