After a gap of five years Hyundai is making a coming back to the premium sedan segment with their all-new Elantra. This refreshed model of Elantra has been in the international markets for quite some time now and it has brought laurels to Hyundai. With the response it has received by the international market, the expectations of the Indian industry are also flying high. This new model is badged as the i40. The new Elantra possess Hyundai’s new fluidic design language. This makes the new Elantra a properly designed and good looking car. Based on the success of the Verna in India, Hyundai expect the new Elantra to be equally successful.
Besides its new and attractive looks, the new Elantra comes loaded with many useful types of equipment like a touch screen infotainment system with sat-nav and bluetooth, heated door mirrors and ventilated front seats, adjustable steering wheel, electric front seats with driver’s seat memory function. Other important features include cruise control, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, keyless entry, start/stop function, front and rear parking sensors, automatic hill hold function and panoramic sunroof, 15”steel wheels, height adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, 6 speaker sound system, trip computer, CD player, satellite radio, iPod, USB, audio interface with auxiliary audio jack, split folding rear seats etc.
Under the hood the India bound models are likely to come with two types of engines, a 1.8-litre petrol motor which can develop 150PS of power and 177Nm of torque and a 1.8-litre common-rail diesel engine. This model will have features like “Active Eco System” to make the vehicle more fuel efficient. The engine is combined with six speed manual and automatic gearbox and boosts the throttle response to make the car more fuel efficient.
This new vehicle will sport latest safety features such as Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). All the vehicles are provided with safety features like airbags. There are seven airbags as standard, including a driver’s knee airbag. The active safety features combined with the passive safety features of this vehicle made it eligible for a 5-star Euro-NCAP safety rating.
It is expected that Hyundai’s new Elantra will hit showrooms across India on August 13, 2012. The major competition for this vehicle will be from Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Skoda Superb, Renault Fluence and Chevrolet Cruze.
the success of the new Verna has given Hyundai the confidence to launch stripped out trim versions of the Elantra in India. The promotional strategy for new Elantra has been aggressive with extensive reviews, pre-launch commercial and road tests. This classy vehicle is expected to be priced between Rs. 13 lakh to 16 lakh.