The sixth generation Hyundai Elantra (known as Avante in the Korean market) was revealed ahead of the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show in November. The car will come to Indian shores in the second half of the of 2016. Hyundai Elantra is updated on each front, right from dimensions to looks to safety features to efficiency and much more.
The design aesthetics have been an evolution over the previous generation with a lot of features making the car look premium. The large hexagonal grill on the 2016 model has a lot more definition with redesigned headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The side profile looks more similar to the current Elantra, with the addition of a sloping roofline, new alloy wheels, and chromed door handles on higher trims. The tail lights look slimmer in appearance and comes with a trunk lid spoiler.
The interior consists of an 8-inch infotainment system, a three-spoke steering wheel and the interior is all black. Keeping in mind the beige love of Indians, the company might just throw in a bit of beige for the required contrast. Hyundai Elantra also comes with JBL infotainment system, alloy pedals, and a redesigned dash which looks eye pleasing.
Hyundai said the next generation is loaded with high-tech upgrades, including a memory seat that remembers a driver’s preferred seating position. It also gets rear cross-traffic alert and a hands-free auto-opening trunk. The new Elantra is 20 millimeters longer and 25 millimeters wider than its predecessor, leading to a roomier cabin.
The sixth generation 2016 Hyundai Elantra will be high on safety features. Autonomous emergency braking, automatic dimming of high-beam lights and blind-spot detection are some of the features that have been brought to the car for the first time. The sedan will come with 7 airbags, lane departure warning, cruise control and a whole lot of other gadgetry to keep you safe.
Under the hood, the Elantra offers a 1.6-liter direct-injection petrol engine or a 2.0-liter diesel powerplant. The petrol mill will pump a 130 horses while the diesel will have 16 more than the petrol. Transmission choices include a six-speed automatic, a six-speed stick or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The DCT will be offered only with the diesel variant.
The Hyundai Elantra is more of a premium car and has sold just over 1100 units in the first half of this year in the Indian market. Given the aspirations of Hyundai to make the brand more upmarket, the car maker needs to come up with a very good marketing strategy and price point while trying to generate numbers in the very small D segment.