Hyundai's all-new 2012 Elantra small sedan is now making its way into local showrooms, ahead of its launch at next month's Australian International Motor Show.
With only a few weeks left until its sales debut, Hyundai Australia has announced pricing for the Elantra range, which starts at $20,590 for the entry-level Active - a price rise of $600 over its predecessor's current pricing, now in 'runout sales'.
The styling of the new model follows Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language, borrowing styling cues from the strong-selling i45 medium sedan.
All three variants in the line-up are powered by Hyundai's 1.8 litre 'Nu' MPI petrol engine, producing 110kW at 6500pm, and 178Nm of torque at 4700rpm.
Paired with Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission, the new Elantra offers fuel consumption figures of 7.1 l/100km on the combined cycle. With a six-speed manual (available only with the Active), fuel consumption is listed at 6.6 l/100km.
Although smaller, the new engine offers little in the way of power gains or exceptional fuel consumption improvements.
In the outgoing Elantra, the older 2.0 litre engine produced 105kW, 186Nm of torque and used 7.4 l/100km of fuel on the combined cycle. (a full review will reveal the new Elantra's performance and handling improvements).
The new Elantra is longer than its predecessor, measuring 4530mm (compared to 4505mm), with a wheelbase 50mm longer - promising improved passenger space.
Rear storage falls slightly however, from 470kg in the outgoing model to 463kg in the 2012 Elantra.
More details, including trim, features and options, along with local photos, are expected to revealed in Melbourne next month.
- 2012 Hyundai Elantra Active - 6-speed Manual - $20,590
- 2012 Hyundai Elantra Active - 6-speed Auto - $22,590
- 2012 Hyundai Elantra Elite - 6-speed Auto - $25,590
- 2012 Hyundai Elantra Premium - 6-speed Auto - $28,990
- Metallica/Mica paint - $375
The Australian International Motor Show opens at 6pm on Friday 1 July and runs through until Sunday 10 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Other new models and concepts confirmed for the 2011 AIMS include the Toyota Prius V and Prius C, the Suzuki Swift S-Concept, the Range Rover Evoque, the Toyota FT-86 II Concept, the 2012 Audi A6 and the 2012 Jaguar XF.
Appearances have also been confirmed for the all-new Lamborghini Aventador, the Lexus LF-Gh concept, the Mazda Shinari concept, and a preview of Australian carmaker JOSS Developments' upcoming JT1 supercar.