The new Hyundai Elantra is ready to roll out of Australian showrooms, arriving with a simplified range that adds key new features like Apple CarPlay and a reversing camera, as well as a larger and more powerful new engine.
As well as a stylish new look that borrows from the Sonata, Hyundai Australia has once again tuned the suspension and handling to local conditions, to provide the Elantra with the kind of on-road feel Aussie customers prefer.
While the base model Active sees prices bumped up by $500, to $21,490, the mid-grade Elite scores a $400 price reduction, now starting from $26,490.
Towards the middle of the year, Hyundai will also offer a sporting SR range-topper offering increased performance, and sharper styling sharper styling (see separate article).
To go with its sharp new suit, the Elantra picks up a slightly larger engine, growing from 1.8 litres in the previous generation, to 2.0 litres in the new model.
Power and torque get a very minor boost: just 2kW and 14Nm more than before, but with peak torque available earlier in the rev-range for a total of 112Kw at 6200rpm and 192Nm at 4000rpm.
The Active offers a choice of six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic transmission, while the Elite comes standard with the six-speed automatic.
A more rigid chassis provides reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), a result of increased high-strength steel and aerospace adhesives used in the Elantra’s construction.
Front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension have both been revised, particularly at the rear, with the torsion beam set up now running longer, upright dampers, allowing a greater scope of tuning.
The Australian suspension tuning program encompassed 15 different sets of front dampers, and 34 sets of rears, tested across 48 combinations in extensive on-road tests. Springs, stabiliser bars, and rear suspension bushes are all tailored to suit Australian driving preferences.
Both Elantra variants feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, a reversing camera, and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, which will be joined by Android Auto later this year.
The Active offers cloth seat trim, LED running lights, projector fog lamps, air conditioning, trip computer, rear park sensors, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Elite adds leather seat trim in black or beige, dual zone climate control with rear air vents, proximity key with push-button start, 17-inch alloy wheels, and chrome highlights on the grille and window mouldings.
The Elantra Active starts at $21,490 with a six-speed manual and $23,790 for the six-speed automatic. The auto-only Elite is priced at $26,490 with metallic paint adding a further $495 on all models.
Note: Pricing excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.
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