Already launched in several overseas markets, the new GEN Elantra has been spied testing on Indian roads. With pre-bookings for all new Elantra has already commenced for an asking amount of Rs. 25,000 in Delhi and Rs. 50,000 in Mumbai, the official launch of the sedan will take place on 23rd August 2016. The new Gen model will be manufactured at company’s Chennai plant and when launched the competition will come from Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Chevrolet Cruze.
The latest iteration of the executive sedan flaunts brand’s evolutionary Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. The 2016 Elantra has grown in size as it is now 25mm wider and 20mm longer with dimensions stand at 4610mm in length, 1800mm in width, and 1450mm in height, has a wheelbase of 2700mm.
Apart from new design and larger dimensions, Hyundai also claims that new model is more quite, performance packed, durable and better handler than the outgoing car. The crisp stripe theme is now replaced by more bulbous profile carrying host of changes like wider four spoke hexagonal front grille with chrome embellishment, flanked by elongated projector headlamps with LED DRLs, boomerang fog lamps cluster.
The sides have big 17 inch alloy wheels, funky profile with steep C pillar adorning the sloping roofline. The rear has wider lip spoiler, shark fin antenna and Genesis inspired huge LED tail lights featuring unique pattern enhancing the appeal of the car. The interior has also underwent a complete overhaul and now equipped with latest accessories and technologies.
Some noteworthy include 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring eight speakers, satellite navigation, Apple car play and Android auto. Then there is a four zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, new multi function steering wheel, start/stop button, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, ventilated seats etc.
Safety is well handled as well with seven airbags, ABS, tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, lane change assist and lot more.
The new iteration will include a 1.6 litre diesel engine which is good for 134bhp and 306Nm torque and a 2.0l CRDi petrol mill that belts out 146bhp power and 183Nm of torque. Both the engines will be available with choice of 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. On the pricing front, it is expected to fall in the bracket of Rs. 14-18 lakh (ex-showroom).