Fifth-generation Elantra’s styling, power output, fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety features all upgraded.
Design inspired by ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language
Hyundai has unveiled the all-new Elantra at the Barcelona Motor Show, with the car set to go on sale in Spain and other selected European markets during the third quarter of 2011.
Projecting a sportier and even more progressive image than its predecessor, the all-new compact sedan Elantra will continue its successful tradition of offering class-leading performance and fuel efficiency, thanks to its cutting-edge technology and powertrain.
The Elantra will be supported by Hyundai’s industry-best, fully transparent Five Year Triple Care customer assurance. This package has been attracting European consumers to the brand through its combination of a five-year unlimited warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
The design of Elantra has its roots in Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy that aims to reflect sophistication and dynamic lines into the shape of vehicles.
By lowering the roof line, creating muscular wheel arches and adding sharply creased character lines that flow from the A-pillar along the hood and into the front bumper, the Elantra design team gave the compact sedan a powerful and assertive stance. The distinctive hexagonal grille clearly establishes the new Elantra’s identity as a Hyundai family member. Swept-back head lamps complete the elegant exterior.
The refined look continues inside. In particular, the silver garnish that starts from the crash pad and leads to the console features a windblown shape that exudes an overall refined and dynamic image. High-gloss black and metallic colors used in the cabinet add a futuristic, high-tech look to the interior of the all-new Elantra.
With its lower roofline and low rear deck lid, the new Elantra produces a slicker and sportier profile with a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.28, reducing wind resistance and improving fuel economy. A kicked-up trunk lid and carefully sculpted rear lamps allow smoother air flow. A center floor deflector and flush surfaces in the bottom of the car minimize air turbulence, as well.
The Elantra rides on a 2,700mm wheelbase, which is 50mm longer than the previous iteration. Its overall length exceeds its predecessor by 25mm at 4,530mm but the 1,775mm width is same as before. The height has been lowered by 35mm to 1,445mm without affecting headroom. Interior cabin space has been enlarged by 18 liters.
The new Elantra comes with an all-new gasoline engine, the Gamma 1.6-liter MPI D-CVVT, mated to six-speed auto/manual transmissions.
Lightweight thanks to its all-aluminum body structure, the 1.6-liter Gamma MPI four-cylinder engine is equipped with D-CVVT to boost horsepower output of 132ps at 6,300rpm and allow lower exhaust emissions while delivering best-in-class fuel-economy. Peak torque measures 16.1kg.m at 4,850rpm.
The Gamma features a Mechanical Lash Adjuster (MLA) that improves fuel efficiency and overall rigidity while its lower inertial mass helps reduce friction and noisy valve clatter. The intake/exhaust manifold system improves engine performance with the application of a novel structural design, reducing chronic problems and enhancing durability.
Hyundai’s commitment to making the Elantra highly fuel efficient continues with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control or a standard six-speed manual transmission.
Developed and manufactured entirely in-house, the all-new six-speed automatic transmission is the world’s first to be designed for engine applications in small mid-sized passenger cars. The new transmission consists of three planet gears, two clutches and three brakes, making it smaller, more compact and lighter than any other six-speed auto transmissions on the market today. Hyundai is one of only three global car manufacturers with its own unique six-speed automatic transmission layout.
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Driver’s convenience and safety
The new Elantra will impress with a raft of advanced features. They include safety escort headlamps that remain turned on for 30 seconds after the driver leaves the car, a cluster ionizer system that purifies the air and deodorizes harmful gases by generating cluster ions, an auto defogging system, heated rear seats and rear parking assistance sensors.
Furthermore, the new Elantra strengthens its safety features. While VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), which helps vehicles stay in a stable position, is applied for the first time in its class, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and a six-airbag system is also available.