2021 Hyundai Elantra unveiled
Hyundai Motors has showcased the 2021 Elantra, and with respect to its previous-gen counterpart, the new four-door coupe flaunts a longer and wider visual profile, revamped interiors and a wider list of connectivity features, and for the first time, even a hybrid variant. Prices for the new 2021 Elantra are still under wraps. Once on sale, the 2021 Elantra will go up against the likes of the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.
Based on Hyundai’s K3 platform, the 2021 Elantra weighs less, with the brand claiming a fuel economy figure excess of 20kmpl. The new 2-litre MPI engine boasts of a similar performance as the earlier generation with a power output of 142bhp and 178Nm, mated to an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Meanwhile, Hyundai has also introduced a hybrid variant with a 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder engine mated to a 32kW (43bhp) electric motor, delivering a combined power output of 137bhp.
In terms of the vehicles dimensions, the new Elantra is 56mm longer, 21mm wider and has also got an increase of 25mm in its wheelbase. As for the exteriors of the vehicle, now it exhibits more edgy and flowing lines meeting the headlamps beautifully, with a huge grille flashing itself right in the face and makes the vehicle look sharper than its previous version. Despite the swooping roofline, the headroom for the rear passengers hasn’t changed. The integrated taillights also look sleeker, with the end-to-end light signature giving a more upmarket feel.
Coming to the interiors, the standard vehicle comes fitted with an eight-inch display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which if first in class. The higher-spec model showcases two 10.25-inch display units sitting under a piece of glass; one for the utility and the other one for driver assistance and navigation along with allowance of connecting two phones at once.
The optional features the 2021 Elantra gets are the Blind-spot collision avoidance assist (BCA), Smart cruise control (SCC), Reverse parking collision avoidance assist (RPCA), and Safety exit warning (SEW). Furthermore, you can control various functions of the car using the digital key technology. That said, these features are on offer for the model sold overseas, and it remains to be seen how many of them make it to the Elantra sold here.