Hyundai’s next big launch in India is the fifth generation Elantra. The Korean automaker has already got certification from ARAI and is ready to roll out the stylish and feature loaded Elantra on Indian roads on the 13th of August, 2012. The new Hyundai Elantra is very promising and has the capability to shake the complete segment, similar to what the Verna did a year ago. In typical Hyundai fashion, the Elantra is given the Fluidic styling on the outside and superb quality and feature laden interiors.
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra is offered with dual zone AC with cluster ionizer, rear seat audio controls, rear AC vents, power driver seat with electric lumbar support, ventilated front seats, electric folding and heated outside rear view mirrors, electro-chromic mirror with rear view camera, silica tyres with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, solar glass, steering mounted audio controls with Bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlights, cooled glove box, electronic stability program (ESP), vehicle stability management (VSM), ABS, six airbags, cruise control, hill hold control and the likes.
Hyundai is offering both petrol and diesel engines which offer a good blend of power and economy. The petrol motor is a 1.8-litre engine producing 149.5 PS of peak power output at 6500 RPM and 18.1 KGM of torque output at 4700 RPM. The diesel motor is from the Verna and is the 1.6-litre CRDi mill which produces 128 PS of peak power output at 4000 RPM and 26.5 KGM of peak torque output between 1900-2750 RPM. These engines are mated to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There are disc brakes all around and the Elantra is quite big measuring a length of 4530 mm (almost as long as the Skoda Laura which is 4569 mm long).
The Hyundai Elantra gets two-tone cocoa black and beige interiors. It will be available in 6 colours – black, silver, white, bronze, red and blue. We have driven both the petrol and diesel versions of the new Hyundai Elantra and find the car very high on comfort and features.