Latest generation Elantra will cost between Rs 12-16 lakh with a choice of petrol and diesel engines.
The 3rd generation Elantra, launched nearly a decade ago, never really took off in the Indian market. The car failed to strike the right cords with buyers and maybe that is why the sales were rather dismal. Hyundai though, is looking to change that with the latest-gen Elantra which may make a comeback this September.
This time around, the Elantra features Hyundai’s trademark Fluidic design treatment which has worked wonders for the Verna and the latest Sonata. Also, unlike the i10 and the i20, the design looks sleek and is balanced at the same time without being much of an overkill. The story is no different on the inside either. The interior design is equally impressive and is a far cry from the odd layout found in the previous Elantra. Like every other Hyundai on sale today, the new Elantra packs in quite a list of features of which 6 airbags, ESP, traction control, Bluetooth-ready audio system, climate control and some more features are to be expected as standard.
Engine options are likely to be a pair of 1.8-litre units – the petrol-powered Elantra will come with 1.8-litre, 148PS engine while the diesel version will get a 1.8-litre common rail diesel engine. Both the engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual and probably, a 6-speed automatic gearbox as well.
Hyundai has been absent from the D-segment since the 2007, when they phased out the Elantra, which was imported back then. This time however this feature loaded car will be assembled here to compete with the likes of Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Laura, Toyota Corolla and VW Jetta.