Hyundai managed to capture the premium segment of the Indian car market by launching Elantra back in 2004. Although at that time, the car was appreciated for it performance, it was highly criticized for its appearance.
Hyundai again re-launched the car in a stunning avatar in 2012. This time the car turned out to be a considerable success.
Compared to its rivals like Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, Elantra turned out to be a more successful car.
Now in 2017 Hyundai feels it is the right time to again launch the car in a new design with new characteristics. Tagged as the ‘The New Elantra’ – the car, to be precise, will be completely new.
The car will continue to have the fluidic lines of its earlier version, sans the excesses. Similar to its predecessor – the front of the car is where the most of the changes has been done – gone are highly slanted bonnet and the big lights. The New Elantra gets a completely re designed front end – the bonnet has become slightly less slanted, making the car look much longer and wider. The lights are less wide; and come integrated with projector and DRL.
Fog lights have been done fantastically, one of the best parts of the front end we think. Also, the 3D pentagon grille with the Hyundai logo prominently displayed on it is something not to be missed.
The horizontal lines on the side are almost gone. The tail light seems like an extension of the Elite I20 experience but again brilliantly done. The interiors have also been done tastefully – the speed/tacho console is new, so is the dashboard layout. Ergonomically designed and all the controls fall into the drivers reach easily.
It’s expected to come in the dual tone effect of beige/black to lend brightness and classiness to the cabin.
The only similarity between the new Elantra and its earlier version is the wheelbase which has been left unchanged.
Elantra has always had decent space inside. The car is expected to be available in 1.6 CRDI in both manual and automatic transmission.
As of now, it seems that Hyundai has got a brilliant product in D segment. Hopefully, if the car is in the Rs 19 to 22 lacs bracket, it should serve well and bring in the numbers which other car manufacturers with Honda Civic/Skoda Octavia have failed.
With new Elantra, you can be rest assured that you will be having all the comfort features with powerful engine and good looks in one car.
Overall the New Elantra looks promising. Hope it rings in huge numbers for Hyundai too.