Hyundai’s all new Elantra seems to be ready for launch. After showcasing the car at 2012 Delhi Auto-Expo, Hyundai has been testing it silently for quite some time now. The car though was spied without any camouflage and we believe it to be in the final stages of testing.
If you thought the new Elantra will be bland looking like the older car then you will be surprised. The New Elantra is leagues ahead of the old one and Looks simply stunning. The fluidic design has striked gold for Hyundai and with the Elantra, things will only get better. If you thought the Verna looks awesome then wait until you see the Elantra in the Flesh, it is larger, has more road presence and overall looks much better than the Verna. The fluidic design looks the best on the Elantra and that makes it the best looking car from the Hyundai lot.
The Elantra will get a 1.8 litre petrol motor producing 147 bhp of power, but all eyes will be on the diesel, as majority of the sales are expected to come from there. Looking at the high preference given to diesel powered cars by the buyers, The Elantra will need a diesel engine to succeed in India. We feel Hyundai will not repeat the mistake which it did with the new Sonata by not launching it with an diesel engine and expect the Elantra to be powered by a 1.8 litre diesel unit or a beefed up 1.6 unit from the Verna producing slightly more power.
Most cars from Hyundai are heavily loaded and Hyundai never seems to miss the mark when it comes to giving features, so expect The Elantra to be loaded with lots of bells and whistles. It will be brought to India as a completely knocked down unit (CKD) so the pricing too will be aggressive. It is likely to be launched in 8-10 weeks’ time and will compete with likes of formidable rivlas like the Skoda Laura, VW Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corrola, Honda Civic and Renault Fluence.
Elantra looks stunning and just like the exteriors the interior too will be futuristic. It will be loaded with features but at the same time will be priced aggressively. It will be comfortable and will have a good ride. The car will have a have powerful yet frugal motor. Couple these with Hyundai’s good dealer network and lower maintenance costs and The Elantra has the potential of being an instant hit. However what remains to be seen is, whether the Elantra will be able to repeat the same magic which has made the Verna, the best seller in its segment.