The success story of Hyundai Elantra: From 2012 Auto Expo till now

Saturday 05 October 2013, 11:36 AM by

At the previously held 2012 Auto Expo, Hyundai caught the attention of media and visitors from all over the world due to showcasing of its future line-up of cars. The pavilion of the company recorded one of the highest footfalls mainly because of the model displays that included the new Sonata, Elantra and Veloster. All these cars were based on the Fluidic Design Architecture platform, which is currently adopted by the South Korean auto maker on almost all its models. At that time, much was said about re-introduction Elantra model that was discontinued long ago by the company in India. After unveiling the new-generation Elantra sedan at the 2012 Auto Expo, Hyundai finally launched the car in August the same year. Since then, the car has been faring considerably well in the Indian car market and consumers are liking its sportier design that complements the overall styling.

The success story of Hyundai Elantra: From 2012 Auto Expo till now |
The success story of Hyundai Elantra: From 2012 Auto Expo till now

In the recent past, Hyundai Elantra has been raking up some good sales numbers as it available in both petrol and diesel fuel options. In terms of engine and performance, the petrol version of Elantra is equipped with a 1.9-litre VTVT motor that churns a peak output of 149 bhp besides generating 177 Nm of torque. In case of the diesel variant, Elantra is powered by a 1.6-litre CRDi engine that has Variable Geometry Turbochargers. This powertrain produces maximum output of 126 bhp of power at 4000 rpm while the figure for torque stands at 259 Nm. The provision of manual and automatic transmission systems is made in both petrol and diesel versions of Elantra.

In terms of design and appeal, Elantra definitely ranks much higher than its segment rivals as it incarnates fluidic design portfolio, which is characterised by edgy running creases and sportier layout. In terms of dimensions, Elantra measures 4530 mm in length, 1775 mm in width and 1470 mm in height. As claimed by the company, the diesel version of Elantra gives a mileage of 22 kmpl while the petrol version is capable of returning 16 kmpl.

Hyundai Elantra is provided with some of the best-in-class features that include smarty key with push start/stop button, electronically adjustable foldable outside mirrors with turn indicators, rain sensors and sporty pedal. Also to mention, the car gets rear air-conditioning vents, solar glass, electric sunroof and front seat ventilation system in which in which the air circulated throughout the seat removes the moisture levels so as to reduce fatigue. To assist the driver in parking the car, the Electro Chromic Mirror (ECM) with rear view camera of Elantra helps in spotting objects nearby the vehicle. For serving entertainment needs of passengers, Elantra gets a 2 DIN audio MP3 player that has got Bluetooth connectivity that can be controlled from the steering-mounted controls.

Talking about the price of Hyundai Elantra, the car is offered at a starting price of Rs. 12.71 lakh while the top-end trim level is offered for Rs. 16.05 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). As far as competition of Elantra is concerned, the car is competing against the likes of Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis and Chevrolet Cruze. Till date, the car has been faring quite well but the strongest competition for Hyundai Elantra lies in the form of Toyota Corolla Altis, which has been admired for its power packed engine.

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