All-new Elantra: Turbo engine, leather across range, new gearbox

  • Three engines for 2017 model range – one good for 150kW
  • Pretty much a whole new car for any driver -each for the family
  • Stronger chassis, tougher bodyshell – and prices pretty good!
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic

CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Hyundai’s all-new Elantra has arrived in South Africa in a range that includes a 150kW turbocharged petrol engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Elantra, South African Car of the Year when it was new in 2012 – is now in the country in four derivatives:

      Elantra 1.6 Executive manual or auto.
      Elantra 2.0 Elite
      Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport

Retail prices start at R299 900 and rise to R399 900 for the Elantra Sport, said to have “several special design, trim and technical characteristics”.

2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic

Stanley Anderson, Hyundai Automotive SA’s sales and operations director, told The Corner in a media release:

“First-time drivers of the new Elantra will be pleasantly surprised to see standard features such as a 20cm hires infotainment system, rear parking radar, six crash bags, IsoFix child seat anchors, cruise control and alloy wheel rims on every model.

‘CERTAIN CHOICE’

“We are confident that we have added a very attractive and well-rounded package to an important market. This Elantra will again fill an important slot in our model line-up for people looking for a bigger family sedan.

“When its price is compared to the specification-adjusted prices of its competitors the Elantra is bound to be the choice.”

Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille gives the Elantra a strong frontal presence; its auto projector headlights include diode running lights and the lower fascia includes air curtains to manage airflow around the wheels to minimize turbulence and wind resistance.

The cars have a low drag co-efficient of 0.27 where once-up-a-time 0.30 was regarded as exceptional.

2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic

The Sport model has a black hexagonal grille adorned with a ‘Turbo’ badge, sill extensions, daytime lights, a unique inner housing for the headlights, and identifying tail-lights design and dual chromed exhausts.

Executive derivatives have with 16″ alloy wheel rims while Elite trim uses 17” rims. Chromed door releases and puddle lights also indicate Elite status.

LEATHER FOR ALL

The contemporary interior design integrates premium soft-touch materials in key touch-points and high-tech details to, the automaker says, “create an inviting and comfortable interior environment for all occupants”.

All four derivatives’ seats are leather-clad over SoyFoamT, said to be an environmentally-friendly substitutes petroleum-based polyol with ”hydroxyl-functionalised” soya oil.

The Elantra Sport’s cabin is visually different with model-specific mods such as a flat-bottomed steering-wheel, red sport seats with red stitching.
The standard 20″-screened infotainment system (satnav? yes!) and can handle android and iPhone tech.

2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic

Other ‘standards’ include power external mirrors and windows, cruise control and rear parking radar. Elite units have auto aircon and screen wipers and smart key engine ignition.

There’s a choice of three petrol engines:

⦁ A 1591cc four-cylinder engine capable of 94kW at 6300rpm / 154Nm at 4850rpm in the Elantra 1.6 Executive manual and 1.6 Executive Elite auto.
⦁ A 1999cc multipoint-ignition Atkinson four-cylinder engine capable of 115kW at 6200rpm and 195Nm at 4500rpm in the Elantra 2.0 Elite auto.
⦁ A turbo’d 1591cc four-cylinder engine in the Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport making 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm from 1500-4500rpm.

The turbo engine features improved turbo lubrication with the increased oil capacity of the engine, which improves durability.

2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic

The Elantra 1.6 Executive comes with either a six-speed manual or auto while the Elantra 2.0 Elite is only available with a six-speed auto gearbox.

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The Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle-shifters and the driver can choose between Normal, Eco or Sport mode to invoke various gear-change patterns.

Fuel consumption ranges from 6.5 litres/100 km (manual) to 6.9 in the two Executive derivatives and to 8.3 and 7.9 respectively in the Elantra 2.0 Elite auto and the Elantra 1.6 TGDI DCT Sport.

2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic

The cars are lighter than the previous cars and their chassis is now reinforced with 53% high-strength steel which improves torsional rigidity by 29.5% and bending resistance by 25.3%.

All of which, Hyundai says brings improvements to vehicle ride and handling, quietness, durability and driving performance. The cars’ suspension has also been greatly amended for improvements.

       PRICES

Elantra 1.6 Executive (manual) – R299 900
Elantra 1.6 Executive (auto) – R314 900
Elantra 2.0 Elite (auto) – R349 900
Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT – R399 900

The cars are delivered with a five-year or 150 000km warranty and additional two-year powertrain warranty. The warranty includes five years or 150 000km roadside assistance cover and a five-year or 90 000km service plan.

Service intervals 15 000km for all models; additional initial service after 5000km for the Elantra Sport.

2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA SPORT: Image: Hyundai / Quickpic
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