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Hyundai Elantra makes official debut; N Line version on the cards

2020/03/20

Following a teaser image last week, Hyundai has fully unveiled its new Elantra that is set to rival the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Mazda 3.

The new Elantra features improved dimensions and completely overhauled interior tech.

Inside, base models come equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, with standard wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto – a first for the segment.

Upgraded models get a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen that pairs with an identically sized digital gauge cluster. The two displays sit under one piece of glass, feature multiple configurations, and support connecting two phones at once via Bluetooth. This design is a huge departure from the current car, and it looks more modern than any of its competitors.

Safety comes courtesy of standard automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and driver attention monitoring system. Optional kit includes blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. The Elantra also implements the digital key technology from the Sonata, which allows control over many of the car’s functions from your phone.

On the outside, the 2020 Elantra features a more flowing, elegant design that has been slightly borrowed from the Sonata.

It rides on a new platform that has increased the wheelbase as well as the length of the vehicle. It is wider and sits lower than the model it replaces. Hyundai says the new car achieves a “four-door coupe aesthetic,” which is a vague term but speaks to its sleeker look.

In the powertrain department, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra makes use of a hybrid-assisted 1.6-litre inline-four engine. The engine is paired with an electric motor, gushing a combined power output of 104 kW and 179 Nm.

Non-hybrid variants come equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 110 kW and 264 Nm. They get a CVT transmission.

Production of the new Elantra will begin in Korea at the firm’s Alabama manufacturing plant before the end of the year.

 


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