Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is expected to launch the new Elantra sedan in India well before the festival season. This means the vehicle will be launched sometime in September or October. The existing Elantra has been around in the Indian market for about 4 years and has had moderate success. However, it didn't succeed at setting the charts on fire and with the new model, Hyundai will want to compete more strongly with Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia, Chevrolet Cruze and Volkswagen Jetta.
The vehicle has already been showcased in international markets and it should be launched in India with largely similar looks. In addition, we do expect the Elantra to be locally-assembled at the company's Chennai plant with a low/ moderate degree of localization. The new Elantra is expected to be powered by a 2.0 L MPI petrol engine developing 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque, running a compression ratio of 12.5:1. The diesel unit is expected to be a 1.6 L VGT unit with a peak power output of about 132 hp and both the petrol and diesel engines should be available with a six-speed manual/ automatic transmission as available on the present Elantra.
The interiors of the new Elantra look significantly more premium than the present model. An eye-catching feature is the large colour-touch screen, nestled neatly in a chrome outlined panel. The unit will offer navigation, Bluetooth & FM connectivity along with Android Auto, which should make connectivity seamless for Android users in the new Elantra. The centre console design too is premium and uncluttered, with few buttons taking real estate. Overall, the new Elantra looks to be significantly better than the present model, not only in terms of design but on grounds of features and convenience too. How the Elantra turns out to be in the real-world is a question to which we'll have an answer in the next few weeks but the competition surely should be worried as the new Elantra seems dressed to kill.