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India-Bound 2021 Hyundai Elantra Breaks Cover


The sedan is now available with a hybrid powertrain option

  • The 2021 Elantra is based on a new K3 platform.
  • It is lighter, longer, and wider than the current generation.
  • The hybrid engine makes use of a 1.6-litre engine paired to an electric motor.
  • Expect an India launch in 2021.

Hyundai has globally revealed the India-bound 2021 Elantra sedan. The Skoda Octavia rival now gets a novel platform, distinct styling, new powertrain options including a hybrid, and a host of new features. 

The new Elantra is based on Hyundai’s new ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design language. The styling is in line with the modern crop of Hyundai sedans. And up front is obviously a huge cascading grille with a jewel pattern that merges with the headlights. To give you a clear perspective, 80 per cent of the front is the grille, which also extends to the lowermost part. The side profile is characterised by aggressive lines while the rear is our favourite part. 

Keen eyes will also notice that the Elantra looks bigger than the current iteration. Thanks to the new K3 platform, the 2021 Elantra is longer, wider, and sits lower than before. Hyundai claims the new platform takes the centre of gravity down and is lighter, giving it better dynamics. Hyundai has also revised the suspension geometry and mounting points for increased agility.

Under the hood will be a 2.0-litre petrol engine that is good enough for 147PS and 178Nm, mated to a CVT. However, the biggest news is the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine, which also features a hybrid setup. This engine combined with an electric motor develops 139PS and 264Nm of twist. These figures are harnessed with the help of a 6-speed DCT. Hyundai claims the hybrid powertrain is capable of delivering a combined fuel economy figure of 50MPG (21kmpl). 

We also like the 2021 Elantra’s cabin design and layout. The dashboard features a 4-spoke steering wheel, digital cluster, and a simple layout that envelops the driver. The slim AC vents and the tilted touchscreen, which merges with the instrument cluster, are some of the other interesting bits. 

With respect to features, Hyundai now offers twin 10.25-inch displays, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Blue Link connected tech, wireless charging, Bose sound system, voice recognition system, and a smartphone-based digital key. Some notable safety features on offer are driver attention warning, blindspot assist, lane keep assist, high beam assist, smart cruise control, and parking assist.

Production of the sedan will commence by September 2020 in South Korea and the USA. We can expect Hyundai to launch the new Elantra in 2021 to rival the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Civic, and the Toyota Corolla Altis.

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