Hyundai SIme Darby Motor has introduced the new Elantra, in its sixth-generation guise; following its preview release last month. Newly conceptualized inside and out, the 6th-gen Hyundai Elantra presents improved comfort, more precise handling and enhanced safety features to appeal to compact- and mid-size sedan buyers.

The new Hyundai Elantra receives the Brand’s Fluidic 2.0 Design Concept (Dynamic Precision), similar to its siblings. The Hyundai Elantra is available in three variants: 2.0 MPI Executive, 2.0 MPI Dynamic and Elantra Sport.

Dynamic Precision is the new theme for the 6th generation Elantra. The redesigned Elantra delivers an athletic presence from every angle. Its prominent hexagonal front grille dominates an edgier front end and is framed by striking headlights. Front bumper air vents and the available LED daytime running lights provide more aggressive styling cues, while the rear bumper creates a sportier stance. For the Sport version, HID (High Intensity Discharg) headlights are fitted.

The profile of the Elantra is presented with a coupe-like silhouette, along with wheel air curtains for aerodynamics efficiency. From the rear, the eye-catching split type LED Tail lights immediately grab your attention. Thanks to a smoother under-body structure with undercover applied to the entire floor plan, the new Elantra is deemed to be the Best-in-Class for drag coefficient at 0.27.

Inside, the car gets a new A-Pillar design and a new ergonomic cockpit with multimedia and control buttons. The driver-centric horizontal crash pad layout with T-shaped center fascia and a subtle tilt towards driver’s seat ensures minimal driver movement for comfortable and safe driving.

The new Elantra offers the biggest cargo space in its class with a loading capacity of 407 liters. Relevant highlights include an updated Multimedia system, hands-free Smart Trunk, Auto Cruise Control and three modes of drive (Eco, Normal and Sport). The Elantra Sport gets additional intelligent features such as an Auto Defogging System, Dual Zone Auto Climate Control and Rain-Sensing Wipers.

Two powertrain options, Nu 2.0L MPI and Gamma 1.6L Turbo GDI, are offered with the new Elantra. Powering the Elantra 2.0L MPI Executive and 2.0L MPI Dynamic is a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed auto transmission to deliver 152 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm with exceptional fuel efficiency. The Elantra Sport’s Gamma 1.6 Turbo GDI (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine, paired to an ECOSHIFT 7-speed dual-clutch transmissio, generates a hefty 204 PS at 6,000 rpm and 265Nm of torque at 1,500-4,500 rpm.

Structurally, the new Elantra comes with a state-of-the-art platform with the use of 53% Advanced High-strength Steel (an increase of 32% as compared to the previous model). Furthermore, the new Elantra increased structural adhesive application 40 times at higher stress points on the chassis and to reinforce welding areas. A component often found in aerospace applications, these structural adhesives also contribute to improved NVH and vehicle dynamics due to extra stiffness in the chassis.

In addition to the strengthened chassis, the Elantra makes structural improvements to the front side members that are now a hexagonal design and the dash-to-cowl connection has also been reinforced. The rear doors also feature dual impact beams.

On safety features, the new Elantra is packed with an array of equipment such as; six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist (for Elantra Sport only), a rear-view camera, Parking Guidance System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Hill-start Assist Control.

The new Hyundai Elantra is priced RM116,388 for the 2.0 MPI Executive, RM120,588 for the 2.0 MPI Dynamic and RM131,488 for the Elantra Sport. All prices do not include insurance and comes with 50,000km of free service with a three-year validity.