The Hyundai Elantra nameplate have been around for 25 years already. While the 6th generation Hyundai Elantra have only been around for the last 5 years, and the latest facelift have only been around for a year, Hyundai decided to release a new generation of the Hyundai Elantra. The latest Hyundai Elantra was recently launch in West Hollywood with a new look and many new and exciting updates. Let’s see what’s new with the latest Hyundai Elantra.
Starting from dimensions, the latest Hyundai Elantra is now 56mm longer, 25mm wider, 20mm shorter, and 20mm longer wheelbase compare to the previous generation Hyundai Elantra. Hyundai now incorporated new “Parametric dynamic” design theme for the latest Hyundai Elantra. At the front, the Hyundai Elantra spots a new parametric-jewel-pattern grille with turn-signal integration, integrated headlamp architecture, bold fascia with strong front graphic, and gem-like shapes body panels.
Looking from the side, you can spot that the front is long and low that create a feeling of tension. There are a bold edge that runs from the front to the rear, and stamp with the Parametric-jewel body surfaces. The new Hyundai Elantra comes with different size of rims ranging from 15 to 17 inches that match with the Parametric Dynamics theme.
At the rear, the Elantra is made wider by having a horizontal line that runs across the center of the trunk, stretching from edge to edge. The tail lights comes with a “H-Tail Lamp” that mimic the Hyundai flying H logo-like shape. The rear glass has a black deck accent to enhance the coupe-like look. The rear also have wing-type lower bumper treatment and blends in with the gem-like body panels.
The new Hyundai Elantra comes with an “immersive cocoon” interior layout that wraps around the driver with plenty of modern high-tech functions that can be found on more expensive cars. The highlights of the new Elantra is the slim high-tech vents, customizable 64-colour mood lighting, Aircraft-cockpit-like driver-oriented layout, unique cornering grab handle for the passenger, high center console , long and low door center trim, low-placed inside handles, and two-toned melange that further enhance the driver-focused layout.
The biggest highlight of the interior of the new Elantra would be the 2 new 10.25” screens that are being used as instrument cluster and infotainment system that is place under one piece of glass that covers both screens. The instrument cluster has different views: utility, driver assistance and navigation. On the other hand, the optional infotainment system displays a wide variety of useful information across its 10.25-inch split touchscreen.
For the infotainment system, it comes pre-loaded with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is the 1st in this segment. The system also allow owners to link 2 different phone at one go in the infotainment system. There are also navigation system that comes with a bird’s-eye view in navigation maps, and drivers get server-based routing service that Hyundai calls it “connected routing” that is link to a Blue Link system.
The new infotainment also comes with a voice recognition system that allows the driver to control a whole host of system inside the car. The driver can control the climate control, navigation, and many other functions also through the Blue Link system. The Blue Link system is a connected car system which uses embedded telematics to allow drivers to remote-start their vehicle and control interior temperature using the MyHyundai smartphone app.
Lastly, the new Elantra now can be fitted with an optional smartphone-based Hyundai Digital Key. Digital Key uses a dedicated mobile app, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to unlock, start and drive the car without a physical key via applicable Android smartphones. The new Digital Key allow Elantra owners to share their virtual key with friends and family, which is a very high tech feature.
The new Elantra comes with 2 powertrain setup during launch. The 1st powertrain that was introduce for the Elantra is a hybrid powertrain that feature a 1.6-liter GDI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, mated to a 32KW permanent-magnet electric motor powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.32 kWh of capacity positioned under the rear seats. The total output of the powertrain is 139 bhp and up to 264Nm of torque. This powertrain is mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
On the petrol end, the new Elantra comes with a 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine that engine generates 147 bhp @ 6,200 RPM and 179Nm of torque @ 4,500 RPM. This engine is linked up to a Hyundai developed continuous variable transmission that Hyundai name it the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).
The 2021 Elantra offers a new array of standard advanced safety technologies:
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
- Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- High Beam Assist (HBA)
- Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
- Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
- Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
- Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
- Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
- Safe Exit Warning (SEW)
- Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA)
Production of the 2021 Elantra starts in the fall in Ulsan, Korea and at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and sales begin in the fourth quarter.