Hyundai has just launched the sixth-generation Elantra saloon in Korea, a model natively called the Avante Sport.
The new Elantra is more than just a fresh face, but its overall dimension is more or less similar than the outgoing Elantra that’s currently sold in Malaysia. The new Elantra dons a new grille design that’s consistent with Hyundai’s latest lineup, complemented with sleeker headlights and bumper. It’s now a lot more aggressive and better looking than the preceding model, and it features a sharp shoulder line that’s reminiscent of the Sonata YF. The rear end gets a design overhaul as well, complete with a pair of all-new tail lamps.
New to the Elantra is the Veloster-sourced 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine that produces 204 hp and 265 Nm of torque. The Veloster’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission is also utilised in the new Elantra, with a six-speed manual offered alongside it.
Unlike the Veloster’s rear torsion beam setup, this Avante Sport utilises a multi-link setup. Adding to its sporty allure is the inclusion of lightweight 18-inch rims, tuned suspension and anti-roll bars via the optional Extreme Selection variant.
At present, Hyundai Malaysia is selling the fifth-generation Elantra (launched since 2012) with the 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre naturally aspirated variants. Prices start from RM92k onwards.