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.2016-hyundai-elantra-1

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.2016-hyundai-elantra-3

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.


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Travis Chang
While his day job is as exciting as a certain beige saloon, he knows a thing or two about cars and motorsports. The true definition of motoring nirvana according to him is a clear and twisty tarmac surrounded with mesmerizing vistas, followed with a track list of indie tunes on the stereo. Any cars will do fine, not so for big MPVs which he loathes...