Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has just opened the order books for the sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra ahead of its official launch. A total of three variants will be offered – Executive, Dynamic and Turbo Sport. Estimated prices start from RM120k for the entry-level Executive to RM135k for the range-topping Turbo Sport.

HSDM promises that customers who place their bookings for the Elantra now will have their car delivered to them before Hari Raya which falls on 25 June 2017. Two engine choices are available, a 2.0-litre (Nu MPI) naturally aspirated four-cylinder and a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine that is found in the Veloster Turbo.

QUICK FACTS

Name Hyundai Elantra 2.0 MPI Executive Hyundai Elantra 2.0 MPI Dynamic Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Turbo Sport
Engine 2.0-litre; four-cylinder MPI 1.6-litre; four-cylinder turbo T-GDI
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Max Power 150 hp @ 6,200 rpm 201 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 192 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 265 Nm @ 1,500 – 4,500 rpm
Estimated Price RM120,000 RM125,000 RM135,000

The 2.0-litre naturally aspirated mill makes a modest 150 hp and 192 Nm of torque while the blown motor puts out 201 hp and 265 Nm of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is mated to the NA mill while the turbo mill gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Power is channelled to the front wheels on all variants.

We know that the Elantra Turbo Sport (based on the preview at Mid Valley) will feature a sportier body kit, HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, LED combination tail lamps, rear diffuser with central mounted fog lamps, powered sunroof, dual exhaust tips and 17-inch five-spoke alloys wrapped in 225/45 profile tyres.

From what we can tell, the interior is finished with a two-tone black and red interior theme with Sport embroidery on both front seats, leather upholstery, multi-functional steering wheel with paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, manual parking brake, keyless entry and start, drive mode selector and cruise control. HSDM has yet to disclose information about the 2.0-litre powered Elantras.

The big question now is, would you opt for this or the Honda Civic FC?


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Hyundai Elantra Turbo Sport 1.6 T-GDI Preview


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.