Sensuous Sportiness is now the name of Hyundai’s design game and just as you’ve seen with the radical new Sonata, the all-new Elantra follows after its bigger sibling with a design previously exclusive for a spaceship.
Being longer and wider than before, the all-new Elantra is only available in a single variant, powered by a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine with 123 hp and 154 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via Hyundai’s Intelligent Variable Transmission.
On the inside, the Elantra features what Hyundai called an “immersive cocoon” design – where all the controls are tilted towards the driver – emulating a fighter-jet cockpit. In terms of space, rear legroom has now been expanded by 58 mm, along with a larger boot at 470 litres.
It’s rather well equipped too. Among them includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone air conditioning, 8-way powered seats for the driver, wireless charging, and auto brake hold.
Safety systems include six airbags, forward collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitor, safe exit warning, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Following Assist.
The all-new Hyundai Elantra is priced at RM158,888 on-the-road, without insurance following the extension of SST exemptions. It’s accompanied by a 5-year/300,000 km warranty, and a 3-year/50,000 km free service maintenance programme.