Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Hyundai has unveiled the New Hyundai Elantra Hybrid in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The world premiere of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan was broadcasted to the world from La-La land.
This is the seventh-generation rendition of the Elantra and it features the latest Hyundai design language “Sensuous Sportiness’. The first-ever Elantra Hybrid promotes these key innovations: Connectivity, Digital Key, SmartSense safety and of course, the hybrid powertrain.
In looks, the New Elantra 4-door has a Coupe-like silhouette. It’s simply longer, lower and wider compared to the previous Elantra. At the front, the car has a wide & cascading, parametric-jewel-pattern grille with turn-signal to go with a bold fascia and gem-like shapes. Additionally, the profile of the car has accentuated shoulder lines to express an athletic outlook. The car’s wheel sizes come in 15”, 16” or 17”, depending on grade.
From the rear, the new Elantra is defined by a wide, horizontal line that extends across the center of the trunk, edge-to-edge. You’d notice the H rear lights, rear glass with black deck accent, wing-type lower bumper and more gem-like shapes.
Inside, the Elantra is all about an “immersive cocoon” interior, thanks to a low and wide layout. Some of the major highlights include steering with switches, drive mode select, a 10.25-inch instrument cluster/touchscreen, an 8-in display audio, slim air vents, ambient lighting, Aircraft- like cockpit, unique cornering grab handles and high center console, as well as a natural voice recognition system. The car is much larger than its predecessor, hence cabin room is bigger than before to provide better comfort and increase boot space. Optional items for the interior include Blue Link Connected Car system, Qi wireless charging, 10.25-inch infotainment system, and BOSE premium sound system with eight speakers.
The new Elantra Hybrid will feature a 1.6-liter GDI paired to a 32 kW electric motor. It outputs of 139 hp and up to 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine mates with Hyundai’s quick-shifting, six-speed, dual-clutch transmission or as they called it IVT (Intelligent Variable Timing). In terms of fuel economy, the car gives a projected rating of more than 50 mpg.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is based on the brand’s third-generation vehicle platform; it is lighter, more fuel economical and more robust. Another major improvement on the chassis is a better suspension mounting structure. Hyundai claims that the new Elantra can offer a more spirited drive, whether it’s on the highway or around bends/
When it comes to safety, Hyundai’s SmartSense takes care of everything, from Forward Collision Avoidance Assist to rear view camera. Optional equipment of the SmartSense consist: 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) and Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA).
The New Hyundai Elantra is manufactured in Korea with expected roll out in the U.S. starting in the fourth quarter.