Hyundai officially unveils its all-new 2021 Elantra and Elantra hybrid to the public via an online launch event. The all-new vehicle now features a sleeker yet angular design with a new large parametric front grille being the highlight of the vehicle. The all-new sedan now comes with a longer wheelbase, wider stance, and lower roofline. It's also the second vehicle in the South Korean automaker’s lineup to come with Sensuous Sportiness design identity, with the first vehicle was the Sonata. The all-new Elantra also gets a hybrid variant that promises to return stellar figures. Hyundai has also announced that it will also be making performance version N-Line version of the vehicle with details coming soon. Production of the vehicle will at the Ulsan plant in Korea and at the Hyundai Manufacturing plant in Alabama. Manufacturing of the vehicle will start around September with shipments to dealerships being estimated to start by the last quarter of 2020.
The all-new Elantra now comes with a much sharper triangular design. A rare sight on vehicles as triangles aren’t commonly used in vehicle design language. Triangles can be seen along the side of the car as it features a more angular design. At the front, the all-new sedan comes with a wide parametric grille adding to its futuristic look. It also comes with a set of LED head and tail lights. The rear lights come in an H pattern with a long red LED strip connecting the two housings.
Not much was mentioned or shown during the presentation as these specifications could change by the time the vehicle hits the manufacturing process, but if press photos are anything to go on the new South Korean sedan will come with a more premium interior. Based on the photos the vehicle will come with a black and gray themed interior with a long vent themed garnish cutting cross the dashboard. The top of the line variant will come with two 10.25-inch screens that act as both the infotainment and information display. Lower trim-levels will get a smaller infotainment system and a traditional set of gauges.
Other optional interior features for the vehicle includes Blue Link® Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services, Qi wireless charging, and a Bose premium sound system with eight speakers, which includes powerful Super65 wide-range speakers located in the front door and a woofer located at the rear of the sedan.
On the inside, the vehicle now features a segment-first wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity function. It now also comes with Hyundai’s optional Digital Key function that allows the vehicle to be unlocked, started, and driven without a physical key via a smartphone or NFC card. As mentioned previously the vehicle also comes with two 10.25-inch multimedia screens which are located under one piece of glass. The all-new sedan also comes with an enhanced natural-language-voice recognition system that is paired with speech-to-meaning and deep meaning understanding technologies and other feature controls.
Other standard features for the vehicle include an Eight-inch color display audio system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and HD Radio, Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls, Drive Mode Select and a Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra comes with the Korean brand's own Smartsense safety technology. This gives the South Korean sedan the following features: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.
Other optional safety features available with the vehicle include blind-spot collision, Smart Cruise Control, Highway Driving Assist, Safe Exit Warning, and Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist.
The all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra will come with two engine options during its launch. The first engine is a naturally aspirated Atkinson Cycle 2.0-liter engine that pushes out 147hp and 179 Nm of torque. The gas-fed engine is available only with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT.)
The hybrid variant of the vehicle comes with a 1.6-liter GDI Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine. This is paired with a brushless electric motor that together delivers a total system output of 139hp and 264 Nm of torque. The hybrid powertrain is paired with a 6-speed DCT which breaks from the CVT norm that most hybrids come with. The hybrid variant also lets the vehicle enter and drive on an electric-only mode that gives the vehicle instantaneous torque at low speeds.
While there is no official word yet if Hyundai Philippines will bring in the 7th generation Elantra into the country, it’s a car we want in the country see in the country soon especially with its features.