The New Spectacular Hyundai Elantra
Have you ever driven an Elantra before? With the prestigious status of being Canada’s second best-selling car, there’s a good chance that even if you haven’t been behind the steering wheel that you’ve experienced an Elentra at one time or another.
Now, take a moment and consider that, back in 1990, this vehicle was launched with a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6-litre engine, capable of a peppy 0-60 mph in just 9.5 seconds, and took the spotlight away from automakers that, frankly, were putting out less innovative models. Itself, a reputable heir to the Hyundai Stellar line, the Hyundai Elantra was quickly recognized for its affordability and solid build.
It borrowed some of its style guide from the newer model Mitsubishi Mirage vehicles, with a clean, 4-door frame infused with a sportier look than many in its class thanks to a sculpted presentation and sweeping angles from front, to back.
Riding on the success of the first generation, Hyundai went to work designer a second generation that launched 5 years later in 1995, capitalizing on the same curvy look of its predecessor, this car improved on nearly every aspect. The third generation took a more traditional appearance, adding a steeper sloped face, and pointed headlights, as well as a pronounced front grille – produced from 2000 until 2006, the fourth generation expanded the appearance, and, in some reviews is said to have inflated all the characteristics of its predecessor – most notably, a 2009 presentation showed a South Korea-exclusive hybrid model that would go on to provide ample and valuable research for future Hyundai electric vehicles.
From 2011 until 2016, the fifth generation uplifted the brand, offering more spacious interior and quality features that earned it numerous awards – including North American Car of the Years in 2012, beating out previous competitors from Ford and Volkswagen.
So, what do we know about the newest Elantra?
Built upon Hyundai’s recent SUPERSTRUCTURE platform, even the bones of the new Elantra are worth taking note of – thanks to an ultra-rigid chassis, the frame has 2.5 times more advanced high steel than previous models. The new Elantra comes with LED daytime running lights for improved visibility, and high intensity discharge (HID) headlights for the times when you need to see and be seen.
With Adaptive Cornering System (ACS), the Elantra enables the headlights to face the direction you’re turning towards. Beyond these illuminating features, you’ll be able to choose the Elantra with power sunroof, hands-free smart trunk, 3 stage door checker, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Technology is definitely important for modern cars, and you’ll find your share, starting with 7.0” touch-screen display with rearview camera (or an optional 8.0”), along with the premium sound quality of Infinity Premium Audio System. Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection makes it easy to be extra aware of your surroundings, with additions to blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning system with lane keeping assistance.
Like we were saying – there’s lots of technology on the new Elantra.
Offered with Macpherson Strut Suspension means advanced steering and response time – backing you up with generation-2 6-speed automatic transmission, 2.0-L Atkinson 4-cylinder engine under your hood and options for Sport and Eco driving modes for improve efficiency or control.
Reach out to Lakeland Hyundai and our experts will be happy to tell you more about the latest addition to the Elantra family.