Friday, November 20, 2015

Hyundai Philippines to launch all-new Hyundai Elantra this December!

Hyundai Asia Resources (HARI), the Philippines' authorized distributor for Hyundai cars and SUVs, has revealed that it is launching the all-new Hyundai Elantra this December--just three months after the compact sedan was launched globally in its home market of South Korea and just two weeks after its North American launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show which opened its doors today.

The all-new Hyundai Elantra bears an updated version of the Fluidic Sculpture design language which now goes by as Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and which it shares with the Santa Fe and Tucson SUVs. So instead of the sweeping lines and curves that dominated the design of the current-generation Elantra, the upcoming model sports more angular lines starting with Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille "that projects a distinctive character when combined with its modern lighting signatures," which includes HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights that illuminate a corner as the car turns around it and unique vertical LED daytime running lights which are firsts for Elantra.

The Elantra's lower front fascia also reportedly has functional front wheel air curtains which are derived from the Sonata Hybrid to help minimize turbulence and wind resistance by managing air flow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels. Other aerodynamic aids the Korean carmaker fitted to the Elantra to give it a drag coefficient of 0.27 are underbody covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and a specially-designed rear decklid with an expanded trunk edge.

Externally, the Elantra's length and width has grown by an inch while its height and wheelbase remain the same. While the increase may seem minuscule at first, it supposedly is enough for its interior volume of 110.2 cubic feet (3,121 liters) to be comparable to hat of a midsize car, making it larger than the Ford Focus (103.9cu.ft. or 2,942L) and the Mazda 3 (108.7cu.ft. or 3,078L).

The design of the dashboard of the all-new Elantra, particularly that of the center console, is more straightforward and driver-oriented than its predecessor, with an emphasis on "intuitive control, improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features." A 4.2-inch color TFT LCD screen sits high in the dash for improved driver visibility and functionality while the climate and infotainment controls are not only laid out horizontally and grouped together by function but are angled toward the driver seven degrees "for optimal ergonomics."

Hyundai also has its eye on using renewable materials by manufacturing the Elantra's seats out of SoyFoam, an ecological-friendly seating foam that makes use of hydroxyl-functionalized soybean oil instead of petroleum-based polyol.

The US-market Elantra will get the turbocharged 1.4-liter GDI mill that produces 128hp and 156lb.ft. (212Nm) of torque out of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the 2.0 Atkinson-cycle engine that puts our 147hp and 132lb.ft. (179Nm) of torque through either a six-speed manual transmission or next-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The South Korean model, on the other hand, is currently offered with either the 1.6-liter powerplant of the current model that has 130hp and 161Nm, the same 2.0-liter engine as the US model, and a 1.6-liter diesel that has 134hp and 300Nm of torque. As for the Philippine-market Elantra, we'll have to wait for HARI's official announcement though we're likely to get at least the 1.6-liter gasoline mill from Korea.

So, what do you think of the all-new Hyundai Elantra? 

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