Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hyundai Philippines previews all-new Hyundai Elantra, to be launched first quarter of 2016

Hyundai Asia Resources (HARI), the authorized distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, has previewed the all-new Hyundai Elantra compact sedan to the media and its dealers at a Christmas party hosted by the company a few days ago.

To be launched in the first quarter of 2016, the Philippine market-spec'd Elantra will be available as three variants, with Top Gear Philippines sharing that prices start "at P828,000." These are the 1.6-liter E and S models with a six-speed manual and automatic transmision, respectively, and the 2.0-liter L model.

As we correctly predicted, we are indeed getting the 1.6-liter MPi Gamma engine which is, technically, carried over from the current-generation Elantra and is good for 130hp and 161Nm of torque. As for the 2.0-liter MPi Nu mill, it puts out 150hp and 192Nm of torque--figures that are slightly higher than that of the same displacement engine for the US market since it (the US-model Elantra) utilizes an Atkinson cycle form of internal combustion.

Externally, the design of the all-new Hyundai Elantra is like an evolution of the current model, owing largely to its "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design philosophy. The story though is much different inside since the dashboard has a more conventional design as opposed to the sweeping lines and curves of its predecessor's.

Can the all-new Hyundai Elantra replicate or even top the success of its predecessor or does it have a tough fight ahead of it in 2016? We'll find out in a few months' time once it officially goes on sale.

Photos taken with Starmobile Muse

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