The Hyundai Motors India Limited (HIML), a subsidiary of the Hyundai Motors Limited is the second largest car manufacturer in India. At a time when the Maruti Suzuki was monopolising the Indian markets the Korean car manufacturer smartly launched some of their top products which became instant hits. The HMIL has been importing and distributing the Hyundai Elantra from the year 2004 to 2010. In 2012 they launched their locally made Elantra in India.
The Hyundai Elantra a D-segment sedan has only the petrol variants in most of the countries. In India it comes in four diesel and three petrol versions. The diesel versions are the CRDi Base, the S, the SX and the SX AT and the petrol variants the S, the SX and the SX AT. The SX AT versions have auto transmission gear box. The Hyundai Elantra is priced between Rupees 12.73 and 16.02 lakh.
The Elantra is designed with a fluidic philosophy to make it attractive. The grille with a lot of chrome, the large sweptback type headlamps, a large wind screen, the body coloured ORVMs, the chromium door handles and 16” five spoke alloy wheels are the features of the exterior. At the rear the Elantra has wrap around tail lamps with turn indicator and reversing lamps. Higher variants have a rear wiper and a defogger.
The cabin of the Elantra has a dual tone dash board, chrome door handles, a central console with a digital clock and an external temperature gauge, tilt and telescopic steering and a 12 V socket point. For comfort there is an automatic climate control, a music system with FM radio, auxiliary port, steering mounted controls and the Bluetooth connectivity.
High standards are kept in the safety features of the Elantra. Dual airbags for the driver and the front passenger, a hill start assistance system, an auto transmission system with ECO indicator, a one touch triple turn signal, a rear view camera, push button start-stop and keyless entry are featured inside. ABS and EBD systems, a speed and impact sensing door lock system are also provided. For higher variants an automatic cruise control is available.
The diesel Elantras use engines with1582 cc volume, 125 bhp, and 260 NM torque giving mileages of 22.7 kmpl for manual and 19.5 kmpl for auto transmission models. For the petrol versions, a 1797 cc volume, 146 bhp and 177 NM torque engines are used giving mileages of 16.3 and 14.5 kmpl for manual and auto transmissions respectively. The dimensions of the Hyundai Elantra are 4530 mm length, 1775 mm width and 2700 mm wheel base.
The competition come from the likes of the Toyota Altis, the Volkswagen Jetta and the Chevrolet Cruze.