Hyundai unveils sixth Elantra generation in Nigeria
More than 25 years on, Hyundai Elantra has set in motion its sixth generation, debuting in Nigeria over the week with usual changes including all-new chassis, new engine, improved infotainment, quieter cabin and ‘Fluidic Sculpture design’ that reflects the brand’s growing confidence as it swings to a ‘modern premium’.
The vehicle, powered by two engine variants, a Nu 2.0 MPI four-cylinder engine capable of producing 156bhp @ 6,200rpm and U2 1.6 MPI four-cylinder churning out 127.5bhp @ 6,300rpm, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, maybe offering improved quality reputation and fuel economy to provoke arch Japanese rivals like Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Mazda 3 and Honda Civic.
First remodelled in 2011 through 2014, the Elantra, which may go on sale from N6 million depending market situation has since undergone remarkable makeovers, returning with an inspiring 2016 model that delivers tremendous economy without sacrificing performance and comfort.
Hyundai Motors Nigeria Head of Sales and Marketing, Jatin Nadkarni, presenting the car in Lagos affirmed that the Elantra remains Hyundai’s best selling model ever since the fourth generation model debuted in 2006.
Currently available in three trim packages including the Executive GLS 1.6 AT (automatic transmission), Elegance GLS 2.0 AT and Elite 2.0 AT, the Hyundai’s sales and marketing helmsman says the Elantra yet remains the family sedan to beat.
“Compared to arch rivals, the Elantra is noticeably quiet at freeway speeds and is indeed one of the quietest cars in its segment. The ride quality is fine and it soaks up road noise better than its competitors. That’s an important metric for the Elantra, since its interior space spills over into the mid-size territory.
“Suffice to say the Elantra is an excellent value on many fronts incorporating radiant interior; lots of useful cubbies and storage bins with a covered one that sits ahead of the shift lever. This bin also contains the aux jack, a power point, and the USB port in an easy to reach module, perfect for connecting smartphones,” Nayak recounted.