Hyundai upped its game, yet again, with the world-wide reveal of the seventh-generation Elantra sedan. The automobile is certainly extraordinary, but the West Hollywood set for the rollout, referred to as The Lot, was basically deserted: no journalists, no analysts, no photographers, and no caterers – just Hyundai people, dancers, and videographers for the dwell-streamed announcement Tuesday night time. Since early March, there have been no key car reveals, and as of this 7 days, no far more on-location media/analyst introductions of new vehicles. They’ve all been referred to as off or shifted from in-particular person to digital since of coronavirus problems.
As with the new midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan previous slide, Hyundai imbued the Elantra with course-higher than functions, a slew of systems conventional or optional together with semi-autonomous driving and a pair of 10.25-inch color shows in the dashboard. There will be regular and performance engines additionally a hybrid that will get greater than 50 mpg. We hope the trim strains will provide for $20,000-$28,000 when 2021 Elantra ships in the slide.
At the identical time, as consumers are shifting from compact vehicles to compact SUVs, the high-quality and desirability of compact sedans has hardly ever been greater, led by the 2020 Mazda3 (which delivered previous calendar year). Even outdated standbys these kinds of as the Toyota Corolla have injected a better stage of high-quality and features. Now Hyundai has a chance to increase the bar, as it did with Sonata, our reigning ExtremeTech Automobile of the Yr.
The overall exterior structure, with sculpted strains, a sharp crease jogging alongside the side, and dominant grille, is what Hyundai describes as “Sensuous Sportiness outlined in the Parametrics Dynamics Structure.” All we can say is, it appears great, and that is a person massive-ass grille upfront, which apparently is the parametrics structure factor.
Hyundai is using safety very seriously with several conventional functions …
- Ahead Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection.
- Lane Trying to keep Assist (LKA).
- Lane Following Assist (LFA, Hyundai’s phrase for lane centering assist) that can retain the car or truck centered on highway and metropolis streets.
- Large Beam Assist (HBA), or automatic significant beams.
- Driver Focus Warning (DAW) process that monitors and warns of drowsiness.
- Rearview digital camera with dynamic guidelines, which (the digital camera aspect) is demanded in the US
… and gives these as possibilities
- Blind-spot warning (Hyundai calls it Blind-Place Collision Avoidance Assist) and rear-cross-traffic warn
- Adaptive cruise regulate (Good Cruise Management)
- Level 2 self-driving (Freeway Driving Assist)
- Safe and sound Exit Warning employing blind-spot warning to retain the highway-side doorways closed if it places a automobile coming up
- Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA) to detect pedestrians and road blocks in back
The Elantra will arrive conventional with an 8-inch color display screen in the center stack with High definition Radio and wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile guidance, wi-fi indicating for the phone to automobile connection and regulate. Wi-fi Qi charging is optional.
An optional aspect is a pair of 10.25-inch shows (photograph higher than) bonded under a one sheet of glass, a person for a electronic instrument panel, a person for the infotainment process. It was only a handful of decades in the past that the center display screen was viewed as massive if a 7- or 8-inch Lcd was provided. The 10.25-inch display screen solution contains a a lot quicker infotainment processor. Also optional is a Bose 8-speaker audio improve.
Hyundai continues to provide Blue Link, its telematics process, and with it cloud-based navigation (that or use your phone). The Hyundai smartphone application does the normal remote lock/unlock, uncover my automobile, blow the horn/lights functions. Also, you can get an RFID card referred to as Electronic Essential that is effective as a low-priced (about $20 for extras) remote entry and automobile-commence important by means of Near Industry Interaction and Bluetooth Low Vitality. If you loan it to a friend, you are not out hundreds of pounds for a important substitution if it is lost. It is for Android only Apple stays fussy about what it allows its NFC chip be applied for.
Hyundai says it has enhanced the onboard voice recognition process (irrespective of what your phone gives) for conversational regulate. It allows you say: Local climate on/off air conditioner on/off warmth on/off admirer significant/small defrost on set admirer to deal with, ft, or deal with and ft defrost on and set admirer to ft warm up/awesome down air intake process on convert on/off heated seats (driver/passenger) set heated seat ranges 1, 2, or 3 (driver/passenger) rear window defroster on/off and convert on/off the heated steering wheel.
The 2021 Elantra is about as massive as a compact automobile can be and even now be a compact: 184.1 inches extensive (+2.2 inches more time than the outgoing 2015-2020 sixth-generation Elantra), 71.9 inches huge (+1. inch), 55.7 inches tall (minus .8 inches), with a 107.1-inch wheelbase (+.8 inches). Amongst the about competitive set, it is even bigger than the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, hardly even bigger than the Mazda3, and 1. inches shorter than the Volkswagen Jetta. This should really make the cabin even roomier we’ll have to see what the reduced peak does for rear-seat headroom. Specs make the rear seat legroom, 38 inches, on par with some total-size vehicles.
The 2021 Elantra will be provided in the identical SE, SEL and Limited trim strains. As for locomotion, the foundation automobile will get the recent 2.-liter 4-cylinder engine with 147 hp and a CVT. Hyundai does maintain out hope for performance with an N-Line edition with a turbo 4. And to retain up with the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and the Honda Perception (a Civic hybrid by a various identify), there is a hybrid edition with a 1.6-liter gas engine, a 43-hp electric motor, a put together 139 hp, a six-velocity dual clutch transmission, and a put together EPA rating of “more than … 50 mpg.” The Corolla and Perception hybrid editions are rated at 52 mpg.
The functions of the Elantra should really – could – shore up the sagging market for compact vehicles, which fell to 1.39 million previous calendar year from 1.56 million. The Elantra ranked fourth previous calendar year with 175,094 gross sales, down 13 p.c, just behind the Nissan Sentra. The Civic and Corolla sold far more than 300,000 units.
Not to diss the compact sedan market in the the very least, but we can only hope the identical styling, functions set and technological innovation of the Elantra arrive before long to Hyundai’s compact Tucson SUV, whose third-generation went on sale in 2015 and obtained a refresh in 2019. Assume it later this calendar year as a 2021 model. Hyundai has been on a roll with outstanding rollouts previous calendar year, together with the midsize Palisade SUV and the Sonata. It is very likely to carry on with the Elantra, and then, we hope, with the Tucson.