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Old 12th April 2006, 13:52   #46
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Few more pics.. & only one word for it--corolla


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Hyundai it seems is quite devoid of imagination. That one ingredient which cannot be taught.
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Default Elantra 2007 press release

2007 Hyundai Elantra Debuts at New York International Auto Show

All new from headlight to taillight, Elantra brings more refinement, safety and interior space to compact car shoppers.

"The all-new Elantra delivers more interior space than Civic or Corolla -- even more space than Acura TL -- and a level of ride and handling refinement that's both agile and comfortable," said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Add in great standard safety features like six airbags, anti-lock brakes and active front head restraints, and our assertive new design, and it's clear that Elantra offers unbeatable value."

All Elantra models have six standard airbags, including two advanced front airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and two side curtain airbags protecting front- and rear-seat outboard passengers. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 45 percent according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Side-impact airbags are expensive options on competitors such as Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, and are not available on the Chevrolet Cobalt. Side curtain air protection is optional on Corolla and Cobalt and still not available on Focus.

Accident avoidance technologies start with Elantra's all-new chassis featuring fully independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars and motor-driven rack-and-pinion steering. The Elantra's standard power braking system has front and rear discs with a four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that includes Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). ABS helps the driver maintain vehicle steering control in slippery conditions and in emergency maneuvers. EBD is integrated into the ABS, automatically adjusting the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions. Four-wheel disc brakes are a key leadership feature for the segment, as traditional rear drum brakes are still found on the 2006 Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cobalt.

Elantra's standard front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant's head and the head restraint during a rear collision and are highly recommended by safety-focused organizations such as the IIHS.

All seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints. The shingle-style rear-seat head restraints improve visibility when there are no rear seat passengers, while protecting these passengers when they are in the vehicle. There's also an energy absorbing steering column and front seatbelt pretensioners, force limiters and adjustable-height shoulder anchors. A LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system in the rear-seat area provides secure attachment for child seats.

In low-speed impacts, the Elantra's five-mph front and rear bumpers help minimize damage. In higher-energy collisions, its steel unibody structure is engineered to dissipate crash energy as its crumple zones deform, while bodyside reinforcements help maintain the integrity of the passenger compartment. Hood buckling creases and safety stops help to control the deformation of the hood in a frontal collision.


Elantra continues the dramatic new styling resurgence introduced on the all-new 2007 Santa Fe -- refined and confident. This new theme resonates in Elantra's assertive front appearance, rising beltline, sculpted body side and an overall lively appearance. For a more upscale appearance, chrome headlight bezels and grille bars highlight Elantra's assertive face. The profile of Elantra features confidently sculpted surfaces, an expressive bodyside character line that has a family resemblance to Azera and a clean look with bodycolor door handles and mirrors. The rear styling compliments the front design with taillamps echoing the theme of the headlamps, and the cohesive look continues with a bodycolored rear license plate garnish and integrated bumper fascia.


Elantra is wider and taller than its predecessor. Increasing the height 2.2 inches and moving the driver's seating position up 1.8 inches opened up the cabin for more room and flexibility. Two inches of added width deliver more front and rear shoulder room as well. This repackaging delivers a remarkably spacious interior -- one that is truly a "class above" Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla for interior room.

Elantra is so roomy the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, not a compact car like Civic and Corolla. With 97.9 cubic feet of passenger room and 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, the Elantra has the most interior volume (passenger volume plus trunk space) for a sedan in its class. Elantra's total interior volume of 112.1 cubic feet easily betters the 2006 Civic sedan (102.9 cu. ft.), 2007 Nissan Sentra (110.8 cu. ft.) and 2006 Corolla (103.8 cu. ft.), and, surprisingly, even surpasses the interior volume of the near-luxury Acura TL (110.4 cu. ft.) sedan. Elantra trunk capacity also beats Civic and Corolla. Its 14.2 cu. ft. of trunk volume is 18 percent larger than Civic and five percent bigger than Corolla.

Thoughtful design touches bring harmony and substance to Elantra's interior. The dashboard slopes downward to give a feeling of more space and greater visibility while offering an aesthetic shape. The contrasting two-tone color schemes (available in beige and gray tones) combined with metallic finishes match the more sophisticated and upscale exterior styling.

New levels of detail and craftsmanship are found throughout the interior. Luxurious supple leather is available on Elantra, but cannot be found on Civic. For the first time, heated seats are available. Another first, Elantra also offers steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and telescoping adjustment. Blue back lighting adds a youthful, but refined ambience at night.

The center console features a two-level storage compartment and a comfortable armrest. An overhead sunglasses holder has built-in map lights, and map pockets are integrated into the front door panels. Seatback storage pockets provide additional room for small items. Storage can also be found in the dash, center stack and console. A convenient handbag strap holder is sure to surprise and delight owners. Dual front cupholders and an available rear armrest with cupholders complete the interior.

The Elantra's comfortable and versatile seating includes a multi-adjustable driver's seat with height adjustment, adjustable head restraints and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback that makes it easy to accommodate cargo.

Conveniences like standard cabin air filter, rear window defroster, tilt steering wheel, tinted glass, two-speed variable intermittent windshield wiper with mist function, dual vanity mirrors, and power windows with driver's auto-down and illuminated switches make the Elantra seem like it's a class above its modest price point.

The high-volume Elantra GLS Premium Package offers a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and Hyundai's first auxiliary jack, which allows iPods(R) and other portable MP3 players to be connected to the vehicle audio system. Also included are air conditioning, cruise control, fog lights, windshield shade band, rear center armrest with cupholders, power heated mirrors, power locks, and remote keyless entry with trunk open, panic alert, and alarm. XM satellite radio will be available beginning in the fall.


Many Elantras sold in California, Maine, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts will score high on the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide to Green Cars and be certified as Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (SULEV). The SULEV Elantra is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles and helps Hyundai meet its environmental commitments. In fact, the 2007 Elantra is projected to earn Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) certification in California, which few models in the entire automotive industry earn. Outside of the green states, the Elantra is available in Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) configurations.

Hyundai's advanced 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine powers Elantra. This sophisticated 16-valve powerplant employs an aluminum cylinder head that features dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT). The combination helps give the engine a very broad power spread, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

The CVVT unit is positioned on the exhaust camshaft and controls the intake valve timing by advancing and retarding the intake cam in relation to the exhaust cam. The CVVT system increases volumetric and thermodynamic efficiency, which helps the engine deliver improved performance at high rpm and increased torque at low rpm. With better cylinder charging, fuel economy is also increased. By optimizing valve overlap, NOx emissions are reduced due to the resulting Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) effect.

The ULEV variation is rated at an estimated 138 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. SULEV engines are available only with a four-speed automatic transmission, and are rated at an estimated 132 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 133 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm.


The Elantra comes standard with a precise five-speed manual gearbox. A smooth four-speed automatic with a new gated console-mounted floor shifter is available as an option and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for higher fuel economy at freeway speeds.


Elantra's design team worked to solve the classic design tradeoffs between interior roominess, agility and driving comfort. On one hand, interior space and cargo room are critically important to a sedan in its class; on the other hand, secure, responsive handling and good road isolation are also priorities.

The Elantra's ride quality improves upon that offered by Civic, Corolla, Focus and Cobalt. An advanced, motor-driven, engine-speed-sensing rack-and-pinion power steering ensures the new Elantra has a more agile driving feeling than the outgoing model, and key competitors.

Elantra delivers a comfortable ride and responsive handling thanks to a front MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers, and multi-link suspension and twin-tube gas shock absorbers. A 23.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar and 17.0 mm rear stabilizer bar, which is larger than its predecessor's by 5.0 mm, helps reduce body roll when cornering, and tunes the Elantra's at-the-limit handling for maximum predictability. To enhance stopping power, the front and rear brakes are larger than its predecessor's at 10.8 inches (275 mm) for the front and 10.3 inches (262 mm) for the rear.

The 2007 Elantra body stiffness is up 49 percent from the outgoing model and nine percent over Corolla. Significant increases in body stiffness levels allowed Hyundai engineers to deliver a dynamic package that left little to compromise during the shock and bushing tuning phases. The result is precise steering and handling and a well-controlled, yet comfortable ride. By improving body rigidity and applying an optimized door sealing strategy, Hyundai engineers successfully reduced road noise two decibels below a comparably equipped 2006 Honda Civic based on internal testing.


The Elantra is available in three distinctive trim levels -- GLS, SE and Limited.


In keeping with Hyundai's high-value approach to standard equipment, the Elantra GLS has a remarkable array of desirable features. The Elantra delivers standard safety technologies unsurpassed in its segment, with six airbags, ABS with EBD, 4-wheel disc brakes, active front head restraints, and adjustable head restraints for all seating positions. A partial list of other standard features includes: power windows, intermittent windshield wipers, multiple storage areas, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, tachometer, dual vanity mirrors, tinted windows, two 12-V outlets and tilt steering wheel. The Preferred Package adds air conditioning and a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with tweeters. The available Premium Package includes the equipment in the Preferred Package plus power heated mirrors and locks, remote keyless entry with trunk release, panic alert and alarm, windshield shade band, fog lights, rear center armrest with cupholders, cruise control and an auxiliary jack. The available Premium-Sport Package includes everything in the Premium Package plus 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55-R16 tires and power sunroof.


The sport-oriented SE adds all the equipment in the GLS Premium Package plus a telescoping leather steering wheel with audio controls that features seek, volume, and mute functions, leather shift knob, 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55HR16 tires, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and trip computer. The only option is a power sunroof. In addition to the available gray and beige two-tone, the SE is also available in a sporty monotone black interior.


The Limited trim takes the Elantra upscale by building on the SE equipment with leather seating surfaces, leather door panel inserts, leather armrest and heated front seats. A Sun and Sound package is available that combines a power sunroof and a 220-watt premium audio system featuring AM/FM/6-CD changer/cassette/MP3 and an external amplifier.


The all-new Hyundai Elantra lineup is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty(TM). Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Elantra buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit), which includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of these coverages.

Source: Hyundai Motor America
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Old 15th April 2006, 13:24   #49
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ELANTRA-- GOOD LOOKING!!!!!!!?????????!!
And that car looks like the new accent to me.
Hope to see it in India as Hyundai is a major player here.
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Hyundai should just declare that they are here to copy and remix car designs. There was just a rare case with the Embera. Dont know whether the design is orignal though?
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Old 15th April 2006, 13:41   #51
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Originally Posted by talktome_no1
Hyundai should just declare that they are here to copy and remix car designs. There was just a rare case with the Embera. Dont know whether the design is orignal though?
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Old 26th April 2006, 15:39   #52
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i dis-agree with all of you. I think the elantra looks quite good in its current form, the earlier grille and lights were a bit sedate (Us version) but after they made the grille and lights in chrome, it really made it good looking.
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I SIMPLY LOVE THE LOOKS OF ELENTRA... I Somehow give a sleek look... and a very stylish.. I have not driven one.. but I have seen the spacing inside.. its really a great car for me.. but iam not seeing anything on performance here.. ...
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It Looks Nice... That Companies Like Hyundai R Also Innovating...!!!
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Elantra in it's current selling form is quiet NOT upto the standards. In design especially!
Ofcourse, We dont expect more from a Hyundai. A hyundai always comes with it's own label : CHEAP!! And if it's not, then they're not worth spending time with.
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Old 2nd May 2006, 16:33   #55
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well i don't like anything from the hyundai stable having owned an accent and the santro. but a short spin in a crdi elantra surely made it an exception to the anti-hyundai rule.
infact this might just call for some flogging but i think the elantra is a much more luxurious car than the ovtavia and has much better interiors as well. Its just not about the mine if bigger than yours game, it plays a bigger game than that.

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Old 4th May 2006, 11:30   #56
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well....the new elantra is featured in Autocar May 06.........the front headlight is like that of Audi and the rear one closely resembles corolla.........the new accent (verna) is also featured......with an all new 4 cylinder crdi engine instead of the current 3 cylinder crdi engine..with an astounding output of 110BHP......but when it comes to India (detuned) dont expect that much, but it will still be around 100BHP.....well that should be something....but then what will be the output of the new elantra???? definitely more than that!!!but i still dont have any regret in my new car - the new ford fiesta Tdci.....i'm still in love with it

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Yup though i like the new elantra, it does look like the corolla at the rear and the taillights resemble the new civic which is coming to india.....but overall it does look really good and has a mean aggresive stance. Lets see when it comes out in india finally...
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Any idea when is the new elantra expected. I am looking for a diesel car between 8-10L range. I do not like the looks of Verna so its ruled out and Fiesta is not powerful enough.

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I read the review of Elantra in US where it retails for 17,000$ for the full spec version(Curtain roof airbags etc.,)
The reviewer put it in league of Civic etc., and called it a better VFM with more space than competition and useful 138BHP(Petrol engine) with good FE.
Hyundai cars are rated as trash in US, irrespective of their quality etc., Now a US based magazine is saying that its one of the best and a competitor for the best 15-20,000$ car.
If they can launch it at the price of the current elantra, it will be a winner here too.
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I have heard similar raving reviews on Sonata V6 too in comparison to Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. I do not know what stops the manufacturers to launch the same vehicles at similar prices in India too. Its time Our govt makes ABS and Air bags compulsory (st least front ones if not curtains..)
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