profile features sculpted surfaces, a
bodyside character line that has a family
resemblance to Azera, with bodycolor door
handles and mirrors.
19th May 2006.
It will be the seventh all-new Hyundai
model in 24 months, when the 2007 Elantra reaches the U.S.
dealerships (and other international markets) this fall,
following its world debut last month at the 2006 New York
International Auto Show.
The "7 all-new products in 24
months" plan included the arrival of the all-new
Tucson, Sonata, Accent,
Entourage and Elantra.
All new from headlight to taillight,
the fourth generation Elantra sedan comes with remarkable
standard safety features for the compact car segment
(C-segment, lower medium category in European
classifications), such as six airbags, anti-lock brakes
and active front head restraints.
headlight bezels and grille bars, for a
more upscale appearance.
In its category, the Hyundai
Elantra competitors list includes the Toyota Corolla, Ford
Focus, Chevrolet Cobalt, Nissan
Civic, Mazda3, VW
Jetta and others.
Passive safety - Standard
equipment in all Elantra models will include two advanced
front airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags,
and two side curtain airbags protecting front- and
rear-seat outboard passengers.
According to the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),
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.
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
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.
styling with an integrated bumper fascia.
Active safety - Equally if not
more important, the
standard active safety (accident avoidance)
equipment list includes power braking system with front and
rear discs, a four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS helps the driver maintain vehicle steering
control in slippery conditions and in emergency
manoeuvres) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD
is integrated into the ABS). EBD automatically adjusts the
braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle
For the compact segment, four-wheel
disc brakes are a key leadership feature, as traditional
rear drum brakes are still found on many competitors, at
least in basic versions.
Elantra’s all-new chassis features
fully independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer
bars and motor-driven rack-and-pinion steering.
interior, blue back lighting and
Design - In styling terms,
Elantra continues the new theme introduced on the all-new
2007 Santa Fe. For a more upscale appearance, chrome
headlight bezels and grille bars highlight Elantra’s
face. The profile features sculpted surfaces, an
expressive bodyside character line that has a family
resemblance to Azera, with bodycolor door handles and
The rear styling continues with
taillamps echoing the theme of the headlamps, a
bodycolored rear license plate garnish and integrated
The new Elantra is wider and taller than its predecessor.
Increasing the height 2.2 inches (55.8 mm) and moving the
driver’s seating position up 1.8 inches (45.7 mm) opens
up the cabin for more room and flexibility. Two inches
(50.8 mm) of added width deliver more front and rear
shoulder room as well.
This repackaging resulted in a more
spacious interior, so roomy the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) classifies the new Elantra as a mid-size car,
not a compact car.
With 97.9 cubic feet (2.77 cubic metre)
of passenger room and 14.2 cubic feet (0.402 cubic metre,
or 402 litres) of trunk space, the Elantra has the most
interior volume (passenger volume plus trunk space) for a
sedan in its class. Its trunk volume is closer to the
lower end of the midsize cars category, than to the
The new Elantra's dashboard comes with
contrasting two-tone colour schemes (available in beige
and grey tones), combined with metallic finishes to match
the exterior styling. The centre console features a
two-level storage compartment and an armrest. Seatback
storage pockets provide additional room for small items.
Dual front cupholders and an optional
rear armrest with cupholders complete the interior.
Available options include leather,
heated seats, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio
controls and telescoping adjustment. An overhead
sunglasses holder has built-in map lights, and map pockets
are integrated into the front door panels.
Seating flexibilities include a
multi-adjustable driver’s seat with height adjustment,
adjustable head restraints and a 60/40 split fold-down
rear seatback to accommodate cargo.
Standard conveniences include cabin air
filter, tilt steering wheel, tinted glass and power
windows with driver’s auto-down and illuminated
trunk volume is closer to the lower end of
the midsize cars category.
For those who prefer their new Elantra
with higher equipment levels, the GLS Premium Package
offers a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers
and Hyundai’s first auxiliary jack, which allows iPods
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
centre 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.
Engines - Hyundai anticipates
that many Elantras sold in California, Maine, New York,
Vermont and Massachusetts will score high enough on EPA’s
Green Vehicle Guide to Green Cars, to be certified
as Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (SULEV).
cover for the 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve
engine with CVVT.
The largest Korean automaker claims
that its SULEV Elantra is as clean as many hybrid electric
vehicles. It projects that the 2007 Elantra will earn
Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) certification in
Outside of the green states, the
Elantra is available in Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)
configurations. Elantra is powered by Hyundai’s
2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine, with an aluminium
cylinder head and 16 valves operated by dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing
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
With better cylinder charging, fuel
economy is also increased. By optimizing valve overlap,
the resulting Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) effect
reduces NOx emissions.
The ULEV variation is rated at an
estimated 138 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. (184
Nm) of torque at 4,600 rpm.
with six airbags.
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. (180
Nm) of torque at 4,600 rpm.
Transmissions - The new Elantra
comes standard with a five-speed manual gearbox.
A 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.
Suspension and steering - A
motor-driven, engine-speed-sensing rack-and-pinion power
steering gives the new Elantra a more agile driving
feeling than the outgoing model, especially that its body
stiffness is up 49 percent from the outgoing model (better
for handling and for noise reduction).
Suspension gets front MacPherson struts
with coil springs and gas shock absorbers, and multi-link
rear geometry with twin-tube gas shock absorbers.
A 23.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar
and 17.0 mm rear stabilizer bar (larger than its
predecessor’s by 5.0 mm), help reduce body roll when
cornering. To enhance stopping power, the front and rear
brakes are larger than in the previous 3rd generation
Elantra, at 10.8 inches (274 mm) for the front and 10.3
inches (262 mm) for the rear.
4-wheel disc brakes, ABS and EBD.
Trim levels - The new Elantra is
available in GLS, SE and Limited trim levels.
Elantra GLS - The Elantra
GLS (base) comes standard with six airbags, ABS with
EBD, 4-wheel disc brakes, active front head restraints,
and adjustable head restraints for all seating positions.
Other standard features include power
windows, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, 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
The Premium Package adds to the
Preferred Package, power heated mirrors and locks, remote
keyless entry with trunk release, panic alert and alarm,
windshield shade band, fog lights, rear centre armrest
with cupholders, cruise control and an auxiliary jack.
The Premium-Sport Package
includes everything in the Premium Package plus 16-inch
alloy wheels with P205/55-R16 tires and power sunroof.
Elantra SE - 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 grey and beige two-tone, the SE is also
available in a sporty monotone black interior.
Elantra Limited - The Limited
trim is the upscale Elantra version. On top of the SE
equipment, the Elantra
Limited gets leather
seating surfaces, leather door panel inserts, leather
armrest and heated front seats.
A Sun and Sound package is available
with a power sunroof and a 220-watt premium audio
system featuring AM/FM/6-CD changer/cassette/MP3
and an external amplifier.
Warranty - The new Hyundai
Elantra lineup is covered by the Hyundai Advantage
warranty, with five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper
protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain
warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage
In addition, Elantra buyers receive
coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage
limit) and that service includes emergency towing, lockout
service and limited coverage for trip-interruption