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Fourth generation Hyundai Elantra
Larger, safer and closer to higher categories

New Hyundai Elantra - front view.

The profile features sculpted surfaces, a bodyside character line that has a family resemblance to Azera, with bodycolor door handles and mirrors.

Motion Trends,
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, Azera, Santa Fe, 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.

New Hyundai Elantra - Chrome headlight bezels and grille bars, for a more upscale appearance.

Chrome 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 Sentra, Honda 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.

Elantraís standard front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupantís 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.

Thereís 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.

New Hyundai Elantra - The rear styling continues with taillamps echoing the theme of the headlamps, a bodycolored rear license plate garnish and integrated bumper fascia.

Rear styling with an integrated bumper fascia.

Active safety - Equally if not more important, the new Elantra 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 loading conditions.

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.

Elantraís all-new chassis features fully independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars and motor-driven rack-and-pinion steering.

New Hyundai Elantra - seats view.

New Hyundai Elantra - optional steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and telescoping adjustment

New Hyundai Elantra - Blue back lighting.

New Hyundai Elantra - 4-speed automatic with a new gated console-mounted floor shifter.

New Hyundai Elantra - Two-tone interior and illuminated switches

Two-tone interior, blue back lighting and illuminated switches.

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 Elantraís face. The profile features sculpted surfaces, an expressive bodyside character line that has a family resemblance to Azera, with bodycolor door handles and mirrors.

The rear styling continues with taillamps echoing the theme of the headlamps, a bodycolored rear license plate garnish and integrated bumper fascia.

Interior - The new Elantra is wider and taller than its predecessor. Increasing the height 2.2 inches (55.8 mm) and moving the driverís 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 compact one.

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 driverís 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 driverís auto-down and illuminated switches.

New Hyundai Elantra - The trunk volume is closer to the lower end of the midsize cars category.

The 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 Hyundaiís 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 EPAís Green Vehicle Guide to Green Cars, to be certified as Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (SULEV).

New Hyundai Elantra - Clean cover for the 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve engine with CVVT.

Clean 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 California.

Outside of the green states, the Elantra is available in Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) configurations. Elantra is powered by Hyundaiís 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 (CVVT).

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, 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.

New Hyundai Elantra - 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.

Standard 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 predecessorís 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.

New Hyundai Elantra - Standard 4-wheel disc brakes, ABS and EBD.

Standard 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 tweeters.

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 anti-perforation coverage.

In addition, Elantra buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance 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 expenses.

 

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