- The seventh generation of the Elantra was unveiled in Hollywood, California;
- The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is wider, longer and has an extended wheelbase;
- A new Hybrid variant will be added to the 2021 Elantra lineup.
Despite the very real threat linked to the COVID-19, Hyundai still proceeded to the official launch of its new 2021 Elantra sedan, a sedan that now takes the form of a four-door coupe, according to the Korean brand.
The manufacturer had already published a short video – and some photos – last week in anticipation of this world unveiling of the seventh generation of the model, but now the new version is revealed in broad daylight with a more dynamic silhouette than that of the outgoing model. Wider, longer and with an extended wheelbase, the new 2021 Elantra is also lower, in short, a trend often observed throughout the industry in recent years. In this regard, Hyundai says the interior has not been handicapped by this sharper design, good news for those who might want to leave their car behind for an SUV.
Unsurprisingly, the new 2021 Hyundai Elantra continues its journey with its usual powertrains, an atmospheric 2.0-litre Atkinson 4-cylinder engine that develops 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. As is already the case with the outgoing Elantra, it’s an IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) gearbox that takes care of routing everything to the front-wheel drive.
However, it is the addition of an Elantra Hybrid that highlights the launch of this new generation of the model. Indeed, the Korean manufacturer used a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle and another 32 kW electric motor to reach a total power of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. In this case, it’s a dual-clutch gearbox that will take the torque to the front drive wheels.
It remains to be seen whether Hyundai will continue the adventure of a Sport variant equipped with a turbocharged engine and even a six-speed manual transmission. Unless an N livery comes to muddy the waters in the compact sports segment. We’ll see in a few months in this case.
We could also take a look at the interior, the dashboard of the new Elantra is inspired by the Sonata or even the Palisade, with a touch screen connected to the instrumentation gauge behind the steering wheel. The bar on the right side of the center console has also been integrated into the first row of seats, something that somewhat reminds the more “sporty” side of the car.
As is customary at Hyundai, the standard equipment will be generous, as will the options list. These include wireless charging of smart devices or even wireless connection to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, not to mention the plethora of advanced security systems. In short, what emerges from this launch is that Hyundai has not thrown in the towel in the compact sedan segment.
The first copies of the new 2021 Hyundai Elantra are expected before the end of the year in Canada. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, Canadian prices have not been disclosed.