HYUNDAI Elantra Sedan
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Hyundai released the Elantra and the Elantra Hybrid in 2021, at the Lot Studios in West Hollywood.
The new models came with a redesigned exterior as well as upgraded useful features.
In order to reach the new exciting design, Hyundai reshaped the car by making it longer and wider and lower (the car was lowered by 0.8-inch). All these changes did not affect the roomy interior.
The Elantra was equipped with a 2.0-liter MPI engine which developed 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. Due to the Intelligent Variable Transmission, both performance and fuel consumption were improved. The car used the K3 Vehicle Platform, which allowed lowering the center of gravity, giving the driver an improved efficient handling.
The interior offered high functionality and comfort. While the headroom remained the same as in the previous models, the legroom was improved due to the longer wheelbase. The trunk space was also a forte of the new Elantra.
The infotainment system available consisted of two futuristic 10.25-inch screens, both of them placed under the same piece of glass. Included was a smart navigation system with real-time route updates.
The smartest feature used by Hyundai when it comes to technology was the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While everybody was used to keeping their phones plugged, that was no longer the case. The car was also equipped with dual Bluetooth which allowed the connection of two different devices, for example, one for music streaming and the other one for phone calls.
The sixth generation Hyundai Elantra came with a bold new aerodynamic design with sophisticated styling, all-new powertrains, better ride quality and noise insulation.
From the front, the new Elantra is defined by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille that projects a distinctive character when combined with its modern lighting signatures, including available HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and unique vertical LED daytime running lights, which are firsts for Elantra. The interior continues to depict a modern driver-oriented design and comes with new instrument cluster, central console, infotainment system, seats, materials and more.
Hyundai refreshed the Elantra’s fifth generation in 2014 and claimed that it brought improvements in all the areas, especially on the engineering side.
Elantra evolved impressively since its first generation, which debuted in 1990. The fast development took the once humble small-sized vehicle to a compact-segment sedan that offered more room inside it than some mid-size sedans.
From the outside, the changes were minimal. Unlike other Elantra’s generations, when a facelift was easy to spot, on the 2014 model, it was barely noticeable. At the front, the carmaker changed the vertical fog lights with a new set of L-shaped ones. The front bumper received a new shape to fit them, and also, the headlights sported LED accents. In the back, there were new accents for the taillights.
Hyundai installed a standard, 4.3” infotainment system with reversing camera, iPod/USB inputs, and six speakers for the interior. A 7” system with a third-generation navigation unit was available at extra costs and included the Pandora radio system.
The carmaker enhanced the drivetrain with stiffer suspensions and improved engines. It also introduced a new trim level, Sport, which was powered by a direct-injected 2.0-liter engine and a standard six-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic was on the options list. The base engine was the 145 hp, 1.8-liter four-pot powerplant.
The Elantra exemplifies Hyundai’s emotional “Fluidic Sculpture” design principles.
“Fluidic Sculpture” considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. Elantra is an evolution of the design qualities found in Sonata. Successful sedans in the U.S. market all have a distinct silhouette and Day Light Opening (DLO – a designer’s term for the side glass) and the Elantra is no different. Along the Elantra’s sides are Sonata’s flowing lines, with the addition of a strong undercut feature line starting at the front door. These lines, along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek roofline, create a memorable and spacious package. Flowing lines also lead to an aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra is an exceptionally low 0.28 that compares favorably to the Chevrolet Volt (0.29).
Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Elantra a compact athletic face. The assertive stance is complimented by 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels and athletic proportions. Available fog lights and side repeater mirrors complete the distinct design. The Elantra was designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.
The 4th generation Hyundai Elantra was presented to the large public at the 2006 New York Auto Show.
Codenamed the HD, it initially came with a single body style, the 4-door sedan. Later on, in 2008, Hyundai introduced a new 4-door touring variant for the North American market only. Also for the North American market was the 2.0L engine delivering 138 hp, apart from the 1.6L petrol/diesel units available for the other markets. The car was available with 2 trim levels - GLS and SE - starting the 2008 year model. The SE version benefited from electronic stability control, improving car’s handling and braking.
Hyundai was keen to place a sure-step in the compact-sedan segment and introduced the Elantra four-door version in 2000 and refreshed it three years later.
Most of the carmakers are introducing facelifted versions after four years from the launch of a new generation. Hyundai shortened that period to three years. As a result, the 2003 Elantra sedan came with several improvements to keep its market share.
The facelifted version featured a wider grille at the front and redesigned headlights and bumper on the outside. But overall, it was hard to tell the differences between the two vehicles. In the rear, there was a more straightforward design of the decklid and improved taillights. When Hyundai introduced the third generation of the Elantra, it axed the station-wagon and offered the car either as a sedan or as a hatchback.
Inside, a reworked instrument cluster provided a crisp design and well-organized layout. Its white-on-black gauges with blue back-lit were easy to read. The center stack featured a Clarion sound system fitted as an option, and the HVAC controls placed bellow, with a tiny display that was harder to read, especially at night. The Elantra’s cabin was fit for five passengers, even though there was not too much legroom for the rear bench occupants.
Under the hood, Hyundai installed a choice of five engines, both diesel, and gasoline. It received a 4-speed automatic transmission for selected markets. The carmaker offered the five-speed manual as standard for the entire range.
In 2000, Hyundai introduced the third generation of the Elantra in a few shapes and sizes.
The Sedan was one of the best-selling version,
The car barely made it into the compact segment, according to those years’ standards. It was a new era for Hyundai, and it showed it, especially from the outside. Another strong point for Elantra was the reliability index, which grew when compared to its predecessor.
The Elantra sedan featured a four-door and three-box bodywork. At the front, it featured angled headlights with sharp lines and distinct headlamps inside the same clear-glass cover. Its V-shaped grille was continued on the hood with two long lines connected to the A-pillars. On the sides, the beltline started from the wheel arches end went all the way to the taillights. The sloped line of the rear window started to descend above the rear seat passengers area.
Inside, the Elantra featured a simple dashboard and instrument cluster, with a rounded center console. Its front seats featured more adjustments, including on the vertical axis. In the rear, there was limited headroom for adult passengers, but enough for children.
Hyundai installed a choice of three engines for the Elantra. The base version offered enough power for a daily driver, and it was fuel-efficient, while the top-performer featured a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, quick enough to keep the rhythm with other European compact vehicles.