Hyundai launched the facelift version of the Elantra in the Indian market 6 months ago at the price of INR 15.89 lakh ex-showroom and the Hyundai Elantra was offered only with a 2.0-litre BS6 compliant petrol engine available across three trim variants ‘S’, ‘SX’ and ‘SX(O)’. But now the brand has listed the BS6 emission compliant diesel Elantra in the Indian market and dropped out the entry-level ‘S’ variant making the SX MT(Manual transmission) the new entry-level variant across the petrol and diesel range. The Hyundai Elantra now comes in the SX MT, SX AT and SX(O) AT trim variants.
The new diesel variant will be carrying forward the equipment and features from the outgoing SX and the SX(O) trim which include chrome radiator grille, projector headlamps, LED quad projector headlamps on the top-spec model, LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, electric sunroof, body-coloured ORVMs with chrome surrounds and turn indicators, chrome window belt-line, chrome door handles, a shark fin antenna and 16-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Hyundai Elantra comes with black and beige interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped gear knob, silver finish on the inside door handles, aluminium pedals and supervision instruments cluster. The Elantra also features dual-zone automatic climate control, cluster ionizer, rear AC vents, cooled glove box, tilt & telescopically adjustable control mounted steering wheel, auto-folding electrically adjustable ORVMs, smart key with push-button start/stop, 20.32-cm touchscreen infotainment system with navigation & telematics equipped with Hyundai BlueLink technology.
In the engine department, the new Diesel model comes with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 115 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The petrol model is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 152 ps of power and 192 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual and an optional 6-speed torque converter type automatic gearbox.
In terms of safety, the Hyundai Elantra comes with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, front parking sensors, seat belt reminder, speed-sensing door lock & impact sensing door unlock, TPMS, theft alarm, hill assist, stability control, speed alert system, all 4 disc brakes, ISOFIX etc.
The new diesel Elantra will give Hyundai an upper hand to compete with the petrol-only Honda Civic.