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28th June, 2011

Hyundai Motor Company Australia's newly released small car, the Elantra, demonstrates Hyundai’s ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities’ philosophy.

Although the all-new Hyundai Elantra competes in the small segment, it offers interior space and amenities comparable with many larger sedans, generating authority and distinction with a sporty and dynamic presence.

Key features of the all-new Elantra:

  • “Fluidic Sculpture” design by Hyundai's North American Design Centre in Irvine, California
  • “Class-above” (ie. mid-size) car interior volume
  • Australian tuned suspension and steering
  • New 1.8-litre “Nu” engine
  • 4% more power (compared to its predecessor)
  • Six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission
  • Up to 11 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency (compared to its predecessor)
  • 5 star ANCAP rating
  • Standard safety features VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
  • full iPod®/USB connectivity and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
  • Rearview camera and reverse park assist available

Hyundai “Fluidic Sculpture” Design

At the first glance of its ‘Wind Craft’ inspired shape, it's clear the all-new Hyundai Elantra has a head-turning presence on the road. Designed at Hyundai's North American Design Centre in Irvine, California, the all-new Elantra exemplifies Hyundai’s emotional “Fluidic Sculpture” design principles providing the illusion of constant motion and flowing lines.

Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Elantra a compact, 'athletic' appearance. The addition of a strong undercut feature line starting at the front door, combined with 'muscular' wheel arches and a sleek roofline, make an impactful and assertive package. The overall result is a sleek aerodynamic on-road stance.

A new interior design embodies a dynamic and futuristic direction, offering a striking and stylish cabin, with a bold silver garnish originating at the crash pad and flowing to the console in a sculptured airstream-like contour. The combination high-gloss black and metallic finishes add a futuristic and high-tech feel to the interior of Elantra.

Dynamic and refined elements include a four spoke steering wheel with fingertip control of audio, Bluetooth©, trip computer and cruise control systems, and a VFD (Vacuum Florescent Display) instrument cluster with two-cylinder design displaying key information with crystal clarity and minimal eye stress, illuminated in Hyundai’s signature blue hue in the Premium top-spec model.


The sporty exterior of all-new Elantra belies its spacious in-cabin dimensions, delivering a light and extremely airy and spacious interior The Elantra offers class-leading interior volume with exceptional comfort for front and rear seat passengers alike.

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, new Elantra’s interior volume is classified as mid-size.  At 3,126.2 litres (110.4 cu ft), it eclipses some cars in the medium segment, such as Acura TSX (Honda Accord Euro) and VW Passat CC.

Elantra’s boot accommodates 420 litres of luggage, which is easily expanded through the 60/40 split rear seat.


The Elantra is fitted with Hyundai’s all-new 1.8L Nu petrol engine. Made from all-aluminium, it’s light, powerful and delivers a power output of 110 kW @ 6,500 rpm, and torque of 178 Nm @ 4,700 rpm. Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum offer power, efficiency, and refinement provide a 30 per cent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. The Nu engine also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

As one of an elite group of auto manufacturers who design and manufacture their own transmissions, Hyundai matched the Elantra’s 1.8-litre engine to a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. This new breed of in-house transmissions offer slick, smooth gear transitions and to further enhance the economy of the driveline, while a Gear Shift Indicator (manual variants) or an ECO Indicator (Auto variants) prompts the driver on fuel efficient and economical driving habits.

The new 6-speed automatic is 5 kg lighter than the 4-speed it replaces on the old Elantra. It also has 62 fewer moving parts, and features a super flat torque converter minimising leading to reduced length and width - again reducing costs and increasing durability.

Engine design efficiencies combined with a Elantra’s class-leading drag co-efficient (0.28) to deliver fuel consumption as low as 5.6 L/100 kms* for highway travel in the manual variant.

The all-new Elantra delivers 4% more power and 11% better fuel efficiency than the outgoing model.

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*Source ADR81/02. Fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits and the condition of the vehicle.

Key Engine Features for Elantra

  • Aluminium block and head
  • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  • Variable Induction System (VIS)
  • Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Offset crankshaft

Ride and Handling

The all new Elantra’s suspension and steering have been specifically calibrated for local driving conditions, to accommodate Australia’s unique road surfaces.

Testing was undertaken in Australia for the optimum front and rear suspension combination, together with revised mapping of the control unit on the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS). The result is a consistently sporty driving experience with refined dynamics to handle variable Australian road conditions.

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A McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers, improves responsiveness and agility as well as providing a smooth ride and excellent road shock absorption.

The rear suspension is a lightweight coupled torsion beam for enhanced steering stability, fitted with twintube shock absorbers for enhanced ride comfort. A 24.0 mm diameter front stabiliser bar helps reduce body roll when cornering with a three-point insulator design and enlarged bushings to improve road insulation; six-point reinforcement of the cross member enhances rigidity and handling.

Advanced Safety Technology

All-new Hyundai Elantra delivers a very good level of safety, achieving a 5-star safety rating from Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). Elantra possesses the advanced safety feature Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).

VSM integrates all the active safety systems in the vehicle, including the MDPS steering. VSM intervenes alongside ESC to help maintain vehicle control by applying a variable input to steering weight, helping prevent the vehicle losing control in emergency situations, such as when suddenly braking or rapidly accelerating under asymmetric (wet or slippery on one side and dry on the other) road surface conditions.

Elantra delivers class-leading safety features and is equipped with the following features across the entire range: Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronics Stability Control (ESC) incorporating Traction Control System (TCS), six airbags including front side (thorax) and side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include four- channel Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), three-point retractable seatbelts for all occupants with pretensioners and load limiters on the front seat belts. Central door locking, engine immobiliser and keyless entry with burglar alarm are also standard on all models.

Key Features

The all-new Elantra offers an array of driver and passenger comfort features including: dual zone climate control with Cluster Ioniser, Bluetooth/MP3/WAM, rain sensing wipers, rear park assist, push button start with proximity Smart Key, front seat warmers and sunroof. (Not all features are available on all models)

The all-new Elantra will be available in three trim levels, Active, Elite and Premium and will be available in seven exterior colours with a black interior.





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NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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