Hyundai has launched its best-ever Elantra in Australia. The all-new sixth-generation 2016 Elantra is the most advanced, refined and affordable Elantra ever.

The driver-focused All-new 2016 Elantra delivers striking new looks, advanced build quality, superior active and passive safety, and premium levels of high-tech standard equipment – all at outstanding value for money.

2016 Elantra’s stylish new looks combine Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille, slimline headlights with standard LED Daytime Running Lights, sweeping side character lines and dynamically styled standard alloy wheels range-wide.

The All-new 2016 Elantra range comprises two highly-specified variants: Active and Elite.

  • Best-ever Elantra offers stylish new looks and outstanding value for money
  • Advanced body structure brings important safety, NVH and dynamic benefits
  • Bigger 2.0-litre Nu engine delivers more torque, better driveability than outgoing model
  • Driver-focused interior offers more shoulder room front and rear, more rear headroom
  • Standard features in both Active and Elite variants include 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlayTM, rear-view camera and park-assist, cruise control, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Automatic Dusk-Sensing Headlights
  • Alloy wheels, including full-size alloy spare, standard range-wide
  • All-new Elantra range from $21,490 MLP

2016 Elantra Range Overview

Both models are powered by Hyundai’s 2.0-litre Nu petrol engine, which delivers more power and – critically – more useable torque than the outgoing fifth-generation Elantra Series II’s 1.8-litre MPi four-cylinder engine.

Entry-level All-new Elantra Active is available with either Hyundai’s smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission or advanced six-speed automatic, while all-new Elantra Elite is equipped exclusively with a six-speed automatic.

All-new Elantra’s stiffer, stronger body structure boasts state-of-the-art construction techniques, using more advanced high-strength steel and aerospace adhesives technology than before.

Its more rigid chassis contributes significantly to All-new Elantra’s new benchmark levels of occupant protection, NVH suppression and vehicle dynamics.

Both All-new Elantra Active and Elite variants come standard with a comprehensive suite of passive and active safety features, including six airbags (driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side (thorax), and full length curtain) together with Hyundai’s Electronic Stability System, including TCS, ABS, EBD, BAS and VSM.

Importantly, All-new Elantra’s stiffer new chassis also gave Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s respected in-house chassis and suspension tuning division a stronger platform to use for its local testing and development work.

“We’re very happy with the new Elantra,” says Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Senior Manager Product Planning (and lead test driver), Andrew Tuitahi. “Apart from its refined new looks, advanced construction methods and significant value improvement, the new car is really enjoyable to drive.

“Probably the most noticeable improvement to the driving experience is the sense of response and refinement – new Elantra feels much more premium.”

All-new Elantra’s value-for-money equation is strong in both model variants. “We’ve bundled an enormous amount of equipment into both Active and Elite variants,” Andrew Tuitahi says.

“There is a slight recommended retail price increase on entry-level Active – only $21,490 – but somewhere in the realm of $2,000 worth of added value has been put into the car, so the value equation is extremely strong. By making sure Active is content-rich, we’ve ensured that the driving experience matches the premium feel customers will identify with.

“In Elantra Elite, the value equation is arguably even stronger,” he says. “Again, we’re looking at about $2,000-$2,500 worth of added value, and it’s actually $300 cheaper than the previous Elantra Series II Elite.”

ALL-NEW 2016 ELANTRA IN DETAIL

 

AUSTRALIAN-FOCUSED RIDE AND HANDLING
All-new Elantra’s strut-front/torsion beam rear suspension brings marked improvements over the similar design found in the outgoing fifth-generation Elantra.

All-new Elantra’s front suspension brings a new sub-frame with optimised geometry specifically engineered to target improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics. Further NVH reduction measures included the adoption of new-design bushings on the front sub-frame and larger bushes on the lower control arm.

More substantial changes have been made to All-new Elantra’s torsion-beam axle rear suspension setup. While the outgoing Elantra’s dampers were mounted diagonally, All-new Elantra features upright, longer dampers and repositioned coil springs.

HMCA Senior Manager Product Planning, Andrew Tuitahi, says the changed orientation of All-new Elantra’s rear dampers is especially significant. The new rear suspension architecture also gave HMCA’s local chassis development team greater scope to fine-tune All-new Elantra’s ride and handling characteristics specifically for Australian conditions.

The biggest change in the Elantra’s suspension architecture is in the rear, with a better motion ratio on the rear damper. The change from a slanted 0.6 ratio, to essentially a 1:1 ratio, means the dampers are now vertically aligned with the wheel movement providing more minute control of the dampers.

All-new Elantra’s stiffer, stronger chassis proved beneficial to HMCA’s chassis development team. Local testing and development work was typically intensive.

“Our aim with the car was to develop exceptional ride comfort first and foremost, and we tested across every road surface we could find,” Andrew Tuitahi says. “Damper testing alone was a month-long process involving short-test urban loops with potholes, speed bumps and other everyday driving challenges. We also carried out extensive testing on twisty mountain roads, often involving mid-corner bumps, course-chip routes, freeway and highway work, and on country roads, including gravel roads.”

In all, HMCA’s chassis development team carried out 48 drive tests on All-new Elantra, analysing 15 different sets of front dampers and 34 sets of rear dampers. The results were then processed by the team’s long-time computer modelling expert and motorsport suspension ‘guru’, David Potter.

Over the course of local All-new Elantra suspension tuning, the team also evaluated three different sets of front springs, two different rear springs, two rear torsion beam bushes and two different front stabiliser bars.

“We’re extremely happy with the outcomes we’ve achieved with All-new Elantra,” Tuitahi says. “Our aim was to give the car the familiar Hyundai Australian dynamic DNA we’ve achieved with our other models, and I believe we’ve done that.

“We want to ensure that our customers can step in to any of our cars and feel confident and comfortable that they’re going to experience excellent steering, ride and handling. With All-new Elantra I believe we’ve successfully added another impressive model to our Australian family of cars.”

Suspension tuning facts:
48 separate suspension combinations evaluated
15 front dampers built and tested
34 rear dampers built and tested
3 front spring options tested
2 rear spring options tested
2 rear torsion beam bushes
2 front stabiliser bars

STIFFER, STRONGER BODY
All-new Elantra’s significantly more rigid body structure is attributable to greater use of advanced high-strength steel and state-of-the-art structural adhesives in its construction. Both these measures contribute towards greatly increased torsional rigidity, improving NVH suppression, enhancing occupant protection and vehicle dynamics.

All-new Elantra’s chassis is reinforced with 53 percent advanced ultra-high tensile steel (versus 21 percent in the outgoing Elantra; a 152 percent increase), resulting in 29.5 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and 25.3 percent greater bending strength.

Additionally, All-new Elantra’s construction involves vastly increased usage of aerospace-derived advanced structural adhesives (120 metres vs three metres in the previous Elantra). This more extensive application of structural adhesives at high stress points greatly reinforces the strength of the body structure’s welded joints.

Also contributing to both structural integrity and passive safety, front side members are now hexagonal in profile and the dash-to-cowl connection has been reinforced. The front apron to the A-pillar now follows a straight and continuous load path and incorporates strategically positioned hot-stamped sections to improve frontal-impact occupant protection. B-pillar assemblies feature partial hot stamping that starts with a reinforcement section (150kgf grade) then transitions into a crumple-zone section (100kgf grade) for improved side impact protection. A local ANCAP crash test on the new AD Elantra will be carried out in the second quarter of 2016.

EXTERIOR AND STYLING
All-new Elantra boasts the latest iteration of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy.

The Elantra’s large Hyundai ‘family signature’ hexagonal front grille is flanked by new slimline projector-beam headlights with integral LED Daytime Running Lights. The distinctive new grille is silver metallic painted on entry-level Active and chromed on Elite.

Projector-beam foglights are standard equipment on both Active and Elite All-new Elantra variants.

In profile, sweeping character lines along its flanks accentuate the car’s dynamic stance.

Also contributing to All-new Elantra’s impressive 0.27 coefficient of drag are front wheel ‘air curtains’ – derived from the Sonata Hybrid – that help channel airflow around the wheels to minimise turbulence and wind resistance. Other aerodynamic aids include strategically positioned underbody covers, a new-design lower rear bumper spoiler and longer rear bootlid.

All-new Elantra is 20mm longer, 25mm wider and 5mm taller than its predecessor.

Distinguishing features unique to All-new Elantra Elite include a distinctive chrome beltline moulding, auto-folding exterior mirrors, front doorhandle courtesy lights and LED rear combination lights.

Both All-new Elantra variants come standard with alloy wheels and full-size alloy spares. All-new Elantra Active’s 16-inch alloys are shod with 205/55 R16 tyres. The Elantra Elite’s 17-inch alloys come with 225/45 R17 tyres.

INTERIOR
Inside, All-new Elantra displays strong family ties to its ground-breaking Hyundai stablemates: Genesis, Sonata and All-new Tucson.

All-new Elantra also introduces a more ergonomically functional, driver-focused interior environment. Major controls are arranged in more logical groups according to function, with multimedia controls at the top, HVAC functions directly below, and drive functions to the right, behind the steering wheel, or on the steering wheel itself.

For ease of use and to create an even more driver-focused feel, All-new Elantra’s centre stack is angled towards the driver by seven degrees.

Also immediately obvious when you step inside the car is the large touchscreen multimedia system with 7-inch TFT LCD display, now standard in both Active and Elite. The system offers a wide range of connectivity options, including USB, AUX, digital iPod and Bluetooth. Also standard in both All-new Elantra Active and Elite is connectivity via compatible iOS device to the innovative Apple CarPlayTM system, including access to Siri voice-activation.

Both All-new Elantra Active and Elite also come standard with six-speaker audio, including twin front tweeters, with steering wheel-mounted controls.

Cabin ambience also has been enhanced via alloy-look air vent surrounds and metallic-painted dashboard/door trim inserts. All-new Elantra Elite variants also feature air-vent/radio/climate-control surrounds finished in high-gloss piano black, together with an ergonomic sliding front centre armrest.

Other All-new Elantra Elite interior highlights include dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, incorporating air vents for rear-seat occupants and automatic windscreen de-fogging function

Adding an even greater feeling of quality and space the Elite variant can also be optioned with a beige leather appointed interior.

All-new Elantra offers more shoulder room front and rear (up 7mm/front and 12mm/rear) and more rear headroom (up 4mm) and substantially more rear legroom (up 59mm).

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSIONS
All-new Elantra is powered exclusively by Hyundai’s naturally aspirated 2.0-litre Nu MPi four-cylinder petrol engine and is paired with either six-speed manual (Active only) or six-speed automatic transmissions (Active and Elite).

With a larger displacement than the outgoing Elantra’s 1.8 MPi engine, the Nu 2.0 MPi produces maximum power of 112kW and 192Nm maximum torque (up 2% and 8% on the outgoing Elantra respectively). Low-end torque has been improved significantly, with peak torque now available at 4,000 rpm (previously 4,700rpm), giving increased driveability and better real-world performance.

The all-alloy 2.0-litre Nu engine boasts such innovative technologies as Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and 2-step variable induction system.

The lightweight six-speed manual transmission available exclusively in All-new Elantra Active includes a new-design gearknob and ergonomically designed reverse lock-out button.

The electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission available in both All-new Elantra Active and Elite features a lock-up torque converter and sporty sequential manual shift mode.

2016 Elantra – HEADLINE SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE FEATURES

  • Six airbags (driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side (thorax), and full length curtains) – standard across the range
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, including Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) – standard across the range
  • Rear-View Camera and Rear Parking Assist System – standard across the range
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Automatic Dusk-Sensing Headlights – standard across the range
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) – standard across the range
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers – Elite variant only
  • Smart Key and Pushbutton Start – Elite variant only
  • Smart Boot – Elite variant only
  • Electric Folding Exterior Mirrors and Courtesy Lights – Elite variant only
  • Electrochromatic (Auto Dimming) Interior Mirror – Elite variant only

KEY FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

2016 ELANTRA ACTIVE

  • 6 airbags (driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), full length curtains)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including:
    • Traction Control System (TCS)
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
    • Brake Assist System (BAS)
    • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
    • Hill-start Assist Control
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • Front foglights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear parking assist system (4 sensors)
  • Rear-view camera
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55R16 tyres
  • Full-size matching spare wheel
  • 7-inch touchscreen audio system with MP3 capability, 6 speakers, AUX / USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility, works with Apple CarPlay™
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone & audio streaming)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Front & rear power windows (driver’s one-touch auto down)
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • One-touch turn signal operation (3 flashes)
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Cloth interior
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Rear seat centre armrest

2016 ELANTRA ELITE (key specifications above Active)

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/45R17 tyres
  • LED tail-lights with bulb turn signal & reverse lights
  • Chrome belt-line moulding
  • Chrome radiator grille
  • Electric folding external mirrors
  • Leather-appointed interior
  • Premium gearknob and steering wheel
  • Dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning with automatic windscreen defog function
  • Electro-chromatic auto-dimming interior mirror (ECM)
  • One-touch window up/down function on driver’s window
  • One-touch turn signal operation (3, 5, or 7 flashes)
  • Proximity Smart Key with pushbutton start and Smart Boot function
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Rear seat cooling vents in centre console
  • Supervision cluster with colour 3.5-inch TFT LCD display
  • Illuminated front door handles
  • Illuminated sunvisors
  • Cargo net

 

PRICING

Engine Transmission

Active

Elite

2.0 MPi Petrol 6 Speed Manual

$21,490

6 Speed Automatic

$23,790

$26,490

*All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs. Metallic paint pricing is $495

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