The Elantra was initially marketed as the Lantra in Australia and some European markets. In Australia, this was due to the similarly named Mitsubishi Magna Elante model. This gave rise to a disagreement with other motor manufacturers, and the name was standardized as "Elantra" worldwide in 2001 (except in South Korea).
First generation (J1; 1990–1995)
Launched in October 1990, the Elantra (codename J1) received a mid-term facelift in 1993.
It was sold in Europe from the spring of 1991. It replaced the somewhat larger on the outside Stellar, although that model had not been offered in many markets. The Elantra competed with the likes of the Ford Sierra and Vauxhall Cavalier/Opel Vectra, but at a considerably lower price.
The Elantra was powered by a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6 L (1595 cc) straight-four. This DOHC 16-valve 1.6 L unit produced 113 hp (84 kW) at 6000 rpm and could push the Elantra to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 9.5 seconds. The quarter-mile (0.4 km) run took 17.1 seconds and produced 80 mph (129 km/h). Top speed was 116 mph (187 km/h). The Elantra got 22 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km) in the city cycle. Starting in 1993 a Mitsubishi-designed 1.8 L (1836 cc) inline-four option was available; this unit produces 124 hp (99 kW) at 6000 rpm.
The vehicle was refreshed in 1992 for the European market, adding Hyundai's current logo to the grille, although North American models retained the previous year's look. In 1993, the vehicle was refreshed again. The third (second in North America) and final facelift of this generation occurred in 1994 for both front and rear fascias. The vehicle featured ABS brakes, front airbags, fog lamps, power-operated side mirrors and optional alloy seven-spoke wheels.
Between 1995 to 1998, the first generation Elantra was also produced and sold for the Indonesian market as the Bimantara Nenggala, it is only available in there with 1.6-litre engine.
The Thailand options were:
- 1.5 GL (Manual only)
- 1.6 GL (Manual and Automatic)
- 1.6 GLS (Manual and Automatic)
- 1.8 GT (Manual and Automatic)
- 1.8 GTS (Manual and Automatic)
Second generation (J2/RD; 1995–2000)
The first Hyundai J2-series model (Hyundai Avante) was launched in the Asia Korean Domestic Market in March 1995 like the Honda Civic as well. The first variants were offered with either 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission and was "only" equipped with an Alpha II G4FK DOHC (1495 cm3/ 91.2 cui) with an advertised power of 79 kW/ 106 hp /107 PS ( JIS net) and 137 Nm / 101 lb-ft of torque.
The introduction of the first Hyundai Beta-series engine came in September 1995 which was manufactured and sold in the European market and vehicle versions and sub-models were named Lantra (Mk2).
The 1.6L Lantra (Mk2) version and sub-models were equipped with the Beta I G4GR DOHC 16v (1599 cm3/ 97.9 cui) engine which had two varying net horsepower in the European market.
Beta I G4GR DOHC 16v (1599 cm3/ 97.9 cui) with an advertised power of 66 kW/ 89 hp/ 90 PS (ECE), and 126 Nm/ 93 lb-ft and torque which was manufactured and sold in the Europe Germany Market.
Beta I G4GR DOHC 16v (1599 cm3/ 97.9 cui) with an advertised power of 84 kW / 113 hp/ 114 PS (ECE) and 143 Nm/ 105 lb-ft of torque which was manufactured and sold in the Europe UK Market
1995 was also the year were Hyundai launched the Hyundai Lantra 1.9 D GL 5-door wagon in the European market. This vehicle was equipped with PSA XUD9 SOHC 8-valve diesel engine with an advertised power of 50 kW/ 67 hp /68 PS ( ECE) and 118 Nm/ 87 lb-ft of torque. This was the first diesel engine powered version of the Hyundai J2 series which was followed by a sedan version in 1997.
Hyundai launched the Beta I series engine in the Asia Korean Domestic Market in the mid-year of 1996. The Beta I G4GM DOHC 16v (1796 cm3/ 109.8 cui), equipped on either the J2-series sedan or touring version but was only offered with an automatic transmission (4-speed gearbox) and had an advertised power of 101.5 kW/ 136 hp / 138 PS (JIS net) and 172 Nm / 127 lb-ft of torque.
The North American Market for the J2-series Elantra were only equipped with the 1.8 Beta G4GM and 2.0 Beta G4GF engines.
Launched in 1995, the second generation (codename RD or J2) was offered as a sedan and station wagon. It was sold in the South Korean market as the "Hyundai Avante" in sedan form and "Avante Touring" in the wagon body style. Some export markets such as Australia and Europe received the series as the "Hyundai Lantra" as per the first generation. Australian market wagons were titled "Lantra Sportswagon".
At launch, a 1.5-liter Alpha SOHC (61 kW or 82 hp) inline-four engine and 1.8-liter Beta DOHC (95 kW or 127 hp) gasoline I4 engine were available domestically. Later, a 1.5-liter lean-burn (66 kW or 89 hp) gasoline engine based on the Alpha DOHC engine was added. The Philippine version, as well as in some European markets, had the 1.6 (1599 cc) Beta, DOHC (G4GR) which produced (86 kW or 115 hp) (in some European markets 66 kW (89 hp)).
New grilles arrived in 1998 for the 1999 model year. The Lantra in Europe converged into a single-front end design, for both sedan and wagon. The model received the "RD2" or "J3" model codes. A PSA-built 1.9-liter atmospheric diesel option was also added for some European markets, producing 68 PS (50 kW).
A new 2.0-liter engine option became available. In Australia the GLS model was an upgrade on the GL model and offered the 2.0-liter engine, velour trim, softer cloth seats and alloy wheels. The GLS had body-colored rear license plate light holder and exterior side-view mirrors.
Third generation (XD; 2000–2006)
An all-new model (codename XD) was launched in 2000. The station wagon version was dropped in favor of a five-door hatchback. Starting in 2001, all American models came with standard front and front-side airbags, air conditioning, power locks, power windows and power steering. This simplified dealer inventories and repairs and also sought to improve Hyundai's image of "value" cars.
In 2003, all models were refreshed (codename XD2); this introduced new headlights and taillights, a new grille, new front and rear bumpers, a refreshed hood and trunk, and a redesigned dashboard.
The GLS trim is standard for the Elantra. The top-of-the-line model, the GT trim, came with a stiffer suspension, leather seats, fog lights, alloy wheels, lip spoiler and blue-lit instrument cluster. Offered as a hatchback since 2001 as a 2002 model year vehicle, the only options for the GT were a power moonroof and anti-lock brakes with traction control. The only major option was a Kenwood MP3/CD deck. The GT trim sedan was introduced in 2003 and discontinued in 2005. The GT trim was replaced for the 2006 model year with the Limited trim, which featured new paint colors, a chrome vertical grille, leather interior with leather steering wheel and leather shifter and wood trim. The Limited trim featured steel rims with a 6-spoke cover featured in the GLS model. The GT trim for the five-door was produced for the remainder of the 2006 model year.
Canadian trim levels differed from that in the US: "GT" models came standard with alloy wheels, four way disc brakes and ABS but leather and TCS were only available on the "premium" GT edition.
The XD was available with 1.6-, 1.8- and 2.0-L gasoline engines and a 2.0-L turbo diesel. North American models are available only with the 2.0-L gasoline engine. The 1.8-L engine is a 1.6-L engine modified for the New Zealand market.
While compact on the outside, it was listed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a mid-size car because of a spacious interior. Although the basic powertrain design had changed little since the second generation, fuel economy improved for Elantras with manual transmissions from an EPA city rating of 24 mpg‑US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp) to 25 mpg‑US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg‑imp), and further to 27 mpg‑US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg‑imp) in 2006. Cars with automatic transmissions returned 23 mpg‑US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp), a reduction of 3 mpg‑US (3.6 mpg‑imp).Horsepower improved from 135 hp (100 kW) to 138 hp (102 kW), and torque from 132 to 136, mainly due to the addition of continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) in 2004. Originally, the horsepower rating was misrepresented as 140 hp (104 kW). In 2006, the Elantra was offered with a SULEV emission rated engine in some US states.
In China, the Elantra XD was produced by Beijing Hyundai from 23 December 2003 to 2011. This car has been used as a taxicab in Beijing since 2005 and replaced the popular red Tianjin Xiali taxi in 2006 in an effort to cut down pollution. The Elantra is available in 5 door hatchback for 2007 and sedan form from 2003 to 2010. Pre facelifted models of the Elantra XD were produced for the 2004 model year and had a facelift in 2007 consisting of new headlights, radiator, rear foglights on the rear bumper and new wheels. Production ran up to 2010. It was facelifted again for the 2011 model year featuring new front and rear lights, bumpers, a single rear bumper fog light, radiator and power folding mirrors with integrated turn signals. A 1.6 liter engine is available on taxi and passenger cars paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox. A 1.8 liter engine was available until 2007.
|Model||Engine||Displ.||Power||Torque||0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)||Top speed|
|1.6L DOHC||I4 16V||1600 cc||79 kW (107 PS; 106 hp) @ 5800 rpm||143 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft) @ 3000 rpm||11.0 sec.||182 km/h (113 mph)|
|1.8L DOHC||I4 16V||1795 cc||94 kW (128 PS; 126 hp) @ 6000 rpm||166 N⋅m (122 lb⋅ft) @ 5000 rpm||9.7 sec.||199 km/h (124 mph)|
|2.0L DOHC||I4 16V||1975 cc||100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) @ 6000 rpm||181 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm||9.1 sec.||206 km/h (128 mph)|
|2.0L CRDi||I4 16V||1991 cc||83 kW (113 PS; 111 hp) @ 4000 rpm||235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) @ 2000 rpm||11.7 sec.||190 km/h (118 mph)|
|Model||Engine||Displ.||Power||Torque||0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)||Top speed|
|1.6L DOHC||I4 16V||1599 cc||77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) @ 6000 rpm||143 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm||11.0 sec.||182 km/h (113 mph)|
|1.8L DOHC||I4 16V||1795 cc||97 kW (132 PS; 130 hp) @ 6000 rpm||162 N⋅m (119 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm||10.2 sec.||195 km/h (121 mph)|
|2.0L DOHC||I4 16V||1975 cc||103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp) @ 6000 rpm||185 N⋅m (136 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm||10.4 sec. (9.1 sec. manual)||208 km/h (129 mph)|
|2.0L CRDi||I4 16V||1991 cc||83 kW (113 PS; 111 hp) @ 4000 rpm||235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) @ 2000 rpm||11.6 sec.||190 km/h (118 mph)|
Fourth generation (HD; 2006–2010)
A redesigned sedan (designated HD) debuted at the 2006 New York Auto Show for the 2007 model year. As before, the HD sold under the Hyundai Avante name in its South Korean home market. It used a resurrected appearance from the 1960s and 1970s called "coke bottle styling".
The engine lineup included 1.6- Gamma and 2.0-liter Beta II gasoline inline-four engines, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel inline-four. All engines featured improved fuel economy. A five-speed manual transmission was standard with an optional four-speed automatic.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the Elantra received a Good overall score in the frontal crash test and a Marginal overall score in the side impact test, but all Hyundai Elantras manufactured after November 2009 earned a Good overall score in the side impact test. Standard side airbags included front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags.
Beijing Hyundai launched a redesigned Elantra called the "Elantra Yue Dong" for the Chinese market with an updated exterior and a separate facelifted 2011 Elantra model. The model was later updated in 2017 and is currently known as the Hyundai Celesta.
Only the 2.0-liter engine was offered in North America. Unlike the 2006 model year XD series, the 2007 model year base HD Elantra GLS trim did not include air conditioning as standard equipment, but added side curtain airbags (previously front and side only), active head restraints and all-round disc brakes with four-channel ABS. The Elantra offered the most interior room in its class, leading the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to classify it as a mid-size car.
- 2008 model year: the "Limited" trim level was dropped, leaving "GLS" and "SE" trim choices. The SE trim included features not available on the "GLS" such as a telescopic steering wheel and electronic stability control (ESC), with sunroof and leather upholstery as options. According to Consumer Reports testing, the "SE" trim has significantly better handling and braking than the base "GLS" trim.
- 2009 model year: iPod and USB interfaces became standard on the "SE" models. On the instrument panel, the gear shift indicator moved to the trip computer display, and the coolant temperature gauge was removed. "GLS" models received new wheel cover designs, and "SE" models had a rear garnish on the rear registration plate border. Exterior color choices now included Natural Khaki. The 2009 model year was J.D. Power's highest quality compact car. The study measured 228 attributes, including overall driving experience, engine and transmission, and a broad range of defect and design problems reported by vehicle owners. The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Elantra SE was consistently chosen as a Top Pick for compact sedans by Consumer Reports magazine.
- 2010 model year: a new "Blue" trim was added, a basic model modified for increased fuel economy. The grille design was slightly modified and "Blue" and "GLS" models received chrome rear garnish. The interior received chrome door handles, new metallic interior finish, cup holders, and a chrome-trimmed gear selector for "SE" models. On "GLS" and "SE" models automatic transmission became standard, while the lesser "Blue" models only offered manual. The "GLS" offered sunroof or an LG navigation system; "SE" included a choice of two packages: a sunroof with heated seats or a sunroof with heated seats, LG navigation and Bluetooth. iPod and USB connectivity became standard on the "GLS" and available on the "Blue". Exterior color choices were slightly changed, with Nordic White and Black Noir Pearl replacing the Captiva White and Black Pearl, respectively; Purple Rain was deleted.
Canadian trim levels were different from the US models. The base model "L" offered a base package with a four-speaker CD/MP3/Auxiliary stereo and front airbags. This trim included power windows in the front with manual windows in the rear. The "GL" added heated mirrors, air conditioning, power windows, heated seats, a six-speaker stereo, wheel-mounted cruise control and keyless entry with alarm. The "GLS" trim added wheel-mounted audio controls, ABS, all-round disc brakes, and front seat-mounted side-impact and roof-mounted side curtain airbags. The "GLS" with the Sport Package included a rear spoiler, power sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, trip computer and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather shifter. The final trim level, the "Limited", added leather seats, a telescopic steering wheel and automatic climate control air conditioning.
Hyundai presented the LPI Hybrid at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show, and sales began as the Avante "LPI Hybrid" in the South Korean market in July 2009. The LPI Hybrid (liquefied gasolineeum injected) is a mild hybrid and is the world's first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by an internal combustion engine built to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a fuel. Hyundai developed the technology and all key components in the LPI Hybrid, together with its local partners including the electric motor, battery and low DC/DC converter. The lithium-ion polymer batteries, which the LPI Hybrid was the first hybrid to adopt, differed from lithium-ion batteries, using a claimedly more stable and fire-resistant dry polymer electrolyte from Korean company LG Chem instead of a liquid or gel.
The LPI Hybrid came equipped with the 1.6-liter Gamma engine, a 15 kilowatts (20 hp) electric motor, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The LPI Hybrid delivered 41.9 miles per US gallon (5.61 L/100 km; 50.3 mpg‑imp). Compared to the conventional 1.6-liter model, and considering South Korean gasoline prices, the LPI Hybrid can travel 39 kilometres (24 mi) for the price of one liter of gasoline, while the conventional model would be able to travel only 15 kilometres (9.3 mi). The engine emitted 99 g/km of CO
2, which allows the car to qualify as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV). The LPI Hybrid produced 90 percent fewer emissions than an equivalent standard gasoline powered model, and LPG is a low carbon emitting hydrocarbon fuel that burns more cleanly than either gasoline or diesel, and also is free of the particulates associated with diesel. The LPI Hybrid shares its powertrain with the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid.
The Elantra hybrid comes with an "Eco Guide" tree icon meant to coach the driver into developing more eco driving habits. The CVT has an optional "E (Eco-Drive)" gear to maximize fuel efficiency. The LPG Hybrid was dropped in Australia due to lack of demand, increase in emphasis on brand image and change in focus to cleaner diesel engines.
Fifth generation (MD/UD; 2010–2015)
The fifth-generation Avante debuted at the 2010 Busan International Motor Show in April 2010. It was codenamed "MD" for the sedan, "UD" for sedans manufactured in the US, and "JK" for the coupe. For the U.S. and Canadian market, it featured a new 1.8-L gasoline engine. In other markets, it featured a 1.6-L gasoline direct-injection engine, producing 103 kW (138 hp) and 167 Nm (123 lb-ft) torque, mated to a new 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. For markets such as the Middle East, the 1.6-L engine was a MPI version that delivers 128 hp. The Israeli market received the Elantra, with a 1.6 GDI 132 hp coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission only. The design continued Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" styling theme first seen in the 2011 Sonata. The new model went on sale in August 2010 in South Korea, and began selling between end of 2010 and early 2011 as a 2011 model. The US version of the fifth-generation Elantra debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. It is powered by a new 1.8-L Nu engine producing 148 hp (145 hp-PZEV) and 131 lb-ft (130 lb-ft-PZEV). The fuel economy was aided by a low drag coefficient of just 0.28. The Nu engine block is made of aluminum instead of the previous cast iron.
EPA's estimated gas mileage 40/29 was questioned by Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica CA consumer group. USA Today writer Jefferson Graham claimed to get combined city/highway mpg of 22 mpg. However, a real-world test by Popular Mechanics showed significantly better fuel economy than EPA estimated MPG. Also, The Truth About Cars editor tested real-world MPG, leading them to give Consumer Watchdog a thumbs down. EPA mileage estimates were originally 29 mpg‑US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg‑imp) in the city and 40 mpg‑US (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg‑imp) on the highway but were revised to 28 mpg‑US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg‑imp) in the city and 38 mpg‑US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg‑imp) on the highway due to a series of testing procedural errors in November 2012. The underpinnings of the second-generation i30 and Elantra were similar in their configuration and makeup. The similarities between the second-generation i30 and Elantra continued in front end and suspension characteristics.
It was available in two trim levels, GLS and Limited. Premium features included heated front and rear seats, proximity key entry with electronic push-button start with immobilizer, and touch screen navigation. US 2011 sales reached 186,361 units, up 41 percent from 2010. The Elantra was crowned North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, over the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat. The Elantra was crowned South African Car of the Year for 2012. At the 8th Manila International Auto Show, the Elantra was crowned as the Philippine Car of the Year, the first Korean car maker to win the award. Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS won the WesBank's Car of the Year in South Africa and North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
- 2012 model year: An ActiveECO system was now included with automatic transmission models, a dual-shell horn was added, steering calibration was adjusted, fog lights and passenger side sun visor extension were added to the GLS Preferred Package, and some exterior color adjustments were made.
- 2013 model year: Manual transmission models received an increase in standard equipment, and heated front seats were added to the GLS Preferred Package. On Limited trims, a power driver seat with lumbar support was now standard and dual zone automatic climate control was available on the Limited Technology Package. Atlantic Blue was a new exterior color option. Halfway through the model year, audio head units were revised to include separate knobs for volume control and tuning options.
In 2013 for the 2014 model year, the Elantra sedan received significant updates. The GLS trim was changed to SE and an all-new Elantra Sport was now available with a more powerful 2.0-liter GDI engine.
Exterior enhancements include new front and rear styling with tinted taillights and L-shaped fog light housings. Limited and Sport models included projector headlights with LED accents and LED taillights. New wheel designs were available for all trims, including the base SE, SE with SE Preferred Package, Limited and Sport models. A driver's blind spot mirror was added and a new Driver Selectable Steering Mode is standard on the Limited and Sport models.
Interior enhancements include raised HVAC vent locations and new HVAC control design; 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen radio with backup camera on the SE Preferred Package, Limited and Sport models; updated navigation system; increased center armrest location; and straight pull gear selector with leather boot.
- 2015 model year: A new SE Style Package is available for SE trims and included a sunroof, leather steering wheel and shifter, projector headlights with LED accents, chrome belt molding, and aluminum door sills. A Sport Tech Package added navigation and premium audio.
- 2016 model year: A new Value Edition for the SE package replaced the SE Style Package, and included wheels from the Elantra Coupe SE, sunroof, leather steering wheel and shifter, smart key and push button start, heated front seats, and side mirror turn signals. Limited models now included standard smart key with push button start and dual zone climate control. Sport models had reduced pricing, but no longer included leather seats or a sunroof.
Elantra Langdong (朗動) is a longer version of Elantra for the Chinese market. Released in August 2012, the Langdong sedan is 4 cm (1.6 in) longer and 1 cm (0.39 in) wider than the Elantra sold in other markets. Its hexagonal front grille was replaced with a chrome wing-shaped version. The design was based on the Wind Craft concept.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Production models included a choice of 1.6-liter MPI engine rated 127.4 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) and 15.9 kg⋅m (156 N⋅m; 115 lbf⋅ft), 1.8-liter MPI engines rated 146 PS (107 kW; 144 hp) and 17.8 kg⋅m (175 N⋅m; 129 lbf⋅ft); six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Coupe (JK; 2013–2014)
For the 2013 model year, a coupe based on the sedan debuted. The coupe featured a continuation of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture body design language, with more aggressive styling than the sedan.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Busan International Motor Show. The production model included a 2.0 Nu GDi Engine with a 6-speed transmission.
The Elantra Coupe was discontinued after the 2014 model year in the US due to poor sales, so the brand could focus on the sedan and GT models.
Sixth generation (AD; 2015–2020)
Following the September 2015 launch of the Avante in South Korea, the sixth generation Elantra was announced to be released for sale in February 2016 for the 2017 model year in North America. Two trims are present in the 2017 model release: SE and Limited (Value Edition and Sport released later). In India, the AD series Hyundai Elantra launched on 23 August 2016 with gasoline and diesel engine options. Its gasoline variants displaces 2.0 liters, while the diesel engine is a 1.6-liter unit.
The design of the car has been changed to a more conservative appearance. The "fluidic sculpture" design that persisted across the Hyundai portfolio since 2011 is gone in the sixth generation Elantra. The car is now more like a fastback with its roofline sloped from the windshield to the rear of the car and it has less curves overall with pentagonal head and tail lights, a hexagonal grille, and redesigned body panels and bumper emphasizing straight lines along the body. The windshield is drawn back from the hood further than the prior generation, making for a more traditional sedan look. The interior is also less curved, with a cockpit, audio/temp controls and glove compartment in a single bow line across the dash. This was done without reducing the interior cabin space of the prior generation at 110.2 cubic feet (while the Elantra is sold under the compact class, it classifies as a mid-size sedan according to the EPA.)
Newly introduced for 2017 is the ECO Trim, a package which replaces the standard engine with a lower displacement Turbocharged 1.4-liter DOHC Inline-4, 128 hp (95 kW) Kappa engine along with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that improves MPG use for eco driving customers.
Also new, the SE model has been noted to come standard with less features compared to the prior generation trim level, and includes a 147 hp (110 kW) 2.0-liter Nu four cylinder engine and mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission: The SE Popular Equipment package which includes alloy wheels, cruise control, automatic headlights, and touchscreen stereo with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support; and a Tech Package (that requires the Popular Equipment package) which includes LED daytime running lights, blind spot and rear cross-traffic alert system, proximity key/push button start, hands-free trunk access, and TFT monochromatic cluster display (replacing the LCD cluster that comes standard). In North America, the SE Popular Equipment package was not available on SE models with the 6-speed manual transmission.
In the middle of the 2017 model year, steering wheel audio controls become standard equipment across all trims. A mid-level Value Edition trim was also added. On top of the Popular Equipment and Tech Package for the SE, it included a power adjustable driver's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power sunroof, and automatic up driver's power window.
Packages for the Limited Edition includes a Limited Tech Package with a power sunroof, touchscreen stereo with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, heated seats, and ClariFi module to enhance interior car audio; and the Ultimate Package (that requires the Limited Tech Package) which adds automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control, lane keep assist, and memory presets for mirrors/driver seat adjustments.
- 2018 model year: The SEL trim replaces the SE with Popular Equipment Package, and now includes blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert and lane change assist, four wheel disc brakes (instead of front disc brakes and rear drum brakes), and rear seat cupholders instead of center console mounted ones. Limited models receive glossy black interior accents and a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror. All models also receive a new machine grey exterior color option and three years of complementary Blue Link/Homelink services.
Roughly halfway through the 2017 model year, Hyundai released a Sport model for the North American market. The Sport slots between the Eco and Limited models and is differentiated externally by different headlights and taillights, ground effects, a more aggressive front and rear bumper and dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets. Under the hood, the Sport features a Turbocharged 1.6-liter direct-injected four cylinder producing 201 hp (150 kW) and 195 lb⋅ft (264 N⋅m) of torque. Transmission options include a 7-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shift mode or a traditional 6-speed manual. Additional modifications for the sport include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red stitching on the seats, shift boot and steering wheel, larger front brakes, 18" alloy wheels, an independent multi-link rear suspension, a thicker front stabilizer bar and a steering ratio tuned for a quicker, sportier feel.
- 2018 model year: A power sunroof and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist are standard for the US market.
The 2019 Elantra 2.0 offered a six-speed automatic transmission. For the 2020 model year, the 2.0 engine will be paired with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) used in the 2019 Kia Forte. This will enable the 2020 Elantra SE to match the Forte FE's 41 miles per U.S. gallon EPA fuel economy rating on the highway. Higher 2.0 trims, which have added weight and different tires, will be rated at 40 mpg on the EPA highway test. The U.S. fueleconomy.gov website shows a city rating of 31 mpg for the 2020 Elantra SE and 30 mpg for higher trims.
The 1.4 Turbo and 1.6 Turbo engines were offered on the 2019 Elantra sedan in the United States, but not in Canada.
|1.4L Kappa II T-GDi||2016–present||130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @ 5500 rpm||21.5 kg⋅m (211 N⋅m; 156 lbf⋅ft) @ 1400-3700 rpm||8.1s||195 km/h (121 mph)|
|1.6L Gamma II MPi||127.5 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) @ 6300 rpm||15.77 kg⋅m (155 N⋅m; 114 lbf⋅ft) @ 4850 rpm||
|1.6L Gamma II T-GDi||2017–present||203.6 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @ 6000 rpm||27.0 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1500-4500 rpm||
||210 km/h (130 mph)|
|2.0L Nu MPi||2016–present||149–156 PS (110–115 kW; 147–154 hp) @ 6200 rpm||18.3–19.9 kg⋅m (179–195 N⋅m; 132–144 lbf⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm||
|1.6L U II CRDi||2016–present||136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4000 rpm||30.6 kg⋅m (300 N⋅m; 221 lbf⋅ft) @ 1750-2500 rpm||
||190 km/h (118 mph)|
Hyundai extensively refreshed the Elantra for the 2019 model year; it received a new exterior look, new wheel designs, new safety features and updated center stack. The new redesign's exterior changes include a new rear with redesigned taillights, "ELANTRA" written across the back, and a hidden trunk release within the Hyundai emblem. New triangular headlights included LED headlights as an option, removing the previously available adaptive HID headlights. The pricing and release of the redesigned Elantra went on sale starting with base manual-transmission SE at $17,985 ($150 more than before), the top-trim Limited at $23,485 ($860 more than before), and the Sport at $23,285 ($600 more than before). It has the Safe Exit Assist feature like the Santa Fe.
Interior design changes include revised HVAC controls for both manual and automatic systems and newly designed vents. The steering wheel has also been changed to the same design shared with the Kona, Veloster and Elantra GT. The instrument cluster has an updated font, center display and checkerboard pattern. A new 5-inch touchscreen audio is now standard on the base SE trim and comes with a backup camera. The center storage in front of the shifter no longer has a door to conceal storage in order to accommodate the available Qi wireless charging dock for compatible smartphones. Rear heated seats are also no longer an option.
The SEL trim and above now includes previously optional advanced safety equipment, including Forward Collision Avoidance, Lane Keep Assist and Drive Attention Alert.
On 6 September 2018, the facelifted Avante was launched in South Korea and became the fifth best-selling car in the South Korean market. The sales were 5,488 cars.
Seventh generation (CN7; 2020–present)
The seventh generation Elantra, to be released for the 2021 model year, was unveiled on 17 March 2020 in West Hollywood. Code name is CN7. It teased a new "parametric dynamics" design language, and a return to a longer and wider sports sedan style.
The seventh generation Elantra was launched one year before its originally planned launch date, 2021. This is partially due to the polarising design on the previous generation Elantra, that prompted sales to decrease.
|Smartstream G1.6||2020–present||6-speed manual
|123 PS (90 kW; 121 hp) @ 6300 rpm||15.7 kg⋅m (154 N⋅m; 114 lbf⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm|
|Gamma LPi 1.6||2020–present||6-speed automatic||120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 6000 rpm||15.5 kg⋅m (152 N⋅m; 112 lbf⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm|
|Calendar Year||United States||Canada||Mexico||Thailand||China|
|2017||198,210||46,112||4,819||48||278,274 (including Hyundai Celesta sales)|
|2018||200,415||41,784||3,946||300,819 (including Hyundai Celesta sales)|
|2019||175,094||39,463||3,003||225,831 (including Hyundai Celesta sales)|
Mitsubishi Motors Australia complained that the Hyundai Elantra was too close to the Elante trim level, which was last used on the 1991 Magna. The British Lotus and the South Korean Kia said that the Elantra name was too close to the Lotus Elan and its Kia counterpart. In 2001, both the Elan and the Elante had ceased production but the Avante's renaming remained necessary as Audi owned the Avant name in Europe. There are also disputes about the chassis codes for the 1996–2000 and the 1999–2000 model years. Hyundai states that the codename of the 1996–98 Elantra is RD and not J2, and the 1999–2000 Elantra's codename is RD2 and not J3.
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Hyundai road vehicle timeline, North American market, 1984–present
|Elantra Touring||Elantra GT(C+US)||Elantra GT(C+US)|
|Santa Fe||Santa Fe||Santa Fe Sport||Santa Fe|
|Veracruz||Santa Fe (LWB / XL)||Palisade|