Moving away from the current styling, the all-new Hyundai Elantra is visually more premium. It comes in both petrol and diesel options, and has an equally attractive price tag of Rs 12.99 lakh onwards.
The Elantra petrol uses a 150hp 2-litre unit (unlike the 1.8-litre engine on the outgoing model) while the diesel version comes with a 126hp 1.6-litre unit. Unsurprisingly the diesel’s for the economy conscious as it’s claimed to return 22.5km/l, the petrol on the other hand manages 14.6km/l. Both manual and automatic transmission choices will be available.
There will be five colour choices on offer, while on the safety front, two standard airbags (six on the top-spec variant) and stability control (only on SX(O)) are present. Apart from this a 3-year, unlimited mileage warranty comes standard as well. There will be three trim levels, namely S, SX, and SX(O).
The petrol range starts at Rs 12.99 lakh for the S (MT), Rs 14.79 lakh for SX (MT), Rs 15.89 lakh for SX (AT), Rs 16.59 lakh for SX(O) (MT), and Rs 17.99 lakh for SX(O) (AT). The diesel, on the other hand, starts at Rs 14.79 lakh for S (MT), Rs 16.39 lakh for SX (MT), Rs 17.69 lakh for SX(O) (MT), and Rs 19.19 lakh for SX(O) (AT). All these are ex-showroom, Delhi prices, and are valid only till December 2016.
And with that pricing, it undercuts all it rivals (including the Toyota Corolla Altis, the Skoda Octavia, the Volkswagen Jetta, and the Renault Fluence) except the Cruze.