The new 2021 Hyundai Elantra is up for an eighth-generation reboot, featuring a freshly chiselled look with the obligatory ‘coupe’ roofline
The Korean dream team has come together once again to do an all-new eighth generation Hyundai Elantra with the obligatory four-door-coupe look and plenty of sharp edges.
For 2021 the Elantra has grown bigger, wider and lower with a longer wheelbase, and in fact it’s the longest and widest sedan in class. For the first time the Elantra line-up will also include a hybrid model, the Koreans saying that first deliveries will begin late this year. With the increased dimensions Hyundai prioritised interior space particularly increasing rear leg room.
From the side the new Elantra shows off what Hyundai’s design team calls “parametric-jewel body surfaces” – it’s a bit like Chris Bangle’s infamous flame surfacing at BMW, or basically three lines that meet at one point. At the front the same treatment is given to the massive grille and at the rear the horizontal cues are meant to emphasise width.
Inside the car there is a new 10.25-inch driver’s display and 10.25-inch infotainment system and a dash that takes inspiration from aircraft cockpits according to Hyundai, plus there are 64 mood-lighting colours to choose from in case you’re an insane person.
The hybrid version of the new Elantra will feature a 1.6-litre engine and an electric motor providing a total system output of 139 horsepower and 265Nm of torque. The normal Elantra, available in three trim levels, packs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 147 horsepower at 6,200rpm and 180N of torque. According to Hyundai the aim was to make an Elantra that was ”exciting and fun to drive”, and there are no ridiculous rubber-band tyres on offer – 17-inch wheels are the biggest you can have, and the most basic car actually gets 15s.
In terms of tech onboard the Elantra packs a lot of kit, with a new voice control system and the latest suite of safety equipment. A long list is already included as standard, but ‘full-options’ cars also come with smart-cruise control, highway-driving assist, and a reverse parking warning system.