The new-generation Hyundai Elantra is all about a redesigned polished look and new architecture – definitely a head-turner that is more aggressive and sportier than its predecessor.

The compact sedan is built on Hyundai’s K3 platform which enhances the vehicle’s overall design, safety, efficiency, power and driving performance.

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Thanks to the new platform, the five-seater is lighter and has better fuel economy compared to the previous generation.

Its unique Sensuous Sportiness styling theme makes the car bold and strong inside and out. Not only that, but the Elantra is loaded with technology, making it competitive against all its competitors in the same segment.

All of these great elements combined into one car, one may think that the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is out of the budget however, the bigger and stylish sedan comes with an affordable, smaller price.

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The Korean brand which is exclusively distributed by Setia Motors is available in two specifications; Premium and Standard, each is priced below $40,000.

Aggressive exterior

The new Elantra displays an everyday four-door-coupe look with a longer wheelbase, wider stance and lower roofline compared to the older generation.

The overall length has been increased by 2.2 inches while the wheelbase is 0.8 inches. The car is also 0.8 inches lower and 1.0 inches wider, giving it a more aggressive stance.

With 113.6 cubic feet of over interior volume, the Elantra is technically classified as a midsize car.

The exterior look adapts the all-new Hyundai’s design called the “Parametric Jewel-pattern Design”, consisting of triangles which design has been integrated on its side profile making it apparent.

The design highlights the depth of the front grille, making it resembles diamond-cut gemstones and the bold and elongated front headlights come together to give the Elantra its front sporty look.

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The edgy spoiler on the trunk and the integrated all-in-one taillight which represents Hyundai with its distinct H-shape design helps create a high-tech, futuristic rear look, described Hyundai in its brochure.

Aesthetic interior

On the inside, the new Elantra’s cabin is neat and elegant featuring low, integrated dash vents. It is also driver-focused with properly laid-out buttons that give a hassle-free driving experience.

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The Immersive Interface of the Hyundai cocoons the driver like a cockpit that surrounds the pilot, offering easier control and an enveloping, advanced driving experience.

On the Premium spec, the interior is fitted with natural leather seats combined with a Bose premium sound system of 8 high-performance speakers throughout the whole vehicle.

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The cockpit is also a fully immersive space with a 10.25-inch digital cluster which is tilted 10 degrees toward the driver for easier control.

The Elantra premium also comes with wireless smartphone charging that is as simple as placing your phone on the charging pad.

K3 platform for a powerful and safe Elantra

The car’s new K3 platform allows Hyundai engineers to lower the Elantra’s centre of gravity, giving more agile handling for an optimal driving performance wherever you go.

Should there a collision, the platform improves safety because it uses a multiload path structure.

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The Elantra is powered by a 1.6MPI fuel-efficient engine that pushes out 127.5 PS / 155 Nm of torque.

Some of the safety features are such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Following Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.

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Both Premium and Standard specifications are now available for sale and also viewing by the public at Setia Motors.

The Hyundai Elantra Premium is priced at $35,800 or $5xx per month while the Hyundai Elantra Standard is $28,400 or $4xx per month.

Visit their showroom in Beribi to have a close look at the car and book a test drive of the all-new Elantra or any of the Hyundai lineup cars.

For updates, follow them on Instagram @hyundaibrunei

This article was first published on November 21, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 116

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