Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai Elantra
2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS -- 06-02-2011 2.jpg
Manufacturer Hyundai
Production 1990–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact car
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Predecessor Hyundai Stellar

The Hyundai Elantra (Korean: 현대 엘란트라), or Hyundai Avante (현대 아반떼) in South Korea, is a compact car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1990, now in its fifth generation.

The Elantra was formerly marketed as the Lantra in Australia and some European markets. In Australia, this was due to the similarly named Mitsubishi Magna Elante model.[1] This gave rise to disagreement from other motor manufacturers, and the name was standardized as "Elantra" worldwide in 2001 (with the exception being Korea; Malaysia now uses the "Elantra" name, forsaking the "Avante" of old[2]).

First generation (1990–1995)[edit]

First generation (J1)
Also called Hyundai Lantra
Production 1990–1995
Model years 1991–1995
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Related Mitsubishi Mirage
Engine 1.5 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.8 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length 1990–1993: 4,375 mm (172.2 in)
1993–1995: 4,405 mm (173.4 in)
Width 1990–1993: 1,675 mm (65.9 in)
1993–1995: 1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Height 1990–1993: 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
1993–1995: 1,390 mm (54.7 in)
Curb weight 2,522 lb (1,144 kg)

Launched in October 1990, the Elantra (codename J1) received a mid-term facelift in 1993.

The Elantra was powered by a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6 L (1596 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[clarification needed](10.7 L/100 km) in the city cycle. Starting in 1993 there was also a Mitsubishi-designed 1.8 L (1836 cc) inline-four available; this unit produces 124 hp (99 kW) at 6000 rpm.


1992 Hyundai Lantra (Europe)
1994-1995 Hyundai Elantra (US)

The Hyundai Elantra was facelifted 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 facelifted again. The third (second in North America) and final facelift of this generation occurred in 1994 for both front and rear fascias.[citation needed] The vehicle featured ABS brakes, front airbags, fog lamps, power-operated side mirrors, and optional alloy seven-spoke wheels.

Thailand lineup are:[citation needed]

  • 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 (1995–2000)[edit]

Second generation (J2/RD)
Hyundai Elantra 4302014.JPG
Also called Hyundai Avante (South Korea)
Hyundai Lantra
Bimantara Nenggala
Production 1995–2000
Model years 1996–2000
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Gaborone, Botswana (TMBC)[3]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Related Hyundai Tiburon
Engine 1.5 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.8 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length 1995–1998 Sedan: 4,420 mm (174.0 in)
1995–1998 Wagon: 4,450 mm (175.2 in)
1998–2000 Sedan: 4,450 mm (175.2 in)
1998–2000 Wagon: 4,515 mm (177.8 in)
Width 1995–1998: 1,700 mm (66.9 in)
1998–2000: 1,735 mm (68.3 in)
Height 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
1998–2000 Wagon: 1,460 mm (57.5 in)

Having been 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". Between 1996 and 1998, the Elantra was marketed as the "Bimantara Nenggala" (1.8-litre petrol) in Indonesia.

In Europe, 1996 through 1997 sedan models had carried a silver Mercury-type false grille, whereas wagon carried no front grille by not featuring this covering.[citation needed]

At launch, a 1.5-litre Alpha SOHC (61 kW or 82 hp) I4 engine and 1.8-litre Beta DOHC (95 kW or 127 hp) gasoline I4 engine were available on the domestic market. Later, a 1.5-litre lean-burn (66 kW or 89 hp) gasoline engine based on 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)).[citation needed]


The Hyundai Elantra/Lantra received newer grilles in 1998 for the 1999 model year. The Lantra in Europe now converged into a single-front end design, with the sedan and wagon no longer featuring different front-end designs. The facelift model received the "RD2" or "J3" model codes.

A new 2.0-litre engine option became available with the facelift model. In Australia the GLS model was an upgrade on the GL model, and offered the 2.0-litre engine, velour trim, softer cloth seats, and alloy wheels. Also the GLS had body colored rear license plate light holder and exterior side-view mirrors.

Pre-facelift Hyundai Elantra sedan (USA) 
Pre-facelift Hyundai Lantra sedan (Germany) 
Pre-facelift Hyundai Lantra Kombi (Germany) 
Facelift Hyundai Elantra sedan (USA) 
Facelift Hyundai Lantra SE sedan (Australia) 
Facelift Hyundai Elantra GLS wagon (USA) 

Third generation (2000–2006)[edit]

Third generation (XD)
01-03 Hyundai Elantra GLS sedan.jpg
Also called Hyundai Avante XD (South Korea)
Beijing-Hyundai Elantra
Beijing-Hyundai Elantra Sports
Production 1999–2006 (South Korea)
2000–present (Venezuela)
2003–present (China)
Model years 2001–2006
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Beijing, China (Beijing Hyundai)
Barcelona, Venezuela (MMC Automotriz)[4]
Taganrog, Russia (TagAZ)[5]
Cherkasy, Ukraine (Bogdan)
Taiwan (SYM Motors)
Kerman, Iran
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
Platform Hyundai-Kia J3 platform
Related Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Matrix
Hyundai Tiburon
Kia Spectra
Kia Sportage
Engine 1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.8 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Length 2000–2003 Sedan: 4,510 mm (177.6 in)
2000–2003 Hatchback: 4,495 mm (177.0 in)
2004–2006 Sedan: 4,525 mm (178.1 in)
2004–2006 Hatchback: 4,520 mm (178.0 in)
Width 2000–2003 Sedan: 1,720 mm (67.7 in)
2004–2006 Sedan: 1,725 mm (67.9 in)
Hatchback: 1,720 mm (67.7 in)
Height 1,425 mm (56.1 in)
Curb weight 1,195 kg (2,635 lb)
Successor Hyundai i30 (hatchback)
2000–2003 Hyundai Elantra GL hatchback (Australia)
2000–2003 Hyundai Elantra GL hatchback (Australia)
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS sedan (US)
2003–2006 Hyundai Elantra GL sedan (Japan)

An all-new model (codename XD) was launched in 2000. The estate 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, the Elantra received a facelift for all models (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 did not feature alloy wheels, only 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.

The XD Elantra was available with 1.6-, 1.8- and 2.0-L gasoline engines and a 2.0-L turbodiesel. 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 has changed little since the second generation, successive improvements have improved fuel economy 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 also 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 U.S. states. One common problem with this edition elantra is a cylinder 4 misfire code. The website claims the L/100 km of this car and model range is approx. 8.4L/100 km Citation

  • Hyundai Elantra (2000–2003) performance:
Model Engine Displ. Power Torque 0–100 km/h 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 1796 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 104 kW (141 PS; 139 hp) @ 6000 rpm 186 N·m (137 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 255 N·m (188 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm 11.7 sec. 190 km/h (118 mph)
  • Hyundai Elantra (2004–2006) performance:
Model Engine Displ. Power Torque 0–100 km/h 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 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp) @ 6000 rpm 186 N·m (137 lb·ft) @ 4500 rpm 10.4 sec. (8.4 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 (2006–2010)[edit]

Fourth generation (HD)
2007 Hyundai Elantra.jpg
Also called Hyundai Avante (South Korea)
Production 2006–2010
- present (production continues in China)
Model years 2007–2010
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Engine 1.6 L Gamma I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L Beta II I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L U-Line I4 (t/c diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length 4,505 mm (177.4 in)
Elantra Yue Dong: 4,542 mm (178.8 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Elantra Yue Dong: 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Hyundai Elantra (HD) SX sedan (Australia)

A redesigned fourth generation Elantra sedan (designated HD) debuted at the 2006 New York Auto Show for the 2007 model year. Like before, the HD sold under the Hyundai Avante name in its South Korean home market. It utilized a resurrected appearance from the 1960s and 1970s called "coke bottle styling" in an attempt to add a more pleasing shape from previous examples.

The engine lineup includes 1.6- Gamma and 2.0-litre Beta II gasoline inline-four engines, and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel inline-four. All engines feature improved fuel economy over previous versions. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the Elantra received a Good overall score in the frontal crash test and an 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.[6][7][8] Standard side airbags include 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.

North America

Only the 2.0-litre engine is 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 adds side curtain airbags (previously front and side only), active head restraints and all-round disc brakes with four-channel ABS. The Elantra also offers the most interior room in its class, leading the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to classify it as a mid-size car.

Hyundai offered the Hyundai i30 wagon in the U.S. and Canada marketed as the "Elantra Touring". Elsewhere, the same vehicle is marketed as the Hyundai i30cw.

  • 2008 model year: the "Limited" trim level was dropped, leaving "GLS" and "SE" trim choices in the US. The SE trim includes features not available on the "GLS", such as 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 interface system became standard equipment on the "SE" models. On the central instrumentation, the gear shift indicator has been moved to the trip computer display, and the coolant temperature gauge has been removed. "GLS" models receive new wheel cover designs, and "SE" models have a rear garnish on the rear registration plate border. Exterior color choices now include Natural Khaki. The 2009 model year Elantra was the highest quality compact car by J.D. Power's quality study.[9] The study measures 228 attributes, including the overall driving experience, engine and transmission, and a broad range of defect and design problems reported by vehicle owners.[10][11] The 2008, 2009, and 2010 Elantra SE has been 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 receives a slightly modified design, and "Blue" and "GLS" models also receive chrome rear garnish. The interior receives chrome door handles, new metallic interior finish, cup holders, and a chrome-trimmed gear selector for "SE" models. "GLS" and "SE" models now have a standard automatic transmission, while the lesser "Blue" models only comes with a manual. The "GLS" is available with sunroof or an LG navigation system; "SE" is available with 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 have been slightly changed, with Nordic White and Black Noir Pearl replacing the Captiva White and Black Pearl, respectively; Purple Rain was deleted.
Hyundai Avante LPI Hybrid (South Korea)

Canadian trim levels are different from the US models. The base model "L" offers a base package with a four-speaker CD/MP3/Auxiliary stereo and front airbags. This trim also includes power windows in the front with manual windows in the rear. Moving up to the "GL" adds heated mirrors, air conditioning, power windows all around, heated seats, a six-speaker stereo, wheel-mounted cruise control and keyless entry with alarm. The "GLS" trim adds 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 adds 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", adds leather seats, a telescopic steering wheel and automatic climate control air conditioning.

LPI Hybrid[edit]

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 petroleum 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.[12][13] 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.[14] The lithium-ion polymer batteries, for which the LPI Hybrid is the first hybrid to adopt,[12][14] differ from lithium-ion batteries in the medium used for the battery’s chemical reaction, as the latter use liquid or gel electrolyte as the conduit by which electrons pass between the anodes and cathodes, while lithium-polymer batteries, which Korean company LG Chem has been making for various applications since 2005, use a dry polymer that is considered more stable and fire-resistant than liquid.[15] If the cells in a lithium-ion battery overheat, the liquid electrolyte can leak and cause a fire, which makes lithium-polymer batteries safer, and improves battery life under high-temperature conditions. The batteries used in the Hyundai Elantra LPI HEV also hold a more dense charge, which means that they can be more compact for an equivalent charge, and their self-discharge rate is said to be one-third of nickel-metal hydride batteries.[15]

The LPI Hybrid is equipped with the 1.6-litre Gamma engine, a 15 kilowatts (20 hp) electric motor, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The LPI Hybrid delivers a fuel economy rating of 41.9 miles per US gallon (5.61 L/100 km; 50.3 mpg-imp). As compared to the conventional 1.6-litre model, and considering South Korean gasoline prices, the LPI Hybrid can travel 39 kilometres (24 mi) for the price of one litre of gasoline, while the conventional model would be able to travel only a distance of 15 kilometres (9.3 mi).[12] The engine emits 99 g/km of CO
which allows the car to qualify as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV).[12] The LPI Hybrid produces 90 percent fewer emissions than an equivalent standard gasoline powered model, and LPG is a low carbon emitting hydrocarbon fuel which burns more cleanly than either gasoline or diesel, and also is free of the particulates associated with diesel.[14] The LPI Hybrid also shares its powertrain with the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid.[15]

The Elantra hybrid comes with an “Eco Guide” tree icon meant to coach the driver into developing more eco driving habits. The CVT also has an optional "E (Eco-Drive)" gear to maximize fuel efficiency.[16] The Elantra hybrid has since been dropped the selling of the LPG Hybrid (in Australia at least) due to lack of demand, increase in emphasis on brand image, and change in focus to cleaner diesel engines.[17]

Fifth generation (2011–present)[edit]

Fifth generation (MD/UD)
Hyundai Elantra 2013 sedan.jpg
Also called Hyundai Avante (South Korea)
Inokom Elantra (Malaysia)
Elantra Langdong (China)
Hyundai i35 (Israel)
Hyundai Neo Fludic Elantra (India)
Production 2010–present
Model years 2011–present
Assembly Ulsan, South Korea
Montgomery, Alabama, USA, Chennai, India[18]
Taiwan (SYM Motors)
Beijing, China (Beijing Hyundai)
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
2-door coupé (2012-present)
5-door hatchback
Engine 1.6 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.8 L Nu I4 (petrol)
2.0 L Nu I4 (petrol)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,530–4,540 mm (178.3–178.7 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height 1,435–1,445 mm (56.5–56.9 in)
Curb weight 1,161–1,305 kg (2,560–2,877 lb)
Hyundai Elantra Active (Australia)

The fifth-generation Avante debuted at the 2010 Busan International Motor Show in April 2010. It is codenamed "MD" for the sedan,[19] or "UD" for sedan manufactured in the US, and "JK" for the coupe. It features 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 a 6-speed manual transmission; for some markets like the Middle East, the 1.6-L engine is a MPI version that delivers 128 hp. However, the Israeli market receives the Elantra, with a 1.6 GDI 132 hp coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission only. The design continues 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.[20][21] 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). 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.[22] The fuel economy was increased with a low drag coefficient of just 0.28. Also, the Nu engine block is made of aluminum instead of the previous cast iron. With an off-center piston to crankshaft position, Hyundai engineers have optimized the engine for efficiency.

EPA estimated gas mileage 40/29 have been called into question by Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica CA consumer group, and USA Today's tech writer Jefferson Graham who claims to get combined city/highway mpg of 22 mpg. However, real-world test by Popular Mechanics showed significantly­ better fuel economy than EPA estimated MPG.[23] Also, The Truth About Cars editor tested real-world MPG, it satisfied by results, editor gave Consumer Watchdog a thumbs down.[24] The underpinnings of the second-generation i30 and Elantra are similar in their configuration and makeup. The similarities between the second-generation i30 and Elantra continue in front end and suspension characteristics.

The Elantra will be available in two trim levels, GLS and Limited. Some of the premium features include heated front and rear seats, proximity key entry with electronic push-button start with immobilizer, and navigation with touch screen.[25] Total US sales for the Elantra in 2011 reached 186,361 units, up 41 percent from 2010.[26] The Elantra was crowned North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show over the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat.[27] and also The Elantra has been crowned as South African Car of the Year 2012. At the 8th Manila International Auto Show, the Elantra was crowned as the Philippine Car of the Year, the first time a Korean car maker has won the award.[28]

Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS won the WesBank's Car of the Year in South Africa[29] and North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.[27]

Elantra Langdong[edit]

Hyundai Elantra Langdong

Elantra Langdong (朗動) is a longer version of Elantra for China market. The Langdong sedan is 4 cm (1.6 in) longer and 1 cm (0.39 in) taller than the Elantra sold in other markets. Its hexagonal front grille was replaced with a chrome wing-shaped version to give it a higher-end appearance.[30][31] The design was based on the Wind Craft concept.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Production models would include a choice of 1.6L MPI engine rated 127.4 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) and 15.9 kg·m (156 N·m; 115 lbf·ft), 1.8L MPI engines rated 146.1 PS (107 kW; 144 hp) and 17.8 kg·m (175 N·m; 129 lbf·ft); 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions with Active ECO driving mode.[32]

Coupé (2012–present)[edit]

2014 Elantra Coupé (US)

For the 2013 year, a new coupé based on the sedan design of the Elantra will hit the market. The coupé will feature a continuation of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture body design language, and will be more aggressive in styling than the Elantra sedan.[33]

The vehicle was unveiled in Busan International Motor Show 2012. Production model included 2.0 Nu GDi Engine, 6-speed transmission.[34]

Elantra GT[edit]

2013 Elantra GT
Main article: Hyundai i30

In Summer 2012 Hyundai launched the Elantra GT, a five-door hatchback model, in the US and Canada.[35] Elsewhere, this vehicle is marketed as the Hyundai i30. The Elantra GT has the same 148 hp (110 kW) long-stroke 1.8 litre four as does the rest of the North American Elantra lineup.[35]

Naming disputes[edit]

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 European 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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