Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Hyundai Press, Brent Co | posted April 14, 2011 13:07
Re-entering in style
At the Manila International Auto Show, Hyundai debuted the 5th generation of its compact sedan, the Elantra in a presentation presided by Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. President, Ms. Ma Fe Perez-Agudo and attended by Lee Hye-Min, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to the Philippines.
The new Elantra rolled out with what Hyundai calls the "wind craft" signature bodyline, characterized by dynamic contours and a gently-sloping outline derived from Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. Similar details that were seen in the Sonata and the Accent made their way into Hyundai's C-segment car, both inside and out, including the iconic hexagonal front grille and tapered front headlamps.
The all new Elantra has been given 2 new engines, with the Automatic Transmission variant getting the 1.8-liter Nu MPI engine that can rev up for maximum output of 150ps while the Manual Transmission model has a 1.6-liter Gamma MPI engine that can generate up to 130ps Both engines have Dual CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing) for improved fuel efficiency and power.
The new Elantra retails for Php798,000 for the 1.6-liter manual transmission variant and Php938,000 for the top trim 1.8-liter automatic.