It has been less than a year since Hyundai revealed the redesigned 2019 Elantra. Looking meaner and more dynamic than before, the compact sedan from Hyundai has ditched its rounded and curvaceous look for a more angular and sporty design.
Now, the Korean automaker has introduced a new set of updates on the 2020 Elantra including a new transmission option. Say goodbye to the good ol' six-speed automatic as it has been replaced by a CVT. Called Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), it's essentially the same CVT that can be found on the all-new Forte.
According to Hyundai, the switch to IVT was done in order to improve the Elantra's fuel economy. Paired with the 2.0-liter, 147 PS engine and Hyundai claimed that the engine returned on average a combined 34 miles per gallon (about 14.5 km/l). The previous six-speed automatic was only able to have a combined fuel consumption of 32 miles per gallon (about 13.6 km/l).
While the 2.0-liter model is now only avaialable with the IVT, other engine offerings like the 1.4-liter turbo and 1.6-liter turbo-GDI are only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch. Aside from discontinuing the six-speed auto, Hyundai has also decided to drop the manual transmission altogether across all variants for the US market.
Besides making it more efficient, Hyundai also gave the 2020 Elantra the SmartSense safety package. With it, active safety systems like smart cruise control (adaptive), safe exit assist (which alerts passengers if there's an oncoming vehicle from behind), and forward collision-avoidance assist help the driver and its occupants be safe from harm. On top of that, the 2020 Elantra can also come with forward collision alert, lane-keep assist, blind-spot collision warning, and driver attention warning.
With the US-spec Elantra ditching the good ol' stick shift and automatic slush box, does this mean the PH-spec Elantra will shift towards CVT and dual-clutch as well? We'll find out if ever Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) officially brings the refreshed Elantra to the Philippines.