Hyundai’s face-lifted Elantra gets the company’s new 1.5 litre U2 diesel engine in the same specification as the Creta and Verna diesel. It will be made available with a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Hyundai India has updated the company brochure for the Elantra D-segment sedan on its website with details and specifications for the diesel model that is all set to make a comeback once the COVID-19 lockdown is over. The Elantra is available in petrol BS6 guise as of now, but with the latest update, the diesel model too has made a comeback. The old oil burner has been junked in favour of the company’s new 1.5 litre diesel engine. For the Elantra, it comes with the variable geometry turbocharger that helps the engine develop 113bhp of max power @ 4,000rpm and 250Nm of peak torque is spread between 1,500 – 2,750rpm. In essence, this is the same specification as the Hyundai Creta and Verna diesel.
And like in the Verna and Creta, the engine in the Elantra is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The Hyundai Elantra is now offered in two variants, SX and SX (O) with both variants on offer with the choice of a manual or automatic transmission. The Elantra was updated fairly recently with a face-lift in October of 2019 that brought about the updated 2.0 litre petrol engine, along with LED headlights, Bluelink connected car features and more. But the missing link of a diesel powertrain has now finally been filled.
D-segment sedans aren’t doing too well in India, owing to a higher demand for SUVs in that category. In fact, Toyota has discontinued the Corolla in India and has even said that it will not be bringing the new Corolla to India citing low demand in that segment. But rest assured, the D-segment sedan will continue to live on with cars such as the Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia soldiering on despite tough conditions.
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