Hyundai sweetens the deal
Owners can now trade in paid-off Elantras and still pay the same instalments on a new one
FIVE years ago, in 2012, Hyundai sold new Elantras to over 14 700 new owners.
Now Stanley Anderson, head of marketing and sales at Hyundai SA, has good news for all the owners who have paid off their Elantra and want to trade it in on the new edgy model — trade in the paid-off Elantra and continue paying the same instalments on a new one.
However, Anderson said few fleetbuyers will be able to make use of this offer, as they increasingly value Hyundai cars for their five-year or 150 000 km warranty, and have likely already sold their fleet car after two years to sweeten the deal with the remaining three-year warranty.
A three-year warranty is what most dealers, like Toyota, still offer.
On top of this extra-long warranty, Hyundai also has as part of all model pricing a two-year powertrain warranty, a five-year/150 000 km roadside assistance and a five-year/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000 km for all derivatives, although the new Elantra Sport has an additional initial service after 5 000 km.
Anderson said the new model builds on the design credentials of the 2012 model that won Car of the Year.
The 2017 Elantra enters the SA market this month in four derivatives: the Elantra 1.6 Executive manual and Elantra 1.6 Executive automatic (both driven by a 1,6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine); the Elantra 2.0 Elite, with a natu- rally aspirated two-litre petrol engine; and the range-topping Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport, with a powerful 1,6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille gives the Elantra a strong presence from the front, with automatic projection headlamps including LED Daytime Running lights as part of the cluster. The Elantra’s sporty lower front fascia integrates functional front wheel air curtains that help manage air flow from the front of the vehicle and around the wheels to minimise turbulence and wind resistance. In addition, underbody covers, an aerodynamic rear bumper bottom spoiler and rear deck lid designed with an expanded trunk edge contribute to the Elantra’s 0,27 coefficient of drag.
The rear light cluster of the new Elantra with its bright LED display is also distinctive of the Hyundai range. For the Elantra Sport, a different bottom half of the rear bumper reiterates its sporty nature, with a unique skid plate and visible chrome-plated dual exhaust pipes.
MODERN, INTUITIVE INTERIOR
The contemporary interior design integrates premium soft-touch materials in key touch points and high-tech details to create an inviting and comfortable interior environment for all passengers.
The standard eight-inch infotainment system, which includes satellite navigation, provides a USB Mirror Link for Android cell phones, HDMI connectivity for iPhones to view the iPhone screen on the head unit, hands-free Bluetooth telephone link with remote controls on the steering wheel, Bluetooth music streaming and AUX and USB input ports. It also features a CD player.
The new Elantra is available with three petrol engines: A 1 591 cc four-cylinder engine that produces 94 kW at 6 300 rpm and 154 Nm at 4 850 rpm in the Elantra 1.6 Executive manual and 1.6 Executive Elite automatic; the 1 999 cc Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine producing a peak 115 kW at 6 200 rpm and 195 Nm of torque at 4 500 rpm in the Elantra 2.0 Elite automatic; and the turbocharged 1 591 cc four-cylinder engine in the Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport producing 150 kW at 6 000 rpm and 265 Nm torque from 1 500 to 4 500 rpm.
The recommended retail prices of the new Elantra range are: • Elantra 1.6 Executive (manual) R299 900 • Elantra 1.6 Executive (auto) R314 900 • Elantra 2.0 Elite (auto) R349 900 • Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT R399 900
The new Hyundai Elantra is ready to take the fight to the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3.